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"Glass is to be commended for his take on WWII through the eyes of those who ran away from it... Glass's history might be one of the best ways of relaying the experience of war: through the eyes of the young men who charged into the line of fire, gave up the ghost, and whose only reward was living to tell the tale." —Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)
“The Deserters: A Hidden History of World War II, by the historian and former ABC News foreign correspondent Charles Glass, thus performs a service. It’s the first book to examine at length the sensitive topic of desertions during this war, and the facts it presents are frequently revealing and heartbreaking… The Deserters has much to say about soldiers' hearts. It underscores the truth of the following observation, made by a World War II infantry captain named Charles B. MacDonald: 'It is always an enriching experience to write about the American soldier in adversity no less than in glittering triumph.'" —Dwight Garner, The New York Times
“A veteran correspondent in war zones, Glass is richly credentialed to write The Deserters: A Hidden History of World War II. He is qualified by talent, by the good fortune of finding surviving veterans, and by exploring their lives with diligence and, most crucially, a deep compassion… Glass tells the soldiers' stories with novelistic vividness and a good historian's grasp of research detail." —San Francisco Chronicle
"Glass brings something new to the table by going deep with desertion, an overlooked aspect of the wartime experience. The result is an impressive achievement: a boot-level take on the conflict that is fresh without being cynically revisionist... [Glass] pulled off something special here: showing respect to what the deserters endured while acknowledging that the war—gruesome and unfair and nonsensical though it was—had to be won, and that this happened because enough men somehow found the will to keep going." —The New Republic
"[Q]uite provocative... A well-written, fast-moving treatment of an issue still relevant today." —Kirkus
"Sensitive and thought-provoking … As this compelling and well-researched book shows, the battlefield was not a place for heroes, but a place where young men were dehumanised and killed … Given such conditions who among us would not also have considered walking away?" —Sunday Telegraph (UK)
"[These] stories of individual human beings who eventually cracked under the strain of hardly imaginable fear and misery – are wonderful, unforgettable acts of witness, something salvaged from a time already sinking into the black mud of the past." —The Guardian (UK)
"Gripping … painstaking … sympathetic … Glass reveals just how inglorious war really is." —Times (UK)
Posted August 24, 2013
very informative book. as a history buff and a student of ww II it covered a subject i had never given much thought to. there are many facets to history, and this book explored one of the most ignored facets of that war. well written and east to read. more like a story than a text book type of approach on the subject.
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Posted July 11, 2013
Posted June 20, 2013
" What in the name of StarClan happened?" Nightbriar,a smoky gray tom,approched Gorgefur quitely. " Oh,these are our kits! Arent they lovely?" Nightbriar snorted. " I don't see them. " In embarrasment,Gorsefur stepped back to let the SummerClan medicine cat see them. " Why,they are lovely! Four kits! I'll name this one Tidekit ,this one Puddlekit, and this one Ivykit...." Gorgefur spoke the name of the special ginger she-kit who had a glint of rainbow in her eyes. " Sandkit!" A tortoise-shell Rainbelly ran up and Nightbriar slunk into the thorns. " Are those your kits? Who is the father?" Gorgefur muttered darkly to Rainbelly. " I am not telling you the information you need to find out all my secrets. Just one little fact—one of them is special." With that,Rainbelly picked up Tidekit and Ivykit,and Gorsefur brought Puddlekit & Sandkit. Rainbelly dropped the kits in the nursery,while Nightbriar watched with delight as one more kit named Marshkit came out,and the first four opened thier eyes.
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Posted August 26, 2014
The author captures the unknown WWII legacy of infantryman fatigue as experienced by those that fought
on the front lines and for whatever reason later left their post and deserted. The discussion of cases of men living a
criminal lifestyle in Paris in early 1945 and the subsequent capture, trial, incarceration and demise tell of a story lost
In WWII history books. The book is great reading for the military professional, medical researchers studying PTSD,
And other interested historical affectionados. The author has gone to great lengths to detail his sources
of research and investigation. Must Read 5-stars.
Posted September 24, 2013
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Posted June 26, 2013
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