The Rising Tide: A Novel of the Second World War. Jeff Shaara, Author. Ballantine $ (p) ISBN Buy *The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II* by Jeff Shaara, The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II Jeff Shaara Ballantine Paperback pages. May The first in a World War II trilogy forms a weak foundation for the series.
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When Germany’s ally Japan launches a teh attack on Pearl Harbor, America is rizing into the war, fighting to hold back the Japanese conquest of the Pacific, while standing side-by-side with their British ally, the last hope for turning the tide of the war. Through unforgettable battle scenes in the unforgiving deserts of North Africa and the rugged countryside of Sicily, Shaara tells this story through the voices of this conflict’s most heroic figures, some familiar, some unknown.
As British and American forces strike into the “soft underbelly” of Hitler’s Fortress Europa, the new weapons of war come clearly into focus. In North Africa, tank battles unfold in a tapestry of dust and fire unlike any the world has ever seen. In Sicily, the Allies attack their enemy with a barely tested weapon: As battles rage along the coasts of the Mediterranean, the momentum of the war begins to shift, setting the stage for the massive invasion of France, at a seaside resort called Normandy.
More than an unprecedented and intimate portrait of those who waged this astonishing global war, The Rising Tide is a vivid gallery of characters both immortal and unknown: Eisenhower, whose tireless efficiency helped win the war; his subordinates, clashing in both style and personality, from George Patton and Mark Clark to Omar Bradley and Bernard Montgomery.
In the desolate hills and deserts, the Allies confront Thr Rommel, the battlefield genius known as “the Desert Fox,” a wounded beast who hands the Americans their first humiliating defeat in the European theater of the war. From tank driver to paratrooper to the men who gave the commands, Shaara’s stirring portrayals bring the heroic and the tragic to life in brilliant detail. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
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Now he embarks upon his most ambitious epic, a trilogy about the military conflict that defined the twentieth century. The Rising Tide begins a staggering work of fiction bound to be a new generation’s most poignant chronicle of W A modern master of the historical novel, Jeff Shaara has painted brilliant depictions of the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, and World War I.
The Rising Tide begins a staggering work of fiction bound to be a new generation’s most poignant chronicle of World War II.
With you-are-there immediacy, painstaking historical detail, and all-inclusive points of view, Shaara portrays the momentous and increasingly dramatic events that pulled America into the vortex of this monumental conflict.
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Lists with This Book. Sep 28, Mr. Matt rated it liked it Shelves: The action picks up in Africa, waiting on Operation Torch to begin. As with other Shara books, the author follows some of the key actors – Eisenhower, Patton, Montgomery, and, intriguingly, Rommel and Kesselring. It is through their eyes that the reader experiences the Desert campaign in North Africa as well as the invasion of Sicily and Italy by the allies. I appreciate the insight into the decision-making and strategy of the generals.
The lack of resources and bad orders cost the Germans multiple opportunities for devastating victories over the Allies. The perspective is a mixed blessing. While Rommel was interesting, some of the other perspectives were merely vaguely interesting.
Exhibit A is Eisenhower who comes across as a bit of a cardboard automaton who emotionlessly builds his strategy and executes on the way to final victory. I would like to see more of the experience of the common soldier – or even a civilian caught up in things.
To be fair, Shara does give his readers some of this.
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In North Africa we follow an American tank man who experiences the horror of taking under-armored American tanks into battle against heavy panzers. And in Sicily we get to follow a paratrooper into combat against an elite unit of SS troops.
That was pretty cool. Outside of the perspective, I shawra taken aback by the beginning of the book. It starts right at the planning of Operation Torch. Snaara I thought it was going to begin earlier, even the invasion of Poland by the Germans. Coming into the war mid-way is disconcerting. Maybe it should have at least begun at the start of the war for the Americans?
On the whole, three stars out of five. Shara does what he does. You either riding it or you don’t. I’m mixed on it.
Riing course, I will still read the next two books. I enjoy the history. Jul 05, Nathaniel rated it it was ok Shelves: Ever since reading Gods and Generals I have been convinced that Jeff Shaara doesn’t have anything like the gift for writing his father, Shaaara, Michaelexhibited in the breathtaking historical novel The Killer Angels. This book cemented my impression. If you want to read some interesting World War II history specifically, the time period around the American entrance into the war in North Africa that focuses on the personalities of the generals involved: I have little Ever since reading Gods and Generals I have been convinced that Jeff Shaara doesn’t have anything like the gift for writing his father, Shaara, Michaelexhibited in the breathtaking historical novel The Killer Angels.
I have little doubt that the writing is very, very well-researched and I did learn things that even as a minor WW2 buff I didn’t know about Patton, Eisenhower, Montgomery, Rommel, and others. It just wasn’t a lot of fun to do. Oct 23, Barnabas Piper rated it it was amazing.
I really like Shaara’s blend of history and character. He brings out historical setting, context, and tise through the lives of characters based on reality.
It’s the kind of historical fiction that makes history real and reminds the reader of its impact and how fascinating it is.
Jun 30, Linda rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jeff Shaara made an admirable attempt to complete his father’s Civil War series, but his jfef, valuable though they are, could not hold a candle to The Killer Angel. One of the marks of good historical fiction, for me, is the way it prompts me to start researching stu Jeff Shaara made an admirable attempt to complete his father’s Civil War series, but his sequels, valuable though they are, could not hold a candle to The Killer Angel.
One of the marks of good historical fiction, for me, is the way it prompts me to start researching stuff on the internet. And that’s what I found myself doing in Tide. Another of telling sign happens when I find myself living what the characters are going through, and in Jeff’s chapters on the tank battles between Rommel and the Allies, I felt the awe.
To a lesser extent, only because this topic receives less coverage, is his portrayal of the training and daring of the paratroopers. There are many similar scenes in Tide – POW camps, stress disorders, command failures – that truly bring home the complexity of the topic to readers who have never experienced warfare at any level.
Oct 11, Teri Pre rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’ve read quite a few books about WW This is the first book I’ve read about the campaign in Africa. I never ahaara just how important it was and why it was important.
This book isn’t for the casual reader. Even though it’s classified as fiction, it’s really not, except for some of the dialogue which might or might not have happened exactly the way they’re reported.
Jul 27, Sanklo rated it it was amazing. Great historical fiction on the war in northern Africa and Italy; both parts of WWII that don’t risiing nearly as much attention as the Pacific theater and the Normandy invasion. Shaara’s writing makes you feel like you’re right there with the troops, and brings to life all the hurdles the U.
Can’t wait to dive into part II! Dec 05, Susan neff it really liked it Recommends it for: A fairly large book, I nonetheless devoured it in two days and for the first time understand at least something about the command on both sides of the lines and the experience of the tank battalions in North Africa and eventually the invasion of Sicily and Italy, not jeeff mention the importance of the North African campaign to the success of the Allies in World War II.
Maybe someone should have required reading like this as part of my high school curriculum because apparently historical fiction is A fairly large book, I nonetheless devoured it in two days and for the first time understand at least something about the command on both sides of the lines and the experience of the tank battalions in North Africa and eventually the invasion of Sicily and Italy, not to mention the importance of the North African campaign to the success of the Allies in World War II.
Maybe someone should have required reading like this as part of my high school curriculum because apparently historical fiction is jef way to give me the perspective I never got from maps, documentaries or classes in my school years or since.
Admittedly, this book was heavy on history and light on fiction, with little interest in manufacturing diversions from the story to throw tue romance or drama into the mix that wasn’t there riing. That said, through the telling of the stories of individual’s day to day experience however I found myself caring to understand something about the men behind the names: Patton, Rommel, Marshall and their staffs.
Understanding their conflicts, problems with supplies and more, I tid able to form a picture of what some of what happened before the invasion in Normandy, a topic I’d given little thought shaqra before. Took me awhile to get going but I ended up loving this book.
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Learned a lot of things I didn’t know. Like when our troops first landed in Northern Africa I was surprised to learn that the french were shooting at us. And that the Italians turned on the Germans after Mussolini was arrested. Really love Jeff Shaara’s writing style how he tells you what the characters are feeling and thinking.
Now on too book number 2. Apr 18, Dick Gullickson rated it really liked it. Shaara provides a balanced approach that draws the readers sympathy to the tragic figure Rommel as he struggles with inadequate resources, delusional German leaders, inept Italian allies, and illness. Jeff Shaara is a master story teller. He combines the factual details of war and battles with memories of men fighting side by side.
He captures both the officers and the enlisted men’s side of war and planning.