Book Review: We Had A Job To Do

Posted November 19, 2015 by Pixie in book review, Pixie / 0 Comments

Book Review: We Had A Job To DoWe Had a Job to Do: A Basic History of World War II Through the Eyes of Those Who Served by Theresa Anzaldua
Published by Createspace on September 22nd 2015
Genres: historical, nonfiction
Pages: 216
Format: ARC, Paperback
Source: Book Tour, Author

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!

I received this book for free from Book Tour, Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This is actually going to be a short and easy review.

I can’t bring myself to get critical when it comes to most historical books, most particularly historical books that are on the biographical side and during a war-ravished time-line of events. These time periods often fascinate me… these stories… and they deeply sadden me also. I get heavily and emotionally involved while reading.

We Had a Job to Do takes the reader on a series of war veterans’ tales through World War II and the events they’d lived through. How could I honestly set this book down and think about small details that was wrong with it when there was such a bigger story to embrace? This always is my trouble when it comes to reading these types of historical books. Haha. I read. My interest meter skyrockets. I don’t become a reliable source anymore if you want to know about the technical/stylistic side of things. It was interesting and I kept reading. I guess that’s important at least, right?

The author does a good job at holding the reader’s attention, and I’d say did an excellent job with the content. It’s not often I pick up an indie book, but I’m glad I can say I still find the gems on occasion.


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