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The Things Our Fathers Saw


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MATTHEW ROZELL is an award-winning history teacher, author, blogger and speaker. He has been featured as the ABC World News 'Person of the Week' and has had his work filmed for CBS News, NBC Learn, the Israeli Broadcast Authority, the New York State United Teachers, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Most recently, he is the recipient of the New York State Education Department's Yavner Teaching Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching the Holocaust and Human Rights. Visit his blog at


"Great book that is easy to follow. I felt like I was the one sitting across the table talking to the people being interviewed. Will definitely be reading the next book.""I have been a student of this war for over 60 years and the author made me want to read more of these types of books. Mr. Rozell constructed the living memories of heroes of the Pacific War into a striking and amazing narrative.""The survivors of WW2 are the generation of ultimate self sacrifice but also dignified silence. Remarkable men and women, thank you one and all.""If you are looking for blood, guts and glory, look elsewhere. However, if you are looking for tales of normal people undertaking extraordinary tasks then read on, and be humbled.""I was sorry to reach the end, and that is a rarity.""This book should be a must-read in every high school in America. It is a very poignant look back at our greatest generation, maybe it will inspire the next one."My father, a member of 'The Greatest Generation', would never talk to me about the serious events in his deployment to the South Pacific. [Later], the things he told me could have been right out this book; the same words, the same descriptions of horrible sights, the same sorrow for friends lost...the same guilt for having survived. Mr. Rozell, THANK YOU for this book.""An absolutely absorbing read. It would seem a simple concept, to let the people who were there tell their story. Rozell gives us background, structure and scope without ever falling in love with his own voice or stealing the limelight, and that is no simple task. Well done!""I felt like I was sitting in the room with a group of WWII veterans, hearing their stories of hardship, fear, and what they had to do for their country, for their family and friends, fighting for what they believed in. I could not put this book down, so very well written to engage the reader and share experiences of war."Awesome writing and very intriguing stories. Thank you for capturing some of the details that will soon be lost forever. Shall we never forget!""Now I know why [my father] didn't talk about his war, his four years in New Guinea. I now have a much better understanding of why.""My father was wounded during the war in Europe. Your book helped me understand, a little better what my father faced - the fear, horror and suffering that is most personal to each soldier. Thank you for writing this excellent book.""History is best learned and remembered when it is humanized. Rozell's book does just that. It gives faces and names and stories to some of battles I read about in my high school textbooks--I couldn't tell you much about what I learned from them, but I could go on about the things I learned from this book. "

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