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Liberation Road: A Novel of World War II and the Red Ball Express

Liberation Road A Novel of World War II and the Red Ball Express With his acclaimed novels of World War II David L Robbins awakened a generation to the drama tragedy and heroism of some of history s greatest battles Now he delivers a gripping and authentic story

  • Title: Liberation Road: A Novel of World War II and the Red Ball Express
  • Author: David L. Robbins
  • ISBN: 9780553801750
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Hardcover
  • With his acclaimed novels of World War II, David L Robbins awakened a generation to the drama, tragedy, and heroism of some of history s greatest battles Now he delivers a gripping and authentic story set against one of our greatest wartime achievements the Red Ball Express, six thousand trucks and twenty three thousand men most of them African American who forged a lifWith his acclaimed novels of World War II, David L Robbins awakened a generation to the drama, tragedy, and heroism of some of history s greatest battles Now he delivers a gripping and authentic story set against one of our greatest wartime achievements the Red Ball Express, six thousand trucks and twenty three thousand men most of them African American who forged a lifeline of supplies in the Allied struggle to liberate France June 1944 The Allies deliver a staggering blow to Hitler s Atlantic fortress, leaving the beaches and bluffs of Normandy strewn with corpses The Germans have only one chance to stop the immense invasion by bottling up the Americans on the Cotentin Peninsula There, in fields crisscrossed with dense hedgerows, many will meet their death while others will search for signs of life Among the latter are two very different men, each with his own demons to fight and his own reasons to risk his life for his fellow man.Joe Amos Biggs is an invisible colored driver in the Red Ball Express, the unheralded convoy of trucks that serves as a precious lifeline to the front Delivering fuel and ammunition to men whose survival depends on the truckers, Joe Amos finds himself hungering to make his mark and propelled into battle among those who don t see him as an equal but will need him to be a hero A chaplain in the demoralized 90th Infantry, Rabbi Ben Kahn is a veteran of the first great war and old enough to be the father of the GIs he tends Searching for the truth about his own son, a downed pilot missing in action, Kahn finds himself dueling with God, wading into combat without a gun, and becoming a leader among men in need of someone anyone to follow The prize the liberation of Paris, where a ruthless American traitor known as Chien Blanc White Dog grows fat and rich in the black market Whatever the occupied city s destiny, destroyed or freed, he will win The fates of these three men will collide, hurtling toward an uncommon destiny in which people commit deeds they cannot foresee and can never truly explain From the screams of German.88 howitzers to the last whispers of dying young soldiers, Robbins captures war in all its awful fullness And through the eyes of his unique characters, he leaves us with a mature, brilliant, and memorable vision of humanity in the face of inhumanity itself.

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    1. LIBERATION ROAD is billed as a novel of World War II, but it's really a story of two men. Rabbi Ben Kahn is a Chaplain with the American Army in France - his personal crusade is to find out what happened to his son - a missing fighter pilot. Joe Amos is a black truck driver on the Red Ball, supplying the military machine, somehow not quite equal to those he is fighting with. Whilst Joe and Ben, in separate parts of the same theatre for most of the story, struggle with their own personal demons, [...]

    2. The shocking opening occurs 100 days after the allied invasion of Normandy, then the book backtracks to D-Day and follows the cast of characters as they slog through France. Unlike most war novels, which focus solely on the trigger pullers, the three main characters in this book are a rabbi, a truck driver, and a black market hoodlum, which gives a clue that perhaps this is not really a war novel at all. It’s a fast-paced, intriguing, character-driven story that just happens to be set during w [...]

    3. Non siamo ai livelli di "Fortezza Stalingrado" o di "La fine della guerra", tuttavia, il libro si fa leggere lo stesso.

    4. Siamo lontani dal bellissimo libro "Fortezza Stalingrado" sempre di questo autore da cui è stato tratto anche l'incantevole film "Il nemico alle porte" e anche dal suo successore "La fine della guerra", ma ereditiamo comunque una vicenda godevole, ben strutturata e con alle basi un ampia ricerca storica. Siamo in Francia, nei giorni successivi al D-Day (lo sbarco alleato in Normandia) in piena seconda guerra mondiale e come sempre ormai l'autore di questo libro ci racconta gli avvenimenti di qu [...]

    5. Too often we think of war just in terms of statistics, loss of life, gunfire and camoflauge. But it is so much more. In this historical thriller you see the war through the eyes and life of a Rabbi Chaplain, a young american who runs the black market and some "colored boys" who prove that color does not really matter. He made this book to show honesty and reflection of the realities of warfare. While there is quite a bit of foul language, colorful humor and some harsh depictions of battle, you a [...]

    6. The cover blurb says it's a novel of the Red Ball Express. It is not. Even if you count all of the parts about re-supply in general, it's only about a third of the book. The Red Ball itself is less than five per cent. As one who grew up during the war and whose father fought at Normandy, there are more nits to be picked than I care to count. Bottom line is I'm glad it came from the library and I didn't wate good money on to.

    7. David Robbins writes good stories of WW II. This one covers the invasion of Normandy to the Red Ball Express as the Allies chase the Germans out of France.

    8. Another great historical novel of the ETO during WWII. Robbins hit a home run again with his series of WWII novels.

    9. Nooit doen: maar 1 boek meenemen op vakantie! Dit boek uit de 'bibliotheek' van het hotel gehaald en verslonden!

    10. A great book about World War II and the massive supply lines that had to be established & expanded when the Americans landed in France, and fought to help liberate the French from the Germans.

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