Rita Cosby “Quiet Hero”

July 26th, 2010

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It took more than six decades after the end of World War Two for the story of Polish-born Ryszard Kossobudzki to come to light. A teenage member of the Resistance in Warsaw, a prisoner of war, a true hero — but one who never talked about his past.

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It took a miraculous turn of events, plus the stubborn persistence of his daughter, noted investigative reporter Rita Cosby, to get Ryszard Kossobudzki, or Richard Cosby, to open up. You’ll be awed by his story, told by his daughter, in her book “Quiet Hero.”

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Charles McCain “An Honorable German”

June 7th, 2009

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Novels of World War Two are plentiful, but debuting writer Charles McCain feels his book, “An Honorable German,” is going to thrill readers with a point of view that will keep you off-balance.

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“An Honorable German” is a submarine novel told through the eyes of Max Brekendorf, a young German naval officer fighting for his country with honor and courage. As the tide of war turns against the Nazi regime, however, Max eventually finds that he has a moral choice to make that will have huge consequences.

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Maxwell Taylor Kennedy “Danger’s Hour”

November 17th, 2008

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How is it possible to suppress a man’s instinctive desire to live, and persuade him to commit mass murder and suicide at the same time? A very relevant question for us today, in the global war on terror – but to Maxwell Taylor Kennedy, it’s also the question at the heart of his book “Danger’s Hour.”

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It’s a retelling of the story of the U.S. aircraft carrier Bunker Hill. On May 11, 1945, the Bunker Hill was attacked by Japanese kamikazes, in a clash of warriors and their fundamental cultural philosophies.

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Harry Turtledove “The Man With the Iron Heart”

August 24th, 2008

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Every good novel is, at its heart, a story of “what if” – but alternate history is an entire “what if” unto itself. In the case of Harry Turtledove‘s book “The Man With the Iron Heart,” it’s this: what if V-E Day didn’t actually end the Second World War in Europe?

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What if some Nazis decided to keep on fighting a guerrilla war, leading to a grinding, protracted conflict played out .. well, played out much like what we’re in now, in Iraq? It’s a new and different kind of challenge for the man known as the Master of Alternative History.

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Alex Kershaw “Escape From the Deep”

June 15th, 2008

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The USS Tang was America’s deadliest submarine in the Pacific Ocean in 1944. Tang and her crew sank 31 enemy ships and damaged two more in a career that lasted less than a year. On its last mission, in October 1944, the Tang’s last torpedo malfunctioned, turning back in the water and destroying the sub.

Half the crew was killed instantly. The survivors fought to stay alive 180 feet underwater. Ultimately just nine of the original 80-man crew made it out, where they were “rescued” by the Japanese, and taken to the infamous “Torture Farm.” Their heartstopping story is now told in Alex Kershaw‘s book “Escape From the Deep.”

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