"Anyone wanting to understand the 20th century Army brat abroad is recommended to read A Look Back in Time, a memoir which admirably conveys a large slice of an Anerican boy's life in Germany.
I was drawn in by the narrator's awed voice as he tells the story of his magical experience flying on a plane with his family to Germany. The near crash rendered that experience a nigtmare averted just like the one following, when the author's father managed not to kill a German child while driving the whole family in an army jeep.
It is fun to read about Lee making friends and interesting to see how his parents disciplined him and his siblings. The difference in musical tastes between the narrator and the German boys he makes friends with serves to show differences in culture. It is nice to read about how these friends ended up in the same bowling alley as Lee, and interesting to discover how dangerous that job could be!
I was not surprised that the author's essay on Goethe placed fourth in the competition because the author has obvious talent. Some of the most interesting scenes in the book are those involved with activities like boxing, ice skating, football, or dancing. I was sorry that the author had to leave Elsie behind."
A Look Back in Time: Memoir of a Military Kid in the 50s, Vol. II, “…is an excellent chronicle outlining the life of a great father and his son. Bernard has captured the true essence of being part of a military family in the late 1950s in Germany. Through his eyes, we take ‘a look back in time’ filled with adventures of hope, peril, leadership challenges and triumphs. I am sure this book will provide a connection for young men and women, who travel life’s journey as members of our proud military families.”