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Rite of Passage: A Teenager's Chronicle of Combat and Captivity in Nazi Germany Paperback – May 1, 2009
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"Both unique and compelling . . . a haunting reminder of the personal tragedies that occurred each day in the skies over Germany, the deadliest battlefront of World War II." DeLoy Spencer, Hill AeroSpace Museum
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When I found this book I was overjoyed to be able to read the full story and share in his experiences. He is honest about his youthful naivete and the influences of propaganda. The descriptions are perfectly balanced and the narrative format really keeps the pages turning. I had previously read "Sergeant Nibley" Sergeant Nibley, PhD and feel that Matheny's book is a perfect balance on the 'other side' of the battlefront experience from a prisoner of war camp leading up to the Battle of the Bulge and Matheny's encounter with Eisenhower.
I know I'm biased, but the book provided for me a more complete picture of a man I already admired and helped me to understand and appreciate the world I am privileged to live in.
The only draw-back is I couldn't find it as an E-book for my Kindle!
The book, filled with three-dimensional, carefully drawn characters and situations, stands out in the many books I've read over the years in this genre. I cannot recommend it highly enough. A major addition to military aviation history.
Rob Morris, Author of Untold Valor: Forgotten Stories of American Bomber Crews over Europe in World War Two
He comes to wonder "Who is the enemy?" And he finds out who is, and who is not.
A very stirring book, the most authentically human war book I have ever read.
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