Ordinary Heroes

Ordinary Heroes

Book - 2005
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Stewart Dubinsky knew his father, David, had served in World War II, but had been told very little about his experiences. When he finds, after his father's death, a packet of wartime letters to a former fiancee and learns of David's court-martial, Stewart is driven to uncover the truth about this enigmatic, distant man he never knew.Using military archives, old letters, and David's own notes, he discovers that David, a JAG lawyer, had pursued a maverick U.S. officer in Europe, fallen in love with a beautiful resistance fighter, and fought in the war's deadliest conflicts. In reconstructing the terrible events and agonizing choices his father faced on the battlefield, in the courtroom, and in love, Stewart gains a closer understanding of his father's secret past and of the brutal nature of war itself.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780446584135
Branch Call Number: TUR
Characteristics: 371 p.


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A wonderfully crafted story weaving some details from lives of real WWII American vets with some evocative and challenging plot lines. Who are the 'good guys'. This is the kind of novel which skirts the moral grey zone and draws the reader into an assessment of their own values and ideas of right and wrong. Turow quotes a friend of his own father's a few times in the book "Time does deepen the wonder". Ordinary Heroes gave me an insight into the suffering of my own father who came back fro WWII so scathed. Another chance to forgive our parents and to deepen the wonder at man's inhumanity to man.

Oct 13, 2015

Believable fiction

Jan 16, 2015

This would make a good movie, but as a book I found it a bit hard-going. Stewart Dubinsky is a journalist who, after reading letters written by his father during WWII referring to his court-martial that Stewart never knew about, investigates his father's war career. The following story takes place during the last phase of the European advances by the Allies, and is the best part of the book. I found the actual historical commentary of the battles and the strategies a bit dry compared to the father's story, but that may have been on purpose as it highlighted the human cost of participation in those battles. Of course there was also the depiction of upper management incompetence and need-to-know secrecy and its impact on the actual on-the-ground rank and file we have come to expect in this kind of story. Others have loved this book but I only liked it.

Jul 06, 2013

Although it's not his familiar courtroom setting, this is a spectacular book. I loved it

Jun 04, 2013

This is a great read! It's what they call a "sweeping saga." It reminds me of Dr. Zhivago in that it is a romance with the backdrop of war (WWII). It's also somewhat of a mystery and an adventure. This would make a spectacular movie! I can't recommend it enough!

May 04, 2010

This is a different Turow: war story well presented in all the horrors of war,

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