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Miracle at St. Anna

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2005

    Buffalo Soldiers in Tuscany

    Rarely have I encountered a book that moved me as much as James McBride¿s Miracle at St. Anna. Not only should it be declared an American classic, every college should make it part of their freshman reading list. McBride engages the seldom mentioned subject of black combat soldiers in World War II. Four members of the famed 92nd Infantry Division (the Buffalo Soldiers), find themselves trapped behind enemy lines in Tuscany. Surrounded by Germans, the quartet rescues a small Italian boy who proves to be the catalyst in each man¿s quest for courage, love, sacrifice, and honor. The poignancy of their battle is emphasized by the ambivalence they each experience over fighting for freedoms in Europe that they are not afforded in their own country. Each man accepts the challenge, albeit reluctantly at times, exhibiting a depth of character and humanity previously unknown to them. McBride weaves a theme of invisibility into the story that translates into the moral invincibility of the main characters. McBride has studied and practiced his craft well. I can honestly say that I feel privileged to have read his work. I hope to see more novels from him in the future.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2003

    Could Make an Excellent Movie

    This story was one of the best novels that I have read in years. This real life story was written in vivid detail. Amidst the violence and hatred stands LOVE. Love which 'covers a multitude of sins.' Breathtaking, disturbing, horrifying, tantalizing, and heartwarming, all describe the tone of this wonderful story. Blacks and other minorities are often discounted and not seen as viable forces within society. This book shows the mindset of some 'non-minorities' that continues to strive in today's world. It is good to know that the Buffalo Soldiers and other minorities had a major contribution towards resolving WWII. I was not only entertained but educated. This novel not only touched me personally but taught me the 'history' of the Buffalo Soldiers. I never knew why black troops carried that name, but the author eloquently explains that while telling an exciting story which bonded people of all races into one LOVE. Mr. James Mcbride deserves an award for this novel. I highly recommend this book for your library.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2009

    Miracle at St. Anna

    This a great story!!! Any one who loves WW2 would enjoy this book! The book is very moving and I thoroughly enjoyed it! This book is a MUST READ!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2004

    Superb Writing

    Without a doubt, this is one of the most rewarding novels that I have read. I think this is a must read for all ages. It is, at once, a lesson in story telling and the power of love to avenge evil. For certain, the story does not pretent to resolve all the injustices that it reveals but one cannot help but appreciate the power of them all. The experience was for me life affirming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2003

    Excellence

    This book captures your imagination and sets you free on the final page. By story's end you will feel warn, as if you have just met new friends. Good story telling.

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