A Fortress and a Legacy combines stunning historical accuracy with the pathos of a family torn by war. An exchange of letters between Knoxville native and B-17 bombardier Bud Perrin and his bride, a former Miss America contestant, gives this story heart and soul.
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A Fortress and a Legacy is a must read so don't delay; get it today!! Reading Fortress is like watching some of the TV seasons/episodes that draw you into just one more episode. I found myself reading just one more chapter! This book is especially meaningful to those of us who grew up in Knoxville in the 40's and 50's, went to school with J. Ross Greene, have continued to keep the friendships through the decades, and were aware of his intent and determination to write this book. Reading about those inquisitive students, close families, couples in love combined with desires of young men to serve our country in war stirred so many fond, but also sad, treasured memories. A loving couple's future snuffed out like a burning candle is surreal and so difficult to accept the stark finality. Ross' legacy to his beloved Uncle Bud and his cousin, Rosalind, is written with passion and unselfish devotion. The imagery of every detail is realistic and exact to the core and chronology of historical and human events has captured reader's hearts and stirred every emotion. Masterfully piecing together the puzzle, tying up multiple threads, perseverance in exhausting every global research tool in seeking truth, bringing closure, leaving no stone unturned, no document unread, as tragic as the chain of events unfolded, Ross' mission was accomplished. Thank you, Ross, for signing my book and as you said “Freedom is certainly not free; it comes at a great price." Cindy Prince Lacy