Invisible Heroes of World War II: Extraordinary Wartime Stories of Ordinary People

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Shadow Mountain
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6.2 X 1.0 X 9.2 inches | 0.85 pounds
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About the Author

Jerry Borrowman is an award-winning author of historical fiction and nonfiction. He has written about the World Wars, the Great Depression, and the Vietnam War. His book, Compassionate Soldier, was the recipient of the George Washington National Medal of Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge and the Best Indies Book of the Year 2017 Gold Winner for War and Military. He and his wife, Marcella, raised four children and live in the Rocky Mountains.


"World War II famously gave rise to human atrocities such as the Holocaust and the atomic bomb, but it also became a proving ground for heroes who refused to back down from the fight against evil. This title tells the stories of many of these brave soldiers and noncombatants. The first half shares stories of individuals from the war, two of which are previously untold. The second half focuses on often overlooked groups such as the Navajo code talkers and the Purple Heart Battalion. The short biographical sketches are well cited. Difficult topics such as torture and personal loss are approached with grace by neither glossing over nor overly examining the experiences. Each individual or group story includes background information, giving readers a chance to see what elements led up to their heroic acts and service during the conflict. A solid primer for those just learning about World War II, this collection also offers new stories that will interest even the most avid history buff."
-- "School Library Journal" (4/2/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"A quick and insightful overview of just how diverse the stories of WWII participants were, including, as it does, women's stories as well as those of African Americans and Japanese Americans. There is also coverage of a group of airmen who went missing over British Columbia while transporting a combat aircraft, offering further proof of just how long the reach of the war can be. Unusual and compelling."-- "Booklist" (5/1/2019 12:00:00 AM)