Posts tagged World War II

Movie Review: “Dunkirk”

At the end of May in 1940, the Allied forces in France were pushed west to the beachhead at Dunkirk. Over 400,000 men and equipment were trapped with nowhere to go. The air was filled with German planes and their ships patrolled the sea. Commander Bolton of the Royal Navy, played by Kenneth Branagh, supervised […]


Audiobook Review: “The Master Sniper” by Stephen Hunter

This book took me back to the end of World War II. The Germans knew they were losing the war, but they kept fighting. A master sniper by the name of Repp prepared for his final mission using a new weapon, a gun that fires bullets at subsonic speed and makes no sound and it […]


Movie Review: “Hacksaw Ridge”

Based on a true story, Hacksaw Ridge was one of many battles to take the island of Okinawa from the Japanese in World War II.  The U.S. Army sent hundreds of men to take the ridge to no avail, until Captain Glover and his men attempt the impossible.  With them is Desmond Doss, a medic […]


“Dash” Book Review

“Dash” was written by Kirby Larson and published in 2014 by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.  I found this book during the Tucson Festival of Books when I listened to the author speak in a seminar.  I was drawn to this middle grade book because it dealt with the internment of Japanese-Americans in […]


“Woman in Gold” Movie Review

I had to drive across town to see this film, but it was worth it.  Helen Mirren stars as Maria Altman, a Jewish woman born in Vienna, Austria who escaped just as the Nazis were taking over the country.  She left behind her parents and her family’s possessions to live in the United States.  One […]


“The Book Thief” Movie Review

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday.  Instead of shopping, I went to the movies. This movie begins in 1938 in Germany when a young girl by the name of Liesle is adopted by a family.  As Liesle begins school, her classmates learn quickly that she can’t read or write and bully her with […]