Scribner 1959, Signet paperback. After the sudden attack on Pearl Harbor, Pfc. Richard Mast, with passionate zeal, held on to the pistol which for him and his comrades became a symbol of security and power.
World War II
-Artwork photography and excellent prose.
Kuznetsov, Anatoly Petrovich,
, translated by Jacob Guralsky, Dial 1971. This documentary novel describes the German occupation of Kiev in 1941 as seen through the eyes of a Ukranian boy who witnessed Nazi barbarity and the mysterious disappearance of thousands of the city’s Jews.
Guns of Navarone
, Doubleday, 1956. Five British soldiers invaded a Greek island to silence guns keeping 1200 fellow soldiers pinned down on a neighboring island. Taut, exciting, good characterization.
The Man Who Never Was
, Lippincott, 1954. Faked documents planted on the corpse of an unknown Englishman during WW II fooled the Germans into withdrawing troops from a strategic position.
They Were There
. An excellent collection of nonfiction pieces written by journalists. Can be used in both English and History classes.
The Last Battle
, Simon, 1966. (nonfiction) Exciting and readable narrative of the 21 days prior to the fall of Berlin in 1945.
Silva, Anil de and Otto Von Simson, editors,
his Art Volume I: War and Peace.
N.Y. Graphic Society, 1964. (nonfiction) Through excellent reproductions and a lucid text this book develops the universal theme of war and peace as depicted in the language of painting, sculpture and architecture.