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A Book Every Human Being Should Read
on April 5, 2015
As a daughter of an American soldier who fought against Germany in World War II, I wanted to understand more about the history that shaped my life, and my generation, so profoundly. My Dad never spoke about his experiences until just before he passed away in 2010, when he told me his first hand account of crossing the Sauer River in the dead of winter on the 7th of February, 1945. He was with the engineering corps, sent to build bridges for the troops that followed him. When he described how his buddies drowned in the icy water under heavy fire from the Nazis, I was shocked. "You're a hero," I said. "Not me," he barely whispered, turning away. "The ones who didn't make it across the river that night are the heroes." It was the only time I ever saw my father cry.
It was then I decided to begin putting his life, and mine, into a contextual perspective. The Guns of August seemed a good place to start and I just want to say, with all my heart, that this is a book every human being should read. Tuchman incorporates research masterfully, weaving heart-breaking details of front-line horror with the political maneuvering of leaders of state and their military advisers who found themselves caught up in a series of tragic blunders that led to both the First and Second World Wars.
If anything can bring peace to our world, it's a book like this one.