They were the pirates of the desert, the mavericks of war who took terrifying risks to infiltrate behind enemy lines — and World War II might not have been won without them.
“Fates and Traitors,” Jennifer Chiaverini’s new historical novel, starts on a high note: “A sound in the darkness outside the barn — a furtive whisper, the careless snap of a dry twig underfoot — woke him from a fitful doze … There … quick footfalls, and, more distantly, the jingle of spurs.”
This is a weird book about weird people doing weird things, and I wouldn’t have put it down if the house were on fire.
If you have any doubt that our current federal government is so treacherously corrupt that our country is teetering at a tipping point where survival of the liberty of the American people is at peril, read “Clean House” by Tom Fitton.
Reading this searing account of a hydra-headedly horrible childhood endured by Polish-born Israeli children’s writer Alona Frankel reminds one just how complex that loaded term “Holocaust survivor” is. Mrs. Frankel’s devastatingly frank autobiography has been compared to “The Diary of Anne Frank” and to the writings of Primo Levi, but, of course, they both were inmates of Auschwitz, a fate avoided by the eponymous “Girl.”
The ghastliness of Gettysburg, the culminating battle of the Civil War, has been reduced to the ultimate horror of a 19-year-old soldier dying in a “puddle of his own blood” in this stark and wrenching war book.
Early in the history of military aviation, the Dutch aircraft designer and pilot Anthony Fokker famously remarked, “Every man who went aloft was marked for death, sooner or later, once his wheels had left the ground.”