Monday, April 13, 2015


World War II continues to fascinate readers, and books on every topic related to the War continue to be written. Here are some very diverse titles from the new book shelves at the Monrovia Public Library.  
When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II by Molly Manning is the true story how the United States reacted to the vile burning of books by the Nazis.  Librarians, publishers and the government celebrated books by sending them to the service men and women fighting the war. At first collecting donated books, the effort was shifted to creating books that were light weight, could fit into pockets and go where the vets went. 120 million paperback copies of 1,200 titles were published. The titles included many classics and the readers responded by writing fan letters to such authors as Betty Smith (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn) and F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby).

Just as fierce as book lovers are pet lovers, but everyone should enjoy The Dog Who Could Fly: The Incredible Story of a World War II Airman and the Four-Legged Hero who Flew at his Side by Damian Lewis. A Czech flyer on his way to England to join the Royal Air Force found a German shepherd puppy abandoned in a farm house, hides him in his jacket and eventually takes the dog on his flying runs to bomb the enemy. Both received medals and were proclaimed heroes. The dog named Ant and the flyer Robert Bozdech shared bonds of loyalty and adventure in this three hanky book.

Beyond the Call: The True Story of One World War II Pilot’s Covert Mission to Rescue POWs on the Eastern Front takes place toward the end of the war when the Nazis had abandoned allied prisoner of war camps in the Ukraine. Because the Russians were not willing to allow the U.S. to rescue these men, a secret plan was formed to have Air Force flyers save them. The head of the mission was Robert Trimble and the author of this seat-of-your-pants exciting book is his son Lee Trimble.

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