I just finished an amazing book by Patrick K. O’Donnell called “The Unknowns”. It’s a true story about how the unknown soldier was selected, and how the idea came to be in the first place. The book then flashes back to the men who were selected to accompany the unknown soldier back to the USA, and their respective roles in World War I.
WWI seems to get overshadowed by WWII on tv and in books, so it was a welcome surprise for me to learn more about those who fought in this particular war. I don’t think I learned anything about WWI in either grade school or in high school, so this was a great opportunity to do so.
The interesting part of the book was that the men were involved in various engagements and in various roles. For example, one was on a ship that was disabled by a German submarine, and he then became a POW. Another fought in the trenches in France.
Mr. O’Donnell does a great job of dropping the reader right into the action, and he also makes you care about each man and his mission.
I just started another book of his, “The Brenner Assignment”, about an espionage mission during WWII. I’m enjoying it so far.