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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; First Edition edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310325870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310325871
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When young Ira 'Teen' Palm goes off to fight against Hitler and the invading German armies, he has little to shore up his courage apart from his faith in God and his intense patriotism. Both would play an enormous role in his lengthy career in the armed forces, but they would particularly direct his actions as he fights in a foreign land against a brutal and determined dictator. After the war, Palm's mentor, the Rev. Charles Woodbridge, is the recipient of an unusual gift -- a 'golden pistol given to Hitler by the Walther family' -- taken by Palm as a grisly souvenir of the Fuehrer's armory. John Woodbridge, son of Charles, knows there's a fascinating story to be told. He and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Possley (The Brown's Chicken Massacre) lead readers through a tale brimming with exciting accounts of people risking all in the name of God and freedom. Taking us through the wartime challenges Palm and his wife, Helen, face, this fast-paced story reminds us that ordinary people can do extraordinary things, even under great pressure, when fueled by God's amazing grace. (Publishers Weekly)

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As someone who has written a novel that crossed some of the same ground, I found this to be an extraordinary and compelling account of the imagination and bravery that history’s greatest monster, Adolf Hitler, inspired. -- Scott Turow, , Author

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Inspiring read and an amazing story.
Bernard T. McNamara
History buffs, believers, any person interested in the details of the war will be interested in this book.
Sheep23
This book came out this morning on Kindle and I could not put it down!
B. Mitchell

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sheep23 on June 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Hitler in the Crosshairs is an excellent work both historically and in telling the story of Ira 'Teen' Palm. This work chronicles both the life of Teen Palm, a man sent over to Europe as a second lieutenant fighting the Germans, and who on an assaination attempt upon Hitler finds a golden gun engraved with Hitler's initials. Upon finding this gun, he puts in his shirt and brings it back with him to the States when the war concludes. Yet, to say this book is about a lieutenant in the war fighting Hitler's rule is too simplisitic a statement, for in this work Woodbridge and Possley capture the genius of faith of Teen Palm and the growing relationship Teen had for his sweetheart Helen and their pastor Charles Woodbridge.

The personal side of Teen's letter throughout the work are a monument to the brutality of war but the connection that Teen had for Helen. Teen writes speaking of the French towns he passed, "The towns are all in rubble with few houses left standing. The people are worse off than the British and this makes all the British ruins look like child's play" (102). Teen was not afraid to voice the reality of the harsh situation that came about through the bombing of many cities by the Germans led by Hitler. You get to hear and see the details of the embattled soldiers trying to escape harms way in this work. The authors chronicle the escape after trying to find Hitler in his Munich apartment, "After several minutes of silence, Palm began calling to his men to regroup and get ready to move out. Some of them did not-could not-reply. They were dead" (165). Although Palm was injured in the war, it was not a fatal blow.

Although not an academic work on military history or a monograph of sorts, this work gets into the history behind Hitler and his racist ideas.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B. Mitchell on April 5, 2011
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This book came out this morning on Kindle and I could not put it down! It is a fantastic true story of heroism that can only be fully appreciated by reading it yourself. It comes out in print on the 26th. Pick up a copy either on Kindle now or in print later it is well worth your money!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John W. Pearson VINE VOICE on July 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
It's summer here in North America--so I'm always looking for "lighter" reading, hopefully with some redeeming leadership and management insights.

I found one! Maurice Possley, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, has taken co-author John Woodbridge's story and fashioned a fascinating true story line about Hitler, a young singer/sax player/solder, an influential pastor, in-the-trenches WWII battles (the kind that create legends and heroes), new information on the German resistance movement, and a gold-plated pistol with links to the Fuehrer himself.

I could be biased because I've met Possley multiple times and thoroughly enjoyed his 2001 book, a true account, Everybody Pays, with co-author Rick Kogan.

Possley won a Pulitzer in 2008 for Investigative Reporting at the Chicago Tribune. He has now applied those same instincts and street smarts to this remarkable true story, "Hitler in the Crosshairs: A GI's Story of Courage and Faith." Blend Possley with co-author John Woodbridge's experience as Research Professor of Church History and Christian Thought at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, visiting prof at Northwestern University and the University of Paris, France, and you have the makings of a historically accurate, WWII page-turner.

I was struck with the story line--and the creativity of it. The authors threaded this true account around every twist and turn with both skill and drama. Some organizations, I've noticed, take an absolutely amazing story line of God at work and then dumb it down to unimaginable nothingness. Boring. Bored. Clunk!

Not this story! It's historical--with new stuff. Inspirational--with disappointment and death.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia W, Hearle on May 23, 2011
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The gifted authors have begun with a stolen pistol belonging to Hitler and have told a heartwarming true story of a soldier whose life was revolutionized by his newfound faith, who became a WWII hero by leading a fearless group of soldiers into Hitler's office as the war was coming to a close. New insights into what really took place are well documented by a vast body of letters and archives. This book deserves a place among the best narratives coming from those who are at the height of their professions: historian and investigative reporter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Slusser on June 30, 2013
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Anyone wanting a personalized story that reviews this period and progression of fascism in Germany will enjoy this read. The video enhancements were quite a helpful and authentic visual to go with the text. I especially enjoyed reading about the resistance groups inside Germany. Many of them I am already familiar with, but it was a great summary with new details peppered in along with the story of a soldier who you grow to care for like another member of your own family tree.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Newman on May 2, 2013
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The details of the story are the interesting part of this. The writing is basic. I think the true suspense and size of this story could have been captured so much better. But that is not to take away from those that lived it. It's still an amazing story.
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