Picks and Pans Review: Love Stories of World War II
During the Normandy invasion, a teenager battles the Germans while carrying a talisman, a folded page bearing his baby daughter's inked footprints. On a London night of air-raid sirens, an American pilot proposes to his British love. A blind date leads to marriage for a nurse and the artillery officer who shows her his howitzers.
CNN's King presents 33 of the greatest generation's most tender moments. Unfortunately, many tales have frustrating gaps and some end sadly in death or divorce. Still, a poignant truth links each account. As one survivor puts it, "We've all got war stories. We're still living the love stories." (Crown, $25)
Bottom Line: Disarming