Unbroken | WWII

Books such as this one illuminates what I already know: the human will can do anything; love can heal all.

Ghost Soldiers | WWII

Before we had books and movies about Rangers and SEALs and Green Berets, a group of brave men snuck far behind enemy lines to save the survivors of the Bataan Death March.

Finding Zasha | WWII

This book felt too rushed and too contrived; the personalities of the puppies were the best part about it.

Between Shades of Gray | WWII

Good thriving in such a hostile environment is a powerful beacon of hope for us, both for the past and the future. This book whispers of that hope.

Leningrad | WWII

During the three-year siege, about 800,000 people died. That’s nearly the entire population of the Salt Lake Valley or San Francisco.

The Zookeeper’s Wife | WWII

Human compassion and love overcomes the worst sort of circumstances, bridging the divide of religion, race, and country.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas | WWII

This book was horrifying in some ways and beautiful in others. In the end, it described war as something that engulfs all, not just adults, not just Jews, not just Nazis. It destroys everything.

Auschwitz | WWII

Every person should read this book because darkness needs to have a light shined on it; it should be acknowledged and discussed and known. 

Escape from Warsaw | WWII

This book was about what love and forgiveness can accomplish, about how it can rebuild. There’s good out there even within the depths of evil.

Natural Born Heroes | WWII

This book isn’t really about World War II or Greeks or fitness or even heroism. It’s about compassion, about love.

Spies of the Balkans | WWII

Costa Zannis is helped, and sometimes hindered, by a cast of characters who show that heroism is something that regular people can do on a regular basis during extraordinary circumstances.