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‘Hart’s War’ is a riveting read

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

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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

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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.

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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

fascinating.

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* DOUG BOWLER is a native Californian who, with his wife, has

been experiencing the good life of Laguna Beach for more than 18

years.


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