A worthwhile addition to every library collection and a natural for military-history enthusiasts. (Nonfiction. 12-18)

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IN THE FIELDS AND THE TRENCHES

THE FAMOUS AND THE FORGOTTEN ON THE BATTLEFIELDS OF WORLD WAR I

Hollihan examines the wartime service of 12 men and three women and how it affected the rest of their lives.

A few—the four sons of Theodore Roosevelt; baseball great Christy Mathewson—were famous while they served. Others, such as Missouri farmer (and later president) Harry Truman and recent Oxford graduate J.R.R. Tolkien, rose to fame much later. Harlem Hellfighter Henry Lincoln Johnson won the Croix de Guerre and, posthumously, the Congressional Medal of Honor—but the war drove him to alcoholism and an early grave, the exact location of which is unknown. A young German architect chronicled his war in a collection of 600 photographs; Marie Curie's self-possessed teenage daughter ran a mobile X-ray unit at the front; young Ernest Hemingway conflated three weeks of active duty into a lifetime of stories. Each sketch draws from the subject's own words whenever possible, with no footnotes but with endnotes and a bibliography. In clear, unsentimental, third-person language, they offer a series of small glimpses that, when taken as a whole, present a full picture of the conflict and the impact it had on ordinary lives: "The numbers were not in his favor. A chasse pilot lived an average of 11 days when Quentin [Roosevelt] arrived at the Western Front." Black-and-white photos add to the sense of humanity.

A worthwhile addition to every library collection and a natural for military-history enthusiasts. (Nonfiction. 12-18)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-61373-130-7

Page Count: 208

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

Review Posted Online: Nov. 3, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2015

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A powerful reminder of a history that is all too timely today.

THEY CALLED US ENEMY

A beautifully heart-wrenching graphic-novel adaptation of actor and activist Takei’s (Lions and Tigers and Bears, 2013, etc.) childhood experience of incarceration in a World War II camp for Japanese Americans.

Takei had not yet started school when he, his parents, and his younger siblings were forced to leave their home and report to the Santa Anita Racetrack for “processing and removal” due to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066. The creators smoothly and cleverly embed the historical context within which Takei’s family’s story takes place, allowing readers to simultaneously experience the daily humiliations that they suffered in the camps while providing readers with a broader understanding of the federal legislation, lawsuits, and actions which led to and maintained this injustice. The heroes who fought against this and provided support to and within the Japanese American community, such as Fred Korematsu, the 442nd Regiment, Herbert Nicholson, and the ACLU’s Wayne Collins, are also highlighted, but the focus always remains on the many sacrifices that Takei’s parents made to ensure the safety and survival of their family while shielding their children from knowing the depths of the hatred they faced and danger they were in. The creators also highlight the dangerous parallels between the hate speech, stereotyping, and legislation used against Japanese Americans and the trajectory of current events. Delicate grayscale illustrations effectively convey the intense emotions and the stark living conditions.

A powerful reminder of a history that is all too timely today. (Graphic memoir. 14-adult)

Pub Date: July 16, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-60309-450-4

Page Count: 208

Publisher: Top Shelf Books

Review Posted Online: Aug. 5, 2019

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A remarkable biography.

THE RISE AND FALL OF CHARLES LINDBERGH

The story of a flawed, complicated man.

The son of a distant Minnesota congressman and a demanding, well-educated mother, young Charles Lindbergh grew up shuttling among the family farm, his grandfather’s Detroit home, and Washington, D.C. Intelligent but uninterested in school, he began flying at age 19, getting involved in barnstorming and becoming an Air Service Reserve Corps officer. He used a combination of mechanical aptitude and moxie to successfully cross the Atlantic in a 1927 solo nonstop flight and was instantly propelled into worldwide celebrity. Success came at tremendous cost, however, when his infant son was kidnapped and murdered. Lindbergh was also his own enemy: His infatuation with eugenics led him into overt racism, open admiration for Hitler, and public denunciation of Jews. Fallen from grace, he nonetheless flew 50 clandestine combat missions in the South Pacific. He became an advocate for animal conservation but also had three secret families in addition to his acknowledged one. Fleming (Eleanor Roosevelt's in My Garage!, 2018, etc.) expertly sources and clearly details a comprehensive picture of a well-known, controversial man. Her frequent use of diaries allows much of the story to come through in Charles’ and his wife Anne’s own words. The man who emerges is hateable, pitiable, and admirable all at the same time, and this volume measures up to the best Lindbergh biographies for any audience.

A remarkable biography. (bibliography, source notes, picture credits, index) (Biography. 12-adult)

Pub Date: Feb. 11, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-525-64654-9

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade/Random

Review Posted Online: Nov. 10, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2019

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