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Topsy's GI Journey: Tales of a Soldier and His Dog in WWII Paperback – July 16, 2007

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About the Author

Rudi Lea, after a notable career in public and international education, now lives in semi-retirement with his wife, Ruth, in the Philadelphia area.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (July 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595445330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595445332
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,001,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Newton Malerman on August 21, 2007
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At first, I was a bit put off by the cover and title. This is NOT, as it at first glance appears, a book for teens, though they might be engaged by the story.

This is an amazing true-to-life saga, beautifully written, and totally engaging. I couldn't put it down. I have read many books about WWII, but this book provides totally different perspectives on the period.

Parts of this book might be considered "R-rated" material, but such scenes are written with such delicacy and grace, that one can't help but be deeply moved.

In fact, the entire book is quite profoundly moving! Some smart movie producer should pick this up. How can it miss being a huge hit? A war story, a dog tale, historical novel, sex, and humor! In all, great reading!
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This book is an excellent read. Not all blood and guts, it depicts
a decent and civilized youth growing into a decent and civilized
man, all while fighting the war in Europe. Topsy, the dog in the book,
was fortunate indeed to find the author, and America was fortunate
indeed to find the author.
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What a marvelous little book! Rudi Lea tells of his exploits in the European theater during the last year of World War II. You see the war through the eyes of a twenty year old German Jewish immigrant observing the world unfolding before him as he discovers himself.

Topsy, a stray British mutt, adopted Rudi in the Stafford school barracks shortly after he disembarked from the U.S.S. Aquitania. Promiscuous and indiscrete, she gave birth a litter of puppies in England, in France, and in Germany along the way to victory in Europe. Topsy helped Rudi establish a special place in the hearts of his buddies, his officers, and civilians in all three countries. Topsy will find a place in your heart too.

You see and feel the war through the eyes of a young man, as told by an old man steeped in history and culture. This intensely personal view of the war is a precious and unpretentious look at a world in turmoil through the eyes of ordinary people.

You'll feel a close kinship with Rudi's and Topsy's buddies and officers. It was especially fun to read the epilogue and find out what happened to all of these remarkable men you've come to know and love. You'll thoroughly enjoy this well written book. I did.
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