By Theresa Anzaldua
This book is a journey through the days and years leading to World War II. But it is a personal glimpse into individual lives and the path that took each one into a war that wasn't suppose to be. After years of economic growth and prosperity the United States experienced an almost over-night reversal. Banks had failed, loans were immediately due, and jobs were gone.
The land that everyone of coming to was no longer a land of plenty. And this would be a nearly decade long state. It was only when war came to America that change began - jobs were found with the war machine that was growing in America. Military expansion resulted in jobs, both in the service and manufacturing.
We Had a Job to Do is the story of those who found a second chance to improve their lives through their service to their country. We are so focused today on the single individual who made a contribution that has over-shone that of other we have forgotten that it takes many to accomplish a goal. Well, take a step back and partake of these individual experiences.
Throughout are photos taken from this time period which add a layer to the book as personal recollections are shared with short historical facts about the world. The plight of the Japanese American, German prisoners of war, liberation of concentration camps,
This book might not be as indepth as others that focus on World War II but it is also appropriate for older grade school students. With Veterans Day soon to be upon us this might be an excellent resource to share with younger readers as one discusses the importance of this day. Would also be a great classroom or homeschooling resource.
I was provided a copy of this book through iRead Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
This heartfelt tribute to World War II veterans is history that reads like fiction.
Follow a soldier who fought in Patton’s Third Army and who landed on Omaha Beach at 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 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 top 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 II.
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The author is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, B.A. (English Literature and Philosophy) and M.A. (Philosophy) and Harvard Law School, J.D. Her mother served in World War II in the U.S. Army, her father served in the U.S. Navy, her maternal uncle served in the war in the British Marines Commandos and fought in Normandy on D-Day, and another maternal uncle was killed in a training accident in Texas while serving in the U.S. Army. Her grandfather was wounded fighting for Britain in World War I.
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