Shadows of War tells the story of World War II as few Americans know it.
In the mid-1930s a high school history teacher inspires a student to look beyond his small hometown. He becomes a Foreign Service officer, and they then anchor a World War II story that provides perspectives little known to Americans. A Romanian princess cares for more than 3,000 orphans and rescues more than 1,000 downed American flyers - and tussles with the SS to keep the POWs from their control at considerable risk to herself. On air raids over Romania, American crews must fly 1,200 miles - on creatively named planes such as Wingo-Wango and Jersey Bounce - at just 50 feet off the "deck" to launch attacks on the stoutly defended oil refineries at Ploesti. In Singapore and Malaysia a mild-mannered father of seven becomes a resistance leader after the Japanese invasion, and four gutsy nuns who serve as nurses try to stay a step ahead of the brutal conquerors.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The reason I bought this book, it mentioned the massacre at the hospital in Malaya. A relative was a survivor from that hospital. The story itself just touched on that event, but I found I was unable to stop reading. Will read it again at a later date.
Johnson's meticulous research has assured us that, once again, he has produced a "stay awake until the last page" WWII is coming to Romania, Malaysia and Singapore, areas not usually discussed in most WWII fiction. The characters are real and so is the action.