I am currently reading the book Flags Of Our Fathers by James Bradley.
The book is an account of the six men who raised the flag on Iwo Jima. I'm drawn to this part of WWII because my Dad fought on the two islands that led to the battle of Iwo Jima- Saipan and Tinian.
I read this novel and think of the baby faces - like my dad - who endured jungle fighting, rooting Japanese out of caves and the like, and how it shaped his life after the war.
The book goes into great detail about these men in that same way. Especially their early years.
Only most of them didn't come home form the battle.
A ver compelling and (for me) a very emotional book.