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Posted February 25, 2009
Finding Granddad's War is about two jouneys nearly 60 years apart. The physical journey of an American GI and his unit during World War II, and the related personal journey, nearly 60 years later, of a grandson determined to better understand a grandfather that he never had a chance to get to know. The journeys are interestingly intertwined by the author with touches of humor, sadness, angst and joy. Most poignantly, the book helps me understand that history is not so much a sequential series of circumstances and events, but the collective memories and perspectives of the individuals who lived through them. It also reminds me that life itself is not so much about activities and accomplishemts, but about the personal relationships made and maintained along the way. This book is for anyone with a historical interest in WWII from the human perspective, or for anyone wishing to know more about a lost loved one who may not know how best to go about it. Enjoy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Fabulous book. Humanized the war and gave me a connection to the people of that era. The narrative of the river crossing in Germany was brutal and grueling. The author's mother's memories of her father were touching. I took it to my book club and made everybody there read it. And they all loved it too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 22, 2009
This is not a book I'd normally pick up, being a 38-year-old female and not into war books. But a friend insisted I read it, and found that it is so much more than a war book. Fascinating and moving throughout, the author engages the reader immediately, and draws them into the stories of the men and their experiences. I felt like I was along on an adventure with the author as he travels to France, Holland and Germany to meet all the people that were connected to his granddad's buddies in 1944/45. An easy read that flowed throughout. I just couldn't put it down.
They need to make a movie out this book.