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The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month: Novels in Honor of Veterans Day November 2011

Johnny Tremain

Johnny Tremain
By Esther Forbes

Also available in DVD

After injuring his hand, a silversmith's apprentice in Boston becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution.

Review and author notes

by David Nevin

The war of 1812 would either make America a global power sweeping all the way to the Pacific--or break it into small pieces bound to mighty England. It was a second revolution of sorts to prove to the British that America had to be taken seriously. The principal actors in this drama were James and Dolley Madison, and Andrew and Rachel Jackson. Their courage and determination would shape America's destiny.

Reviews and author notes
Author’s official website

Killer Angels
by Michael Shaara

Long consider the seminal novel about the Civil War, Robert E. Lee and James Longstreet tell the Southern view of the battle at Gettysburg while Colonel Joshua Chamberlain and General John Buford present the Northern view. This book was the inspiration for Ken Burns' documentary series on the Civil War. It was also adapted for the screen as the film "Gettysburg" in 1993.


A Farewell to Arms
by Ernest Hemingway

Also available in audiodisc, DVD

By turns romantic and harshly realistic, Hemingway's story of a tragic romance set against the brutality and confusion of World War I cemented his fame as a stylist and as a writer of extraordinary literary power. A volunteer ambulance driver and a beautiful English nurse fall in love when he is wounded on the Italian front.

Excerpt and author notes


The Naked and the Dead
by Norman Mailer

Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the Second World War, The Naked and the Dead received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its publication and has since become part of the American canon. Written in gritty, journalistic detail, the story follows an army platoon of foot soldiers who are fighting for the possession of the Japanese-held island of Anopopei.

The Norman Mailer Society

Retreat, Hell!
by W.E.B. Griffin

Also available in large print and audiodisc

During the Korean War, in the fall of 1950, the U.S. Marines confront an uphill battle as they make their way from Inchon across the 38th parallel, dealing with the full force of Chinese military might and the disappearance of an officer's son behind enemy lines.

Reviews and author notes
Author’s official website

The Things they Carried: A Work of Fiction
by Tim O’Brien

This depicts the men of Alpha Company. They battle the enemy (or maybe more the idea of the enemy), and occasionally each other. In their relationships we see their isolation and loneliness, their rage and fear. They miss their families, their girlfriends and buddies; they miss the lives they left back home. Yet they find sympathy and kindness for strangers (the old man who leads them unscathed through the mine field, the girl who grieves while she dances), and love for each other, because in Vietnam they are the only family they have.

Review and author notes
Author’s official website

The Fist of God
by Frederick Forsyth

During the Gulf War, a mysterious spy planted deep in the heart of Iraq becomes the key as Saddam Hussein threatens to unleash a secret, ultimate weapon on the Allied forces.

Reviews and author notes
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The Sandbox
by David Zimmerman

In Iraq, a roadside ambush puts a young American soldier on the trail of a high-reaching conspiracy.




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