HOW I READ IT
Now this is a great story. Four hundred eighty-six pages of
suspense, mystery, terror, fear, racism, commitment, honor, hatred,
sacrifice, loyalty and betrayal all experienced within a few weeks in
a German POW camp during World War II.
In “Hart’s War” by John Katzenbach, a highly respected, decorated
and dedicated Army Air Corps officer, Vic Bedford, is brutally
murdered. A recently captured black Tuskegee flier, Lincoln Scott, is
immediately accused of the crime because his verbal threats to the
racist Bedford and other circumstantial evidence.
Tommy Hart, a B-25 navigator with two years of Harvard Law School
education, is assigned as Scott’s legal counsel. Hart is convinced of
Scott’s innocence and within 10 days must save him from a German
firing squad. He concludes that the trial is an elaborate cover-up to
conceal another insidious plot, but what plot and who’s behind it?
The vast majority of prisoners are convinced Scott is guilty.
Remember, this is the U.S. Army in 1942.
The trial and Hart’s unearthing (literally) the truth behind
Bedford’s murder is storytelling at its best. Be prepared to be a
little teary eyed during the last chapter.
Check it out!
This book inspired a good movie by the same title starring Bruce
Willis. See Hollywood’s interpretation of this story -- it’s
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