The Road To War: Duty & Drill, Courage & Capture

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ISBN-13: 978-1450218801
ISBN-10: 1450218806
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Editorial Reviews

Review

"Five-plus unequivocal stars to The Road to War.  It'san extraordinary read that everyone should enjoy."
-- October 20, 2016, Publishers Daily Reviews
 
4 stars out of 5
-- October 28, 2016, "The Book Reviewers," a divisionof Full Media Ltd. (UK)
 
"Personal, inspiring & insightful.  This book is precious."
-- November 3, 2016, The Book Bag Reviewers (UK)
 
"An intimate and often dauntingportrait of one man's life-changing confrontation with war, The Road to War: Duty & Drill, Courage& Capture is highly recommended."
-- November 11, 2016, BookViral Reviews

Military WritersSociety of America's review of
 
The Road to War: Duty & Drill, Courage & Capture, bySteven Burgauer
 
In The Road to War,author Steven Burgauer weaves a cohesive representation of the diaries ofCaptain William C. Frodsham, Jr., an Army Officer and POW camp survivor ofWorld War II.
 
The book's subtitle, Duty & Drill, Courage &Capture, is aptly named: From December 8, 1941 -- the day after the Japanesebombing of Pearl Harbor -- to August 9, 1945, we accompany Captain Frodshamthrough his call to duty, basic training, Officers Candidate School, deploymentto the European theater of war, Omaha Beach, skirmishes through Frenchhedgerows, capture by the Germans, life in various stalags in Poland,liberation by the Russians, and his return home.
 
Having visited the D-day landing beaches several timesmyself, Captain Frodsham's memoir offers me a front-row seat to the experiencesof a very real soldier on that beach.  Ifind it humbling.
 
In the early stages of the Captain's memoirs, the reader seeshim as an enthusiastic recruit, an ace at almost all of his training, and acocky young man.  As the war progressesand he has still not seen combat duty, he looks forward to deployment overseas. A good section of the book is dedicatedto "Drill" and explains his various assignments and posts.  Perhaps a bit too much, but it is tolerable.
 
The Captain mellows the closer he gets to actual battle, andhis cockiness dissipates as he faces the brutal reality of loss of some of hismen, injury, blood, and capture.  Hisdescriptions of life as a Prisoner of War (POW) are also quite interesting andmade me appreciate the work of the Red Cross more than I had before I read thebook.
 
Insights into the military lives of officers vs. enlistedsoldiers are offered, and to a reader such as myself who never served in themilitary, the stratified structure of military life is quite revealing.  Most of the time, military terms are explainedthroughout the book, although there are a few instances where I had to look upsome things.  I wished for a cheat sheetto look up the differences among squad, platoons, companies, brigades,regiments, and so on.  There was areference to a specific bureaucratic form, too, and I had to research it.  There was a minor copyediting error or two,and reading the text on the photos was difficult.
 
These are minor inconveniences, however, because Mr.Burgauer's book is highly engaging, and it is a memoir worth reading for itsinsights into human altruism, courage under fire, and adaptability to extremelydifficult situations.  It flows well, andis both enlightening and heartfelt.
 
Reading it, I found author Burgauer constructed a windowinto Captain Frodsham's psyche and soul.
 
by Patricia Walkow, MWSA Reviewer, February 20, 2017
 
mwsadispatches.com/reviews/2017/1/20/the-road-to-war-duty-drill-courage-capture

From the Back Cover

"Five-plus unequivocal stars to The Road to War.  It'san extraordinary read that everyone should enjoy."
-- October 20, 2016, Publishers Daily Reviews
 
4 stars out of 5
-- October 28, 2016, "The Book Reviewers," a divisionof Full Media Ltd. (UK)
 
"Personal, inspiring & insightful.  This book is precious."
-- November 3, 2016, The Book Bag Reviewers (UK)
 
"An intimate and often dauntingportrait of one man's life-changing confrontation with war, The Road to War: Duty & Drill, Courage& Capture is highly recommended."
-- November 11, 2016, BookViral Reviews

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.03 pounds
  • Paperback : 348 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1450218806
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1450218801
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.79 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : iUniverse (April 5, 2010)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 6 ratings