In Jane Sweetland's family, there's a legend that her uncle Ted and a German pilot shot each other down in World War II. While investigating this, Sweetland unearthed a true story that was more fascinating than she had imagined.
Ted Sweetland and Joachim Müncheberg were born just six months apart-but half a world away: Ted in New Jersey; Joachim in West Prussia. The blond, blue-eyed boys could have been brothers. They played the same sports and childhood games and enjoyed many of the same privileges. Then Adolf Hitler came to power.
Spurred by patriotism, Ted and Joachim joined their respective nations' air forces. They were twenty-four years old when their stories ended in the skies over Tunisia.
In Sons at War, Sweetland writes with astonishing empathy for the man who killed her uncle. Joachim wasn't evil-he was a young man, not unlike Ted. Both learned the lessons their nation taught them.
In addition to telling an incredible story, Sons at War is a provocative read for modern readers in a world in which nationalism is on the rise.
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About the Author
Jane Sweetland holds degrees in American studies, counseling, education, and an MFA in creative nonfiction. She has taught history and English and is the author of Washington Monthly's The Other College Guide.