Love and Sacrifice tells the stories of the Reed family as they traveled across the country and around the world through the first half of the 20th century in military service. The book culminates in the combat deaths of the father and a son on the World War II battlefields of Europe.
Their stories are told through letters among family members, personal diaries, and the vivid recollections of wife and mother, Mildred Reed. The book is illustrated with more than 300 images interwoven into the text illuminating each stage of their experiences.
This narrative nonfiction, never-before-told story follows the family, driven by the voice of Mildred Reed, through all of their stations, brought to further life by deep archival research on the events and environment of the times and places.
Love and Sacrifice will be of interest to readers who enjoy 20th century American and military history. The book will be of particular intrest to military families.
Note: The price difference in paperback versions reflects a color version ($28.99) versus a black and white version ($14.99).
and love, for people who serve our Nation today
December 29, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Really well written. Learned a ton of stuff about America and the 'old' Army between the World Wars. But by building the story around a family, it has light moments that help move the story. Still, there is an element of a Greek tragedy building...Not just a history book, it has lessons about family life, and love, for people who serve our Nation today. Strongly recommend.
Kevin Von Luehrte rated it really liked it
This book is well researched and the narrative is good. The author presents the story of a military family (the Reeds) in the years leading up to and into WWII. You really get to know the Reed family through their letters and photos and the author does an excellent job of placing their story in the context of the time in which they lived. The way in which the author weaves the global history that surrounds the Reed story keeps the reader's interest from start to finish. I was so pulled into the story that even though I knew how their story would end, I was still shocked and saddened when I read the words.
There is an incredible amount of historical information in this book, all connected by the journeys of this one family, whom we get to know almost as intimately as our own. Following them through the triumphs and travails that seem so familiar to our own lives, it's hard not to feel a deep nostalgia for times gone by. I loved the family, loved the history, and loved the book.
sumofmygenes rated it it was amazing
Such a good read! A well-researched non-fiction historical narrative about the Reed family from Norton, Kansas, it has it all: love and romance, tragedy, honor, military maneuvers, and best of all, discovering a marvelous family. World War One and World War Two enthusiasts will especially enjoy!