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I was familiar with the story of the 442nd, even have Audible's "Honor Before Glory" (good book, just suffers from the narration of Traber Burns), so I knew "Four-Four-Two" would be hard-hitting and filled with strife and devastation.
Still, I wasn't prepared to cry, for heaven's sake! It's a story of racism, heroism, and good and strong friendships. It's a story of what young men, brothers (even "bruddas") will do for each other during the hard slogs, during the white-hot heated pitches of battles. It's of what it costs to kill and to die.
It's a story of what it means to be American during the toughest of times: when America doesn't want you or only thinks of you as cannon fodder, perhaps.
Hughes has crafted marvelous characters in Yuki, Shig, and the other young men they go into combat with. They're complex, want the best, desperately fear the worst, and are willing to place themselves in the toughest of spots just because that's what men, what friends, do for each other when the bullets fly, when the grenades are thrown.
Kirby Heyborne, a fine narrator, turns in a dramatic performance filled with guttural commands, the screams of dying men, the regrets of the aftermath.
And what on earth does it mean when all is said and done?
Like I said, I cried...
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I have a personal family friend that was part of the 442 and I have heard some of his stories. Dean Hughes could have substituted the names and changed the race and it still would of been a disaster. I was looking for a book that had more hart and more discrtiption of these men. I wish there was a real book about the personal struggles these men fought and the battles that they won. This is the last Dean Hughes book I will listen to.
Don't waste a credit n this one.
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