We Had A Job To Do — A Basic History of World War II Through The Eyes of Those Who Served
This heartfelt tribute to veterans is history that reads like fiction. Based on interviews the author conducted herself, the book weaves the veterans’ personal stories into the basic facts of the war. Follow a soldier who fought in Patton’s Third Army and who landed on Omaha Beach at 9 a.m. 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 two 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 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 and feel proud of America!
Title: We Had a Job to Do–A Basic History of World War II Through the Eyes of Those Who Served
Author: Theresa Anzaldua
Genre: Nonfiction | History | World War II
Release Date: September 22, 2015
Source: Author and iRead Book Tours
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of We Had a Job to Do from the author and iRead Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed are mine.
The first thing I want to state in my review is that it is my hope that all school districts and teachers of history across this country take action to make sure Theresa Anzaldua’s book, We Had a Job to Do, becomes an addition to history curricula and school libraries before the next term in their area begins.
The second statement I want to include is that Ms. Anzaldua has written a basic, and somewhat simplistic, history of the people who gave their all to the World War II effort. When I studied American History (back in the day!), no mention was made of the myriad contributions made by everyday people, the places our men and women were sent, the tragic losses experienced, and the problems and health issues confronting the war-weary when they came home. For doing just that, Ms. Anzaldua, thank you!
In reading this rather small volume for a long and costly war, I read stories of some heroic men and women whose stories most likely would have never been shared except for a writing such as this. Not all the words or images were pleasant, but then war isn’t pleasant either. But the truth needs to be shared about war, not covered up. Ms. Anzaldua, I believe, has been very honest in her representation of the people she met and interviewed as well as the conditions in which they served.
The format of the book is an interesting one, and I liked it a lot. The author chose to write chapters featuring her interviewees but not quite completing their story. Each person returns for an encore of sorts filling in more details, and the last chapter in the book brings each story full circle, allowing the reader to know the complete story of the man or woman’s service.
Equally important is the inclusion of branches of the service not often recognized, such as the U.S. Army Air Forces Nurse Corps, the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, and the WAVES. Special recognition is also given the Naval Construction Battalions and the Seabees, the Tuskegee Airmen, the USO, and Major Glenn Miller’s Army Air Forces Band.
I know how important recognition is to those who give of themselves and/or their loved ones and the need for such recognition to be done with honor and respect. Ms. Anzaldua has done just that.
This is an excellent history of our country during World War II and the effects and fallout from that war. The author has taken every care in representing the truth of the people interviewed with the utmost respect and honor. I recommend it to anyone who wants to read firsthand accounts from those who served.
This volume may be acceptable for reading by middle-grade readers, but that decision is left to parents who know their children better than this reviewer. Please take the time to check out this exceptionally careful reporting of true stories of men and women who were there.
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Meet the Author:
Theresa Anzaldua 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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