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The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II

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RISING TIDE BY A HIGH SCHOOLER

What I liked about this book is how it gives a insight into World War II. Rising tide by Jeff Shaara gives us the view of every body on each side. I do not think this would be a good read for the majority of high school students. You have to love history to like thi...
What I liked about this book is how it gives a insight into World War II. Rising tide by Jeff Shaara gives us the view of every body on each side. I do not think this would be a good read for the majority of high school students. You have to love history to like this book, you also have to have a sense of maturity to be able to handle this book, which most students do not have regarding this topic. I also believe that it won't be a good read for the high school body because most of us don't like to read historical-non-fiction. When we do read books rather for an assignment or for enjoyment we want action throughout the book not a lot of build up and then just half a chapter of fighting. I however rather enjoyed this book for its keen insight on a major war that changed history and so many things that came from this war. What I like is that the book taught me some historical facts that I didn't already know. The most significant one was that when we first started fighting in North Africa we were fighting the French. I think that it is interesting that we ended up liberating Paris even though they attacked us first. Finally, if you enjoy non-fiction war strategy, then Rising Tide is the book for you. If you want intense action of World War II then pick a different book.

posted by HIGH-SCHOOLER on May 3, 2010

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Be veryyyyy prepared for a vigorous history lesson.

I did enjoy this book; however it became very slow and textbook like. It is good in many places, but also becomes very docile and meticulous. In the end, reading The Rising Tide became a chore. The book was excellent when talking of the common soldier’s perspective and ...
I did enjoy this book; however it became very slow and textbook like. It is good in many places, but also becomes very docile and meticulous. In the end, reading The Rising Tide became a chore. The book was excellent when talking of the common soldier’s perspective and the madness and horror of the frontlines, but often the book would go far too much strategy and would often come out similar to a lecture. It was good at portraying the difficulty of being a leader and what it really means. Often the leaders in the book made mistakes or couldn’t account for something it made for he problems. By the way whenever Churchill is talked about or shows up he is very comedic and his stranger habits are often shown.
There are many people I would recommend this to. For people who are fans of World War Two and/or US Generals it is a must read. The book shows how difficult it was under Hitler for even his officers. So people who enjoy reading about the holocaust or Nazi would enjoy this.
For people in high school this is an excellent read… if you are a huge history buff. You must be prepared for the many aspects of history in the book and not expect it to be mainly action. Also, don’t be surprised by its length during certain points it goes by quickly.
So overall the book was good, but I think I expected to much of a novel and not enough pure history. Anyway I would give this book a two and a half star rating out of five. It definitely taught me much more than I had previously learned about the role of Africa in World War Two. I will probably read some of Jeff Shaara’s other works.

posted by kilik10 on March 27, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    great book

    Shaara is a gifted author that makes history come alive for the reader as if the reader were a front row witness. I have learned so much from reading his books.

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  • Posted May 27, 2010

    A GOOD LESSON IN WWII HISTORY

    Writer Shaara has made a detailed study of the WWII combats in all three books of these series. It is a rather American-sided view of the events, but then the European "Allies" would perish if it was not for the US Forces.

    It is also true that the French, with the exception of the Résistance, did little to help the war effort, due to their superiority complex as usual. No wonder many say "rather have them as an enemy, than an ally !"

    The English (I exclude the Scots & Irish here, thus not use the word British) as usual think of their superiority over the Americans, still living in Queen Victoria's days. Just think who saved them in WWI & WWII ?? So it's no wonder that they want to get all credits and just ignore what the US Forces do for them.

    As for the Italians, they were never known to fight. They much better things to do.....

    There are a few additions I'd like to make, for the benefit of the readers:
    * the clash of armours at the Kasserine Pass, was won by the Germans due to the very advanced German tanks at that time and Erwin Rommel's seasoned troops. But another very important fact was, that the US rolling material was mostly out of action due to a very mundane reason : Bad air intake filtration of all engines. The engine designs were made for the rust belt (MidWest) region where you never had to clean your filters. Dust wore out all engine pistons, liners and piston rings. It was calculated that 12 oz. of dust was enough to send an engine to the workshop. Try to find an old film (OPERATION HOURGLASS)through the Cummins Diesel dealers (need to find someone over 65 that still remembers it)that shows full details of this.

    * another point not taken in to consideration, was the cooperation of the Sicilian Mafia with the US Forces during the invasion of the island. Many US based members of the "Family" took it as their citizen's duty to alert their cousins and have them help the forces going ashore.

    * finally the map on page 510 has a wrong scale of distances. The correct distance should be 5 miles rather than 200 miles.

    I do hope new series on the Pacific War theatre would be on the agenda for writer Shaara.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    Rising Tide

    Not a bad read. History details and character development was very good. Personnally, I like more action than listening to a bunch of generals have political and strategy discussions.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2009

    Great book for a female history buff!

    As a voracious female reader, I usually read a mix of mysteries or "chic lit". I used to read a lot of American historical fiction, but seemed to have gone through them all. It was wonderful to discover this book, mostly because of the era of the war that it covered. Most of us know a fair amount about WWII batles in France and the rest of Nazi-occupied Europe. Or about everything Great Britain had to go through before America was forced into the war.
    But Shaara brings to reality a portion of the war very few of us are familiar with - the northern African campaigns, and the drive into Sicily and up the boot of Italy. It was an intriguing way of learning history, through the eyes of "possible" thoughts of Eisenhauer, Rommel, and Patton, as well as fictional soldiers who rode in the tanks. Now that the third book in this WW II trilogy has come out, I'm looking forward to getting the second one, then reading the newest. Assuming that Shaara did very detailed research, he has made his "novels" a fascinating way in which to learn history - much less painfully than in history textbooks.

    If I were a high school or college history teacher, I would assign Shaara's books on this war, as well as the others he has documented. I read this book almost non-stop, but I admit that most women or non-history lovers might not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2006

    Starts great, phizzes out

    Starts well, the story going from the generals to the privates, back and forth was told well. Then the invasion of Sicily, basically nothing but historical notes but not much of the battles.

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