Monday, October 19, 2015

We Had A Job To Do: A Basic History Of World War II Through The Eyes Of Those Who Served by Theresa Anzaldua [4.5 stars]

From the Description:

We Had A Job To Do -- A Basic History of World War II Through The Eyes of Those Who Served. This heartfelt tribute to veterans is history that reads like fiction. Based on interviews the author conducted herself, the book weaves the veterans' personal stories into the basic facts of the war. Follow a soldier who fought in Patton’s Third Army and who landed on Omaha Beach at 9 a.m. on D-Day; a female Army Air Forces nurse who made helping veterans her life’s work; a fighter pilot who flew with the African-American unit known as the Tuskegee Airmen and who was on one of the two teams that won the first Top Gun meet after the war; a guard in a top-secret intelligence base outside of Washington, D.C. where German weapons scientists were interrogated; a female aircraft mechanic who served in the Navy and is still active in veterans affairs seventy years later; a gunner on a B-17 heavy bomber who was shot down and spent fourteen months in German prison camps; an airman in General Curtis LeMay’s 20th Air Force, the unit that dropped the atomic bombs, and more. Get to know some of the patriots who served in World War and feel proud of America!

I received this book in exchange for an honest review from iRead Book Tours as part of a blog tour. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.

Usually here at Horror Maiden's I review fiction but once in a while I get asked to review a non-fiction book. If it's a subject that interests me I'll review it. I have always loved history and World War II is a fascinating time in our country's past so We Had A Job To Do sounded great to me. Since even a Horror Maiden needs something other than horror once in a while I agreed.

We Had A Job To Do is a simplified history of World War II. It gives a fascinating perspective from the eyes of some of the heroic men and women who served both at home and abroad. While the history presented here is not an in depth look at WWII it is a great introduction to the events and the people of this era for those who may not know a lot about the time period. It has some really good information that could be used as a jumping off point for further reading.

This book clearly illustrates why the people who lived through this era are known as 'The Greatest Generation'. Living through the Great Depression and serving in World War II took a strength of character that helped make our country great. This well written history made me even prouder of the people who served in our Armed Forces both then and now. Theresa Anzaldua's writing is both informative and entertaining. A highly recommended 4 star read for history lovers and those curious about World War II.

We Had A Job To Do is available from Amazon in both paperback and kindle format.

About The Author

Theresa Crumpler Anzaldua was born in Cleveland, raised in Detroit, and graduated from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor with a B.A. (English and Philosophy) and M.A. (Philosophy). She graduated from Harvard Law School and worked as a corporate attorney and later as an enforcement attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.

She has been a freelance writer and regular contributor to Seasons Magazines for the past several years. This book grew from an article she wrote for Seasons Magazines about a World War II veteran with an amazing story. Kris Perry, the Director of the Office of Veterans Affairs and Military Programs at the University of Connecticut, fact checked the article and encouraged her to interview more veterans. Kris is a Lieutenant Colonel, Retired, U.S. Air Force, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a veteran of multiple combat deployments, including Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Theresa's mother, Mary, was living in England during the war when her home was destroyed by German bombs. Mary went on to serve in the War as a WAC in the U.S. Army, her brother John served in the British Royal Marines Commandos and fought on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, and their brother Tommy served in the U.S. Army and was killed in a training accident in Texas.

Theresa always wished she had learned more about her mother's and uncles' service before they died and feels honored to have had the opportunity to interview the veterans featured in We Had A Job To Do.