Ordinary Heroes

Ordinary Heroes

by Scott Turow
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Ordinary Heroes by Scott Turow

Stewart Dubinsky knew his father, David, had served in World War II, but had been told very little about his experiences. When he finds, after his father's death, a packet of wartime letters to a former fiancee and learns of David's court-martial, Stewart is driven to uncover the truth about this enigmatic, distant man he never knew.Using military archives, old letters, and David's own notes, he discovers that David, a JAG lawyer, had pursued a maverick U.S. officer in Europe, fallen in love with a beautiful resistance fighter, and fought in the war's deadliest conflicts. In reconstructing the terrible events and agonizing choices his father faced on the battlefield, in the courtroom, and in love, Stewart gains a closer understanding of his father's secret past and of the brutal nature of war itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780330441339
Publisher: Gardners Books
Publication date: 08/24/2006

About the Author

Scott Turow is the author of ten bestselling works of fiction, including Identical, Innocent, Presumed Innocent, and The Burden of Proof, and two nonfiction books, including One L, about his experience as a law student. His books have been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into movies and television projects. He has frequently contributed essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic.

Hometown:

Chicago, Illinois

Date of Birth:

April 12, 1949

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois

Education:

B.A. in English, Amherst College, 1970; M.A., Stanford University, 1974; J.D., Harvard University, 1978

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Ordinary Heroes 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book....left me thinking about so many important elements of life and humanity.....our relationships with our parents and others we bond with....the terrible toll of war...and ultimately, the process of aging and understanding our own stories.  I couldn't put it down and wept when it was over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the finest contemporary novels I have ever read. Turow takes the reader through the final year of World War II in a creative and engaging way. He brings the war to life through the experiences of his richly painted characters. That would have been sufficient to make the book remarkable. But Turow also provides the reader with a touching and unique story interwoven with the dramatic events of the war in which a son honors his mother and father while at the same time respecting their wishes that the past remain in the past. I cannot recommend this book highly enough for readers who enjoy books that provide insight into the human heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with the reviewers on the quality of the story, the intricacy of the characters, and the subtlety of the prose. Scott Turow gets five stars. However, I am disappointed in the quality of the e-book. Like another reviewer, I was appalled at the number of typos due to sloppy scanning. Examples: "clay" for "day," "coining" for "coming," etc. And those were the ones I could decipher! I didn't bother counting them, but there were so many that it became a distraction. I see this type of thing with free books, but when I've paid for it, I expect the author's words to be as he/she intended.
TimLee More than 1 year ago
This book is unique. The writing style, originality, character depiction, and story are amazing. Even Turow's wondrous vocabulary is worth noting as something rarely seen among contemporary authors. The wartime descriptions are so authentic and detailed you think they occurred last week. The plot, the love story, the character development are all just outstanding. The best Turow I have read. My daughter is a Marine Captain. She loved it. Tim Miller
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am amazed that I, a female, could not put down this book which was both a love story but also a war story, dealing with a soldier's story and battles. I've never been interested in war stories before but this book was amazing. I applaud Scott Turow on a really great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Right after I purchased the book I read a bad review. I was skeptical about the book holding my attention. I was pleasantly surprised. Not only are the character's engaging but Scott Turow does a wonderful job of keeping the first person narative in line with the times.
Anonymous 18 days ago
Different but excellent as always from S.T.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Wonderful writing
grossmont More than 1 year ago
The secret life Of David Dubin, a JAG officer during World War II is revealed to his son Stewart shortly after his death. This revelation was made while his son was going through his father's personal belongings. Letters hidden away in a closet were discovered. It was revealed that his father had been having a love affair with another woman. And if that wasn't enough, he had also been recommended for a court-martial. Stewart is determined to learn everything he can about the father he never really knew. Arduously, his father's life during the war is put back together, piece-by-piece. What he ultimately learns is earth-shattering. His feelings about his father have forever changed. The author goes to great lengths to describe many of the horrific events that occurred during one of the darkest times of our nation's history. At times, the grizzly facts of war and human suffering were shown to be exceedingly graphic. Sadly, we come to witness the descent of someone's life as a result of the ravages of war. The story progressed from chapter to chapter. From beginning to end, I was driven to read on.
AMA001 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable Reading!  This book was different than the author's usual storyline, but, nonetheless,  interesting. A wonderful reading re WWII. Highly recommend.
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I found the great number of typos very annoying. For example, clone instead of done, deal instead of deaf, and many, many more.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never purchased or borrowed from the library, for that matter, a book with so many typos. They are really annoying as you are reading along. My two stars aren't for Mr. Turow's efforts, they are for all the typos in this eEdition! The book is quite compelling, which is my point. You are involved in the story, transported into WWII so craftily by Mr. Turow then are zapped with a typo.
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First Turow book I've read. He's a better writer than Patterson and other mass production authors, but there's still something missing, at least for me. An interesting enough story that I would have rated it 3.5 stars were that an option, but certainly not 5. Be forewarned -- there is some pretty graphic World War II material.
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