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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,409 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Turow Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Stewart Dubinsky knew his father had served in World War II. And he'd been told how David Dubin (as his father had Americanized the name that Stewart later reclaimed) had rescued Stewart's mother from the horror of the Balingen concentration camp. But when he discovers, after his father's death, a packet of wartime letters to a former fiancée, and learns of his father's court-martial and imprisonment, he is plunged into the mystery of his family's secret history and driven to uncover the truth about this enigmatic, distant man who'd always refused to talk about his war.

As he pieces together his father's past through military archives, letters, and, finally, notes from a memoir his father wrote while in prison, secretly preserved by the officer who defended him, Stewart starts to assemble a dramatic and baffling chain of events. He learns how Dubin, a JAG lawyer attached to Patton's Third Army and desperate for combat experience, got more than he bargained for when he was ordered to arrest Robert Martin, a wayward OSS officer who, despite his spectacular bravery with the French Resistance, appeared to be acting on orders other than his commanders'. In pursuit of Martin, Dubin and his sergeant are parachuted into Bastogne just as the Battle of the Bulge reaches its apex. Pressed into the leadership of a desperately depleted rifle company, the men are forced to abandon their quest for Martin and his fiery, maddeningly elusive comrade, Gita, as they fight for their lives through carnage and chaos, the likes of which Dubin could never have imagined.

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 past, of his father's character, and of the brutal nature of war itself.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Petie McCarty | 2/19/2014

    " As always, Turow books are extremely well written. I learned quite a few things about WWII history that I didn't know. The graphic narrative of battle scenes stuck with me way after I had finished the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 2/8/2014

    " This book was terrific, set mostly in World War II. One running theme is that life is neither black or white (although we crave clear cut answers). Life is mostly very gray and that was very apparent during the millions of incidents that occurred during World War II. The other running theme in this book is that we become the stories that we create about ourselves. I just love that! It seems so empowering to me. We CAN write our own life story. In the book, the main character is seeking the truth about his parents who met during the War. His discoveries make him see things in a whole new way. I listened to the audio version of this book. If you have that opportunity, make sure to listen to the interview with Scott Turow at the end. Then listen some more because Scott goes on to talk about the power of audio books. Very good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Clifford | 2/7/2014

    " Secrets are to be kept. "Time deepens the wonder." A must read, especially to those World War II enthusiasts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah | 1/17/2014

    " This book I had a very hard time putting down. It was a story in a story. "

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