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Publisher's Note:

The struggle to combat the Nazis during World War II encompassed front lines far beyond conventional battlefields. In a panoramic and compelling account, author Jerry Borrowman shares seven largely untold stories of people who undertook extraordinary efforts to defeat the Third Reich at enormous personal risk. Some were soldiers like the Ghost Army, an eclectic group of former artists, actors, an…

Overall Book Review:

Why We Fought details seven true stories that took place during World War II. Each account features fierce bravery, incredible feats, and huge sacrifices that saved lives and helped end the war. The majority of these episodes are not well-known and will fascinate readers. Several of the stories feature the heroic deeds of women and religious minorities — groups less likely to be recognized for their major contributions in the war. Best-selling author Jerry Borrowman conducted a vast amount of research to assemble the novel — his notes and a bibliography are included at the end of the book. Vivid details and facts dot each page, while the stories themselves move at a rapid pace. Why We Fought is written in a narrative style, making the information more engaging and easy-to-understand. This is a must-read for history buffs. Readers who enjoy inspirational stories will also love this non-fiction!

Review of Advance Reader’s Edition sent from the Publisher


Content Analysis

Profanity/Language: 1 derogatory word.

Violence/Gore: A few verbal threats and implied occurrences of violence; frequent secondhand reports of violence including destruction, murder, kidnapping, suicide, torture, shootings, battle and lynching; a few brief scenes of violence involving accidental shootings; a few brief scenes including destruction of property; a few non-detailed scenes of violent death when a man commits suicide, characters die from bombing and others are shot; a brief scene of blood and gore regarding a dead body; a few scenes of brief intense violence involving torture and killing; a extended scene of intense violence regarding what happens in a Nazi gas chamber.

Sex/Nudity: None

Mature Subject Matter

War, sabotage, resistance networks, amputation, prison camps, slave labor, bombings, betrayal, concentration camps, suicide, kidnapping, torture, double agents, manic depression & insane asylums, desertion, ‘susceptibility to the opposite sex”.

Alcohol/Drug Use

A few characters drink; a few characters smoke.

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
3
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
6
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
3
10

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.