The Accidental Soldier

The Accidental Soldier

by Ben Bailey


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Mitchell Morgan, an American graduate student in history travels to Germany and France in 1939 and 1940 to improve his foreign language skills. In the process, he attends a Wagner Opera in Munich, bike rides across France, is rescued from the beaches at Dunkirk and almost loses his life in the London bombing blitz. He enjoys romantic interludes as he makes his way form Germany to France and England. After the war, he returns to Europe with a faculty colleague to retrace his escape route and learn of the consequences of the war for those who touched his life. In the shadows of the White
Cliffs of Dover, Mitch finds closure and realizes that he was a casualty of the war like the millions of others who experienced the excitement and turmoil of World War II.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983198963
Publisher: Barringer Publishing/Schlesinger Ad
Publication date: 04/12/2011
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Ben Bailey, as a young man growing up in the South, loved to read literature and play baseball. He turned out to be a better reader than hitter. His education took him from Hampden Sydney College in Virginia for a B.S. degree to the University of Maryland for a M.A. in History to Marquette University for a Ph. D. He was a history Professor at Carthage College in Wisconsin for thirty five years. There he published two books in history for a scholarly audience. He is married
with two children and three grandchildren and lives in Naples, Florida and
Egg Harbor, Wisconsin.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't judge "THE ACCIDENTAL SOLDIER" by its cover which has the title superimposed on a map of Europe above a nice color photo of the White Cliffs of Dover. From there it's down hill. It is written to the 5th or 6th grade level by someone who fanatasizes that he was a chick magnet in his youth. The author endows the young hero of his story with the insight to conclude, on his own, on the day of the Pearl Harbor attack that it was fortunate the U.S. aircraft carriers escaped damage while they happened to be at sea because carriers would be essential to winning the war. The War department would have known that, but not a graduate student in North Carolina. On the day of the attack the average citizen didn't even know there was a Pearl Harbor or where it was. There are factual errors, also. For example, the young hero and his friends listened to LPs during World War II, even though LPs were not introduced by Columbia Records until 1948. Having selected great locations and period for his book, the author missed a chance to write a good one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago