He tells what it was like to be among the first airmen in the B-17s, to prepare oneself for long missions over enemy territory, to be in heavy aerial bombardment by German fighters, to be shot down, finding oneself first in friendly hands and then in enemy hands, to be at the mercy of merciless German guards, to be one of the few American to enter, much less escape, an infamous death camp.
He tells of the relationships formed, not only with fellow crewmen but also with French Resistance fighters, with Polish prisoners, with a young and pretty survivor of a women's camp, and, surprisingly, with a bigger-than-life Russian officer with a heart set on revenge. There are fascinating descriptions of the bloodthirsty Mongols on horseback who accompanied the Russians and who struck fear into the hearts of even the most hardened German SS men.
Balancing the tales of despair and loneliness are images of a girl with an orange on a train, an intuitively companionable little dog, and brilliant scenes of Paris overflowing with flowers, food, love, and exuberance in the first weeks after the war.
The listener ends up thinking it would have been a pleasure to have known this man, Tommy LaMore, and humbly certain that the West's freedom was assured by the sacrifices of men like him.
Intrigue, passion, and sacrifice imbue One Man's War in a compelling story not only for history aficionados and WWII scholars but also for those who are fascinated by the bittersweet nature of love in times of war.
©2002 Dan A. Baker and the estate of Tommy LaMore; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks
Besides being a thrilling account of overcoming incredible odds, this story should be used as a textbook for anyone who wants to engage their readers. I could vividly see, smell, hear taste and feel each scene as LaMore hurt, laughed, loved and cried.
Warning: You'll have a hard time finding a stopping place with this one.
WWII history buff
This book started out as a pedestrian war memoir but after being shot down over France this man's trek back to the Allied lines through the French resistance, prison camps and then with the Russians is one of the most complelling stories I have ever heard or read - as a student of WWII that covers a lot of ground. You won't be disappointed.
I didn't care for the narrator on this book and have found that I don't care for the author.
The story is a good one but the overdramatic narrator distracts from the story. Also, although it was a incredible story, something untangible annoyed me throughout the book. I can't describe it but perhaps it was the author's sometimes arrogant attitude? Perhaps it was the horribly boring and lengthy beginning of the book? Perhaps it was the fact that there was too many words spent on emotions, religion and opinions than on the actual events? For example, when the author wrote about the Resistance fighters that he worked with - he wrote that "I realized that these were the best," and implied it was because the war was several years old. Yeah, right. Ignorant, overdramatic opinions like this are very distracting and bring the listener out of a story.
I was more interested in the events and the descriptions of Resistance fighters and how they worked, concentration camps, etc, and the author did not elaborate enough on those areas. Telling the story and the facts in a simple, straightforward manner would have been more powerful and interesting. The story is strong enough to stand on it's own.
I have read other WWII memoirs and this is one of the worst. Too bad the best ones, like Currahee and Roll Me Over, are not audiobooks.
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