Book review by Eagletree
This was not a short book, but in less than 24 hours, it was gone, I could not stop reading. It is not at all what I expected. It does have some of the blow by blow accounts of battle that I normally crave in memoirs, but it delivered something far more important to me. This book covers the saga of what war creates for fallout, very reminiscent of my own life experiences with my father and the others in my family who lived during the depression and WWII. My father didn’t suffer as Richard Leslie did in terms of the war itself, his role was easier on a ship, but the impact was still much the same, a life attempting to somehow make what he had experienced and did make sense, and pushing him to his breaking point long after the war had ended. What Roger documented here, must have applied to the observations of many of us baby-boomers who observed the fallout just keep destroying, long after the war had ended. Again, it’s likely not the memoir you are expecting, but it is something I feel is more important in determining the real impact of war, because it starts where the glory ends. I wish each person who so freely calls themselves a patriot would read it, and get a more realistic feel for the price paid by the individuals who actually foot the bill for freedom. It’s not really about foxholes, guns and bombs, it’s about a lifetime of paying that price long after the fact. This book is actually a very important work.