This was a wonderful book and I would recommend this to anyone interested in WWII history. The beginning half of the book is a set up of the story. It seems to drag towards the middle but once you get past that you realize that you needed that set up (so hang in there).
This was a well done true story and it reminded me of John McCain's Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir, which I enjoyed. These two books seemed to bring my father's WWII experience to life and made it even more real to me.
I got this book from my library, but I will be encouraging my husband, a Vietnam Veteran, to read it before I have to send it back. I think that he would like it because this is by the same author that wrote [b:Seabiscuit|9692477|Seabiscuit|Laura Hillenbrand|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/512beJlxOuL._SL75_.jpg|17572], which he read cover to cover in one day and it is written in much the same way.