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Liberation Road: A Novel of World War II and the Red Ball Express by [Robbins, David L.]
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Length: 482 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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From Publishers Weekly

In his latest WWII novel, Robbins powerfully integrates the theme of racial bigotry from Scorched Earth with the successful formula of his previous three combat novels (The End of War, etc.). The 688th Truck Battalion is part of the famed Red Ball Express, which struggles to supply the fast-moving combat following D-Day as American forces fight through the French hedgerows and villages toward Paris. In recounting the battalion's heroic saga, Robbins's tale unfolds from several perspectives—that of Ben Kahn, an aging Jewish army chaplain from Pittsburgh, who fought as a doughboy in the trenches in WWI; Joe Amos, a young, black, college-educated truck driver; and "White Dog," a shadowy, corrupt downed B-17 pilot profiteering on the black market in German-occupied Paris. Bolstered by desperate hope he might find his son—a B-17 pilot shot down over France—Kahn lands on Omaha Beach five days after D-Day and hitches a ride to the front on a GI two-and-a-half ton Jimmy (GMC truck) with Amos. Both men are quickly seasoned by the horrors of war as Kahn heads for a showdown in Paris and Amos makes sergeant and finds romance with a Frenchwoman after shooting down a German plane. Although this isn't quite up to the standard of Robbins's best work—it's occasionally slowed by overwriting and repetition—it's a fine effort from an ambitious storyteller.
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"Robbins--emerging as the Homer of WWII--re-creates the mighty drama in all its deadly beauty."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"David Robbins has done it again. In LIBERATION ROAD, he presents an inspirational WWII tale of personal courage and racial tension through the eyes of a rabbi chaplain and an African-American truck driver on the Red Ball Express--the twenty three thousand men manning the six thousand trucks that transported the beans and bullets needed to defeat Germany. A riveting read."
--James Bradley, author of Flags of Our Fathers & Flyboys

"Powerful... a compelling tale of the final days of the most catastrophic event in tall of recorded history."
--Washington Post on The End of War
"Deeply-felt. Robbins renders his real people superbly but the heart of his story is his imagined cast. Brilliant storytelling by an author in absolute control of his material."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on The End of War


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  • File Size: 1569 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (December 18, 2007)
  • Publication Date: December 18, 2007
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000XUBEPC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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