I love reading narrative non-fiction and I love World War II books. Sons and Soldiers combines both of these things, giving me a fantastic reading experience.
Sons and Soldiers recounts a part of history I knew nothing of. During World War II, the United States trained German born Jews who had come to the United States in an effort to escape Hitler, in interrogation techniques. These men were called Ritchie Boys and were sent to Europe to question German POWs. Although they were fighting against their homeland, and many had families still in Germany who had not escaped with them, these soldiers were instrumental in helping the United States win World War II.
Henderson instantly drew me in by sharing the stories of various boys and their lives in Germany. I wanted to know more about each of them and their families. Within the stories of the boys' lives Henderson also weaves in the events occurring in Germany as Hitler continued his plans to eliminate Jews.
The boys and young men Henderson introduced me to eventually move to the United States and train as interrogators with the military. It is their expertise that helps the United States in World War II.
Henderson has done a great deal of research in order to write Sons and Soldiers. I appreciated each boy's story and the fact that once they serve as Ritchie Boys their story does not end. Henderson includes information about their lives after the war and allows readers to know what happened to their families as well.
This is a great non-fiction account of a group of people that were so important to our country, yet little known. I can't wait for Sons and Soldiers to be talked about and discussed much like Boys on the Boat or Unbroken.
Sons and Soldiers releases today and would be the perfect book to read while enjoying this summer weather.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours for providing a copy of this book for my review. All opinions expressed are, as always, my own.
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