This is the true story of Leo Litwak, an award-winning novelist and former World War II combat medic, who in 1943 was a college student thrilled by the prospect of helping to fight what people were calling a good war. It's the story of real people in war-friends and thieves, dreamers and killers, jokers and heroes-as well as the personal account of a young American plucked from a sheltered and comfortable life and sent to a foreign land to save the men fighting to save the world. Few books have portrayed the grit and wonder of war with such eloquence, and still fewer have shown how war looks through the eyes of a soldier whose mission was saving lives, not taking them.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's not an easy book to read, in the sense that what's happening on the frontline is perfectly horrifying. Litwak has graced the story of his WW2 experience with enough humor to let the reader catch her breath, and what emerges is a human understanding that goes way beyond what most 18-year-olders ever dream of. We can only thank Litwak for writing something that must have been difficult even to recall.
"The Medic: Life and Death in the Last Days of WWII" reads like a poignant memoir. However,the author states it is a mix of fact and fiction, written decades after the events described. I found it very realistic and provocative, exposing human nature at its worst and best. It was easy to read and memorable.
Reasonably good personal war story but that's all.
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