March 3, 2021

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His soldiers weren't yet calling him the Lost Kauz behind his back, not when this began. The soldiers of his who would be injured were still perfectly healthy, and the soldiers of his who would die were still perfectly alive. 
Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of WWII's Greatest Rescue Mission
Hampton Sides

Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of WWII's Greatest Rescue Mission

By: Hampton Sides
Recommended for grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12, College Plus

On January 28, 1945, 121 hand-selected U. S. troops slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines. Their mission: March thirty rugged miles to rescue 513 POWs languishing in a hellish camp, among them the last survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March. A recent prison massacre by Japanese soldiers elsewhere in the Philippines made the stakes impossibly high and left little time to plan the complex operation. In Ghost Soldiers Hampton Sides vividly re-creates this daring raid, offering a minute-by-minute narration that unfolds alongside intimate portraits of the prisoners and their lives in the camp. Sides shows how the POWs banded together to survive, defying the Japanese authorities even as they endured starvation, tropical diseases, and torture. Harrowing, poignant, and inspiring, Ghost Soldiers is the mesmerizing story of a remarkable mission. It is also a testament to the human spirit, an account of enormous bravery and self-sacrifice amid the most trying conditions. —From Knopf Doubleday

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The Good Soldiers
David Finket

The Good Soldiers

By: David Finket
Recommended for grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12, College Plus

It was the last-chance moment of the war. In January 2007, President George W. Bush announced a new strategy for Iraq. It became known as "the surge." Among those called to carry it out were the young, optimistic army infantry soldiers of the 2-16, the battalion nicknamed the Rangers. About to head to a vicious area of Baghdad, they decided the difference would be them. Fifteen months later, the soldiers returned home — forever changed. The chronicle of their tour is gripping, devastating, and deeply illuminating for anyone with an interest in human conflict. With The Good Soldiers, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Finkel has produced an eternal story — not just of the Iraq War, but of all wars, for all time. —from the website at Macmillan

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Fallen Angels
Walter Dean Myers

Fallen Angels

By: Walter Dean Myers
Recommended for grade(s): 9, 10

"There's only two kinds of people in Vietnam. People who are alert twenty-fours a day, and people who are dead." Richie Perry was seventeen and in trouble. There was no way he could afford college, and the streets were just too hard. He hadn't really given the army too much thought. It was enough that it would give him something to do and three meals a day. He just wanted to cool out till he got himself together. Basic training wasn't so hard. But there were things they didn't tell him in basic. They didn't tell him about Nam Rot, or napalm that sucked the air out of your lungs from a hundred yards away, or the body bags that lay in neat piles, ready for the next soldier to die. They didn't tell him how it felt to shoot at Vietnamese soldiers no older than you were, and just as afraid. In a novel rich in characters and authentic in detail, Walter Dean Myers tells the powerful story of one seventeen-year-old's tour of duty. Fallen Angels is a testament to the thousands of young adults who fought and died in the Vietnam War.  Coretta Scott King Award Winner 1989. —from the Scholastic website

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The Things They Carried
Tim O'Brien

The Things They Carried

By: Tim O'Brien
Recommended for grade(s): 11, 12, College Plus

The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O'Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. Taught everywhere—from high school classrooms to graduate seminars in creative writing—it has become required reading for any American and continues to challenge readers in their perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, courage and fear and longing. —from the website at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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