Sara Paretsky “Critical Mass”

January 20th, 2014

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An unwelcome figure from Dr. Lotty Herschel’s past resurfaces in Sara Paretsky‘s latest novel “Critical Mass.” Paretsky’s popular private eye V.I. Warshawski steps in to help her closest friend.

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As Vic discovers, Lotty lost most of her family in the Holocaust, but she escaped to London in 1939 with a childhood playmate, Kitty Binder. Now Kitty’s daughter is in danger — and so is her grandson.

But their troubles turn out to be just the beginning, as Vic uncovers a viper’s nest of lies, secrets, and silence, whose origins go back to the mad competition among America, Germany, Japan and England to develop the first atomic bomb.

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Cate Lineberry “The Secret Rescue”

June 12th, 2013

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When 26 U.S. Army nurses and medics boarded a cargo plane for transport in November 1943, they never anticipated a crash landing in Nazi-occupied Albania that would lead to their months-long struggle for survival.

They were part of the 807th Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron, and their untold story now unfolds in Cate Lineberry‘s book “The Secret Rescue.”

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It was a drama that captured the attention of the American public. The group and its flight crew dodged bullets and battled blinding winter storms as they climbed mountains and fought to survive, aided by courageous villagers who risked death at Nazi hands to help them.

But because of security concerns, the story of these 26 men and women has been left largely untold. Until now. Continue to the interview > > >

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Karen Fisher-Alaniz “Breaking the Code”

December 4th, 2012

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When she was growing up in the ’60s and ’70s, Karen Fisher-Alaniz had little interest in her father’s experience in the Navy in World War II. And Murray Fisher had little to say about it, anyway.

Until the day he gave his daughter a collection of over 400 pages of letters he had written home to his parents during the war.

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From that moment on, Karen Fisher-Alaniz knew she could not leave questions unanswered any longer.

And what she discovered, about her own father, amazed, astonished, and humbled her in ways she never expected.

Her book is called “Breaking the Code.”

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Ellen Cassedy “We Are Here”

June 19th, 2012

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It started as a simple desire to learn the Yiddish her late mother spoke. But for journalist Ellen Cassedy a journey back to her family’s homeland in Lithuania soon morphed into something much more challenging, more troubling, and more fascinating and ultimately rewarding than she had imagined.

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As she tells in her new book “We Are Here,” Ellen Cassedy also found new perspective on the Lithuanian Holocaust, on World War Two itself, and the echoes that still shape people’s lives today.

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Craig Shirley “December 1941″

December 2nd, 2011

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Every school child knows what happened to America on December 7th, 1941. But what happened on December 1st through 6th? Or December 8th through the 31st?

Craig Shirley dug deep to trace, day by day, the events of what turned out to be one of the most pivotal months in all of American history. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor changed the lives of millions and the course of history forever.

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Devoting an entire chapter to each day of December, Shirley pulls into extraordinarily sharp focus how the war changes Washington, America, the world, and everything from the auto industry to the federal government to Hollywood. His book is called “December 1941.”

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