6/03/2017

BOOK REVIEW

The Bitter Road to Freedom: A New History of the Liberation of EuropeThe Bitter Road to Freedom: A New History of the Liberation of Europe by William I. Hitchcock
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Starts out strong. The author makes a good point that the liberation of Europe during WWII has been heavily sanitized and romanticized. We forget that Italy was a nasty stalemate; that we had to bomb the hell out of France, Belgium and Germany; that our soldiers were not always on their best behavior and that occupation was a messy affair. But then it gets wobbly in the end, trying to tell the story of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration and the various groups that sprang up to deal with Jews, refugees and POWs. That really should have been a second book on its own.


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