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The Railway Man : A POW's Searing Account of War, Brutality, and Forgiveness

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The Railway Man : A POW's Searing Account of War, Brutality, and Forgiveness

Eric Lomax was a young Scotsman with an interest in trains, among other things. The irony was that he would become one of the many prisoners who toiled on the “Railway of Death” where it was said every number of ties (Sleepers to the Brits) was equivalent to the number of the dead. A Signals officer, Lomax crafted a crude contraband radio which was discovered by his Japanese jailors. What followed was two years of torture and abuse which Lomax barely survived. In the years that followed his bitterness seemed to destroy any chance of a “normal” life. Readers will discover how Lomax in the twilight of his life was able to find some peace and with a meeting of one of his interrogators, forgiveness.

Reviewed by John C., Main Library

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Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings

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Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings

For the Seventieth Anniversary of the landings on Normandy, Craig Symonds brings the story of how the Allies were brought to the beach. Code named “Operation Neptune”, the written plan was thousands of pages long and as with all battle plans, went haywire when the first hostile shots were fired. At Utah Beach, the landing force hit the beach in the wrong location, fortuitously as it turned out. At Omaha, the great bombing runs, naval gunfire and rocket attacks landed for the most part behind the beaches leaving the German forces unscathed. It would be the people on the ground and in the water who would bring the ultimate success to the landings, something we should remember.

Reviewed by John C., Main Library

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Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West

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Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West

Historian and adventure writer Hampton Sides tells of tragedy and heroism in the New Mexico Territory, where Native Americans, Mexicans, US, and Confederate forces all fought. Sides makes the life of explorer Kit Carson the unifying thread of his book. Carson settled in Taos with a Hispanic wife and much knowledge of the surrounding lands and peoples. He advised territorial governors and generals, while Native leaders tried strategies of resistance and accommodation to maintain their peoples’ independence. Notable women in the story include Sarah Magoffin, a diarist, and an unnamed Navajo woman who suicidally resisted an invading army. A great read.

Reviewed by Tom C., Main Library

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I Don't Care If We Never Get Back: 30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever

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I Don't Care If We Never Get Back: 30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever

Many baseball fans have dreamed of seeing all 30 MLB stadiums in their lifetime. However no one could imagine doing it all in 30 days. Well college friends Ben and Eric, decide after graduation they are going to try it. For the 22,000 mile trip they use no other form of transportation except their car. After crunching the numbers many times, they decide to give it a try. They vouch to not miss a second of the game or it would not count. Sit back, strap in, and enjoy the ride.

Reviewed by Chris D., Mountain Island Branch

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Somewhere Inside

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Somewhere Inside

We really don`t know much about North Korea and this gripping true story sheds some light on their view of themselves and the outside world. This book takes us through Laura Ling`s arrest, trial and imprisonment in North Korea and her sister, Lisa`s tremendous efforts to bring her home. Laura was captured in March of 2009 and released five months later. What makes this book intriguing is seeing humanity at its best during extreme situations. This is highly recommended for someone who is looking to catch a glimpse into North Korea`s inner workings and the inspirational tale of a sister’s love.

Reviewed by Michelle S., Independence Regional

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