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22gigantes.com - A Fortress and a Legacy combines stunning historical accuracy with the pathos of a family torn by war. An exchange of letters between Knoxville native and B-17 bombardier Bud Perrin and his bride, a former Miss America contestant, gives this story heart and soul.The book captivates readers with its portrayal of the cross-current of personal relationships set against the background of enlistment, training, and execution of bombing missions over continental Europe.
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Most helpful customer reviews 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful. A True American Hero By Clyde D. Bailey One of the finest WWII books around. This is not a relating of which bomb squadron did what, but a story of an individual, representative of thousands of others in the same job, and what his life was like before joining the armed forces, during his various training assignments, and ultimately of the life of an aircrew member in England who flew the exceedingly dangerous bombing runs over Germany. The details of this one man's life, lifted from family remembrances and from the letters to and from him during the war, bring the young flier to life for the reader. We are given perspective and understanding as though we were another crew member experiencing the life and loneliness, the training and dedication, of those who were there--some of the real heroes of WWII who did their duty in the face of extreme danger, and who died that the following generations could live in freedom. So few know what we owe these men. This book will help readers realize what the Greatest Generation did for us. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful. A remarkable story of love during a time of war By Laurel Wood It’s a bit surprising to see a book that has received only 5-star reviews. Surely there is something not to like! But having just finished J. Ross Greene’s remarkable “A Fortress and a Legacy,” it’s easy to understand that the superlative reviews this book has garnered are well-deserved.Given that many thousands of books have been written about World War II, it may seem there’s little left to say on this subject. But this captivating story of love in a time of war provides a unique perspective that will appeal to readers on many different levels.The book provides technical details about World War II era equipment and aircraft that I found to be both interesting and enlightening. And it offers engaging descriptions of military life running the gamut from day-to-day boredom to gut-wrenching fear during battles. But that is not where the book finds its soul.By detailing the experiences of one young man during these turbulent years, the book actually tells the story of all men as they were thrust from their everyday lives into a world of military training and, subsequently, the war itself. Through his depiction of Ross "Bud" Perrin’s life, the author has taken this very large event and brought it down to an understandable human level, highlighting the impact of the war not only on one airman, but also on the families and communities left behind. It makes it clear that “service” is not limited to those in uniform.Although “A Fortress and a Legacy” takes place during a monumental war, ultimately, it is a story about love…love of country, love of God, love of an adored and adoring life partner, love for a yet to be born child, and, now, love of a man for a treasured uncle who died long ago…but who will never disappear because he is remembered in the hearts of loved ones and in this extraordinary book. And by the time I finished reading it, I loved him, too. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful. A Book Destined to be Award Winning! By Brenda Pratt As a non-family member, former media specialist, and avid reader of historical fiction I would like to recommend this enlightening, fact filled novel that goes behind the scenes of WWII through the letters of Bud Perrin, bombardier. J. Ross Greene is not an author who assumes or invents how his main character felt because Bud wrote letters home to his wife almost every night and A FORTRESS AND A LEGACY A Fortress and A Legacy: The Gift of a WWII Bombardier's True Story to the Daughter He Never Knew is based on these letters along with the in-depth research Greene did as he visited bases and countries where Bud trained, fought and found entertainment in an otherwise frightening environment. The storyline progresses from a group of young adult friends wondering if the U.S. should get involved in the war in Europe and questioning the role our country should play if we did get involved, to the fight to take Berlin and end Hitler’s rule. The story is especially good because it covers things rarely detailed in other books. Through Bud’s letters we learn about the soldier’s schooling, training, studying for tests, what was on the tests, and how difficult some tests were to pass, as well as the importance of doing very well in order to obtain coveted positions such as those of pilot, navigator and bombardier.We learn about rituals the men did before taking off and how they struggled to channel their fears. We learn what the inside of the huge plane called a Fortress was like, and the relief the fighters felt when they could once again see the White Cliffs of Dover and cross the English Channel to home at the base. We learn how each man immediately went through a private debriefing with officers having to relate everything they experienced on the mission. We experience what their day was like on mission days and what they were like when missions were scrubbed and why a scrubbed mission was such a disappointment.All of this I found fascinating and well written. One last insight gained from the book is what it really means when we call a generation “The Greatest Generation". You may be like me in that the Greatest Generation brings to mind deep respect for the sacrifice made to our country, but after reading this book I realized the Greatest Generation is so much more and included the family left at home. This was a generation full of love for Family, God, and Country and this love fueled their actions in everyday life making them all willing to sacrifice. I would argue that it was their love more than their bravery that fueled their actions. A FORTRESS AND A LEGACY is a profound and very enjoyable book with well-developed characters and a heart moving conclusion. Thank you, Ross Greene for writing it and I hope readers will give the book a chance to fill their hearts with love and respect for our “Greatest Generation”. See all 124 customer reviews...
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