Friday, January 9, 2015

No Greater Valor by Jerome Corsi


No Greater Valor: The Siege of Bastogne and the Miracle That Sealed Allied Victory by Jerome Corsi is an account of the siege of Bastogne. This occurred during the Battle of the Bulge, the last major German offensive of WWII.  The 101st and 82nd Airborne divisions were sent to Bastogne at the last minute after their post leave was cut short. They were sent without adequate supplies, and under the command of a new general because of a last minute switch. This illustrates the desperation of the situation unfolding at the beginning of the offensive.
 
The focus of No Greater Valor is slightly unclear. The subtitle and introduction make it seem as though the focus will be the religious aspect of the siege seen through the faith of those involved and how they interpreted events. While there are some mentions off faith throughout, they are random and not the main focus. The main focus seems to be just a recounting of events. There is little to no background information given, and as a reader not familiar with the specifics of battles in WWII, I found myself struggling to keep up at first. It was somewhat like being thrown into the deep end and told to swim. There was also a lot of technical military terminology without any explanation or reference chart. The content itself is good, but how the book is advertised is misleading. In cases like this, a disservice is done to the reader.
 
Overall, anyone who enjoys military or WWII history will probably enjoy No Greater Valor, though its not really the best book for one unfamiliar with either topic.
 
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