|The Last Ridge by McKay Jenkins|
This, then, is the best and the worst of the American Army all in one book. It is a story of fantastic courage, of motivated men doing the impossible in the company of their brothers, of the importance of fitness and athletic skill to the combat soldier. But it's also a story about waste, about good men whose talents are under-appreciated and underutilized, and it proves once and for all that war kills indiscriminately. It makes for a tough read in spots.
|The 10th Mtn Division's Patch|
This is a minor critique. The Last Ridge is a readable, deeply personal account, and given what Jenkins is trying to do with the story, that's a better way to tell it. It's also one of the few military history books I've ever read that focuses uniquely on New England's part in World War II, which I found satisfying on a personal level. I recommend it strongly to folks from the North who have an interest in military history and especially to ski and mountaineering buffs who want to understand the place of their sport in the context of war. I enjoyed the book thoroughly, and I expect you will, too.