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Iron Coffins: a personal account of the German U-boat battles in World War II.Herbert A. Werner. Audio, Braille. A personal account of the hardships and horrors of U-boat life during World War II by a former German U-boat commander, now a U.S. citizen. The author also speaks out against the futility of war and the insanity of mass destruction.
1919: the year that changed America. Martin W. Sandler. Audio. Explores the major movements of 1919 that changed the country just as World War I came to an end. Covers the rise of women's suffrage, the violence of the Red Summer and the Red Scare, and Prohibition. For grades 6-9. National Book Award.
A Fable. William Faulkner. Audio, Braille. In rhetoric that denounces war, the novel presents a parallel between the false armistice in France in 1918 and the Passion Week. A French corporal and his twelve followers bring action at the front to a standstill as they spread the gospel of the brotherhood of humankind. Pulitzer Prize.
Johnny Got His Gun. Dalton Trumbo. Audio, Braille. Classic antiwar novel presents the internal monologue of a young soldier maimed during World War I. Hospitalized Joe Bonham, drifting in and out of consciousness, is beset by past memories and present horrors. 1990 introduction by Vietnam veteran/author Ron Kovic.
The Red Baron. Manfred Richthofen. Audio. Autobiography of the original Red Baron, honored as Germany's most valiant and daring hero. He shot down more enemy aircraft that any other World War I pilot and was considered an enormous threat by Allied aviators.
All Quiet on the Western Front. Erich Maria Remarque. Audio, Braille. Classic World War I novel depicting the horrors and futility of armed conflict. Nineteen-year-old German private Paul Baumer relates the daily routine of ordinary soldiers in the trenches and tells how warfare affected him and his three classmates. Portrays young men who may have escaped bullets but were destroyed by their combat experience.
At Dawn We Slept: the untold story of Pearl Harbor. Gordon William Prange. Audio. Detailed account of the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor based on exhaustive interviews and eyewitness accounts. Chronicles the painstaking preparations of the Japanese task force, the factors contributing to American unpreparedness, the events of the air raid itself, and the aftermath and legacy of the attack.
The Things They Carried. Tim O'Brien. Audio, Large Print, Braille. Twenty-two related stories, O'Brien uses the paraphernalia that young American soldiers in Vietnam carried as a metaphor for their inner burdens--cowardice, peer pressure, self-delusion, and fear. Pulitzer Prize finalist.
SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper. Howard E. Wasdin. Audio, Braille. Wasdin, a former Navy SEAL Team Six sniper, chronicles his training and war experiences, including special operations during Desert Storm. Details the mission that almost cost him his life--the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia, the basis for the 2001 movie Black Hawk Down.
Call Me American: a memoir. Abdi Nor Iftin. Audio. Somali immigrant shares his story of growing up in his war-torn home country and fascination with all things American--to the point where he earned the nickname "Abdi American." Describes the ways he was punished for this fascination as Islamic extremists came to power, and his eventual settlement in Maine.
On Desperate Ground: The Marines at the reservoir, the Korean War's greatest battle. Hampton Sides. Audio, Large Print. An account of the 1950 battle at the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. Describes the heroic efforts of the US Marines despite the desperate circumstances they faced. Draws from archival research and interviews with American and Korean survivors.