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The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II Paperback – September 2, 2008
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The reason I only give it 3 stars is because the book starts out so good with lots of action in the first 3 or 4 chapters then it boggs down going way too far in detail about a few peoples lives before their role in this heroic true story. I like to know the people I'm reading about but it's just page after page of stuff that could have been told in 1 chapter. Then in the last 4 or 5 chapters it gets back to intense action.
Despite the middle of the book, this is still worth the read. Very interesting how well Yugoslavian people treated our men with what little they had, risking their own lives to help, and the role of the SSO.
By Gregory A. Freeman
Publisher: New American Library, 2007. New York.
Review by Aleksandra Rebic
When I asked author Gregory Freeman what drew him to the story of `Operation Halyard', he didn't hesitate:
"My interests as an author usually lead me to stories of heroism and sacrifice that went unrecognized for too long, and the story of Operation Halyard fits the bill perfectly. I was drawn to the idea that not only was this an amazing tale of intrigue and bravery, but it had been purposefully hidden from the American people for decades. A dramatic story is one thing; a dramatic story that has been kept secret is even more intriguing. The story of Operation Halyard is one of the last great stories of World War II and it is high time that the American people learn about the heroic sacrifice of Draza Mihailovich and the Serbian people."
There are men who fight for their country who are truly a personification of dedication, determination, courage and heroism. Some of them we come to know, and their names are immortalized in our historical consciousness. There are others who most people never hear of and their deeds never become legend, though they deserve to be known and remembered and permanently included in the historical record. The Forgotten 500 by author Gregory Freeman is a new and important book that not only introduces the public to such men, but explains why they and their rescuers deserve a prominent place in history. This book is a celebration of human fortitude and integrity and is so much more than just another book about World War Two.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gripping! I read most of the book on a 10-hour flight and didn't get bored. In fact, I couldn't put it down.Published 1 day ago by Paige Taylor
Great book. Great story. I would encourage parents to read this book to your children. It's written in a storytelling format and it would be a good place to start a conversation... Read morePublished 1 day ago by K. Webber
Amazing! I was not aware of this part of history nor the blatant ignorance of the English war effort in this matter, nor how the US followed along like blind puppies.Published 3 days ago by royfish
Demonstrates the extent the US Government was controlled by Soviet agents of influence.Published 6 days ago by J. Hirsch Jr.
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