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It's Not about the War Hardcover – September 16, 2009
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The book is a bit rough (language and situation-wise), but the war cannot be sugar-coated. It was an overwhelming ordeal that only those who were there can relate to. Richard was not a soldier, but was in the middle of all the action as a aeronautics specialist, assigned to keep the warplanes flying. He gives us great insight into the fighting men as well as the civilians he interacted with. He presents many adventures and misadventures about life on the base and in the surrounding communities. But he does not end there. He incorporates his personal trials, feelings, and dreams into his work essentially giving us two books - one on his wartime experience and one on his journey through life. The book is full of photographs, making the experience more real and complete for the reader.
Richard has a direct and to-the-point style, keeping the reader involved and making the reader think. One has to stop and sometimes consider that this all did happen and was part of our history. There are some technical sections (about the planes) that not everyone will need to read (though many will really appreciate them), but overall the book is very readable, very interesting, and very informative. I highly recommend it.
Humerous tales of "entertainment",such as they were, are threaded throughout these pages with his fellow "round eyes". Readjustment to life after the war, are filled with disappointments within the family support system, left the author searching for peace.
This "shortened" version of those years of war and family discontent leaves one with an awareness of what WAR leaves behind. Give it a 5* for the raw realities(including graphic pictues) and the peace which sometimes does not come, possibly occuring ONLY over time in years.