Shadow Divers

91vrvnr7xllBook #27: Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve one of the Last Mysteries of World War II, Robert Kurson.

After receiving the coordinates of a potential, undiscovered shipwreck 60 miles off the New Jersey coast, boat Captain Bill Nagle and wreck diver John Chatterton discover a German U boat covered by 240 feet of water.  Over the next 6 years, Chatterton and his diving partner Richie Kohler make repeated trips in attempt to discover the identity of the mystery U boat. The illusiveness of the quest to identify the U boat proves to be a profound and life-altering challenge.  For Chatterton it is a quest to find his identity in the most challenging of life circumstances.  And for Kohler it is a quest to identify and bring rest to the families of the fallen German soldiers.  This is a fascinating read, not only because of the technical details of diving and the history of U boat warfare in WW2.  It is an insightful look into the character of men and what motivates them through difficult times.

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A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

b0095zq36g-01-lBook #38: A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II, Adam Makos & Larry Alexander

Franz was an elite German fighter pilot.  Charlie was a B17 bomber pilot.  In December, 1943 they had a chance encounter over the skies of Germany that would change the course of their lives.  This is the story of how each fought in WW2 and the unique events that brought these 2 men together.  It is probably one of the most fascinating biographies that I have read this year.  A definite must read for anyone interested in WW2 military history.  \

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The Man who Broke into Auchwitz: A True Story of World War II

b009ofezm6-01-lBook#11: The Man who Broke into Auchwitz: A True Story of World War II, Denis Avey

Captured during the North African campaign in WW2, Denis Avey found himself as a British POW interned in the Nazi Labor camp E715 near Auchwitz III.  While there he developed a plan to switch places with a Jewish inmate in Auchwitz.  This book is the story of that daring event and the subsequent effects that would not be known until 6 decades later.

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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin

b004hfrjm6-01-lBook #6: In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin, Erik Larson

Appointed as an ambassador by FDR, William Dodd finds himself in pre WW2, Nazi Germany.  Dodd is fought between the darkening thunderclouds of Nazism in Berlin and the willfully naive sentiment toward Nazi Germany in Washington.  This is a must read and can inform our national discourse on the role of America around the world.

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