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Enemies in Love: A German POW, a Black Nurse, and an Unlikely Romance (edição 2018)

por Alexis Clark (Autor)

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A "New & Noteworthy" selection of The New York Times Book Review "Alexis Clark illuminates a whole corner of unknown World War II history." --Walter Isaacson, New York Times bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci "[A]n irresistible human story. . . . Clark's voice is engaging, and her tale universal." --Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power and American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House A true and deeply moving narrative of forbidden love during World War II and a shocking, hidden history of race on the home front This is a love story like no other: Elinor Powell was an African American nurse in the U.S. military during World War II; Frederick Albert was a soldier in Hitler's army, captured by the Allies and shipped to a prisoner-of-war camp in the Arizona desert. Like most other black nurses, Elinor pulled a second-class assignment, in a dusty, sun-baked--and segregated--Western town. The army figured that the risk of fraternization between black nurses and white German POWs was almost nil. Brought together by unlikely circumstances in a racist world, Elinor and Frederick should have been bitter enemies; but instead, at the height of World War II, they fell in love. Their dramatic story was unearthed by journalist Alexis Clark, who through years of interviews and historical research has pieced together an astounding narrative of race and true love in the cauldron of war. Based on a New York Times story by Clark that drew national attention, Enemies in Love paints a tableau of dreams deferred and of love struggling to survive, twenty-five years before the Supreme Court's Loving decision legalizing mixed-race marriage--revealing the surprising possibilities for human connection during one of history's most violent conflicts.… (mais)
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Título:Enemies in Love: A German POW, a Black Nurse, and an Unlikely Romance
Autores:Alexis Clark (Autor)
Informação:The New Press (2018), 288 pages
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Elinor, an African American nurse, is stationed at a German POW camp in the Arizona desert. Here, she meets Frederick, a German prisoner, and falls in love with him. After the war they marry and have children. This book combines their story with general facts about the time period and race relations. Unfortunately, the book felt stagnant at times. I wish the author had gone more with a story telling route than the typical non-fiction recital of facts. While their story was interesting, it could have been a more impactful book if it focused purely on the couple. ( )
  JanaRose1 | Dec 6, 2018 |
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I listened to this book which I received from the publisher to review. Much of what I learned was entirely new to me. I did enjoy learning about the African American nurses and how badly they were discriminated against during World War II. The love story of Elinor and Frederick was sweet and their struggles as an interracial couple were compelling. All that said, the story was told in a straightforward, boring style which made me unable to give it more than three stars. The ( )
  dablackwood | Aug 3, 2018 |
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This was a very unusual story that was very well told. I liked it. ( )
  charlottem | Jul 7, 2018 |
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There are so many aspects of history that never make it into history books. Little has been written about the experiences of black women who served as nurses in the military during World War II and even less about the prisoner of war camps that were here in the United States. This book covers both of these subjects, plus telling the story of an African-American nurse who falls in love with a German POW. And finally it tells the story of the challenges a mixed race family had in the America of the 1950's.

Listening to this audio book made me angry at the prejudices of the military, and also of the American people, who relegated black military personnel to second class assignments, and the customs of the country that kept them segregated from the opportunities of normal American life. We should have done better and we still need to do better. ( )
  etxgardener | Jul 2, 2018 |
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I received a book on cd in exchange for an honest review. I did not read the description of the giveaway very closely. Coming from a history of being in an interracial relationship, I just reacted. I am not a history buff and am not a nonfiction reader, so I find myself in uncomfortable position. I am listening to the cd, and will til the end. ( )
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A "New & Noteworthy" selection of The New York Times Book Review "Alexis Clark illuminates a whole corner of unknown World War II history." --Walter Isaacson, New York Times bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci "[A]n irresistible human story. . . . Clark's voice is engaging, and her tale universal." --Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power and American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House A true and deeply moving narrative of forbidden love during World War II and a shocking, hidden history of race on the home front This is a love story like no other: Elinor Powell was an African American nurse in the U.S. military during World War II; Frederick Albert was a soldier in Hitler's army, captured by the Allies and shipped to a prisoner-of-war camp in the Arizona desert. Like most other black nurses, Elinor pulled a second-class assignment, in a dusty, sun-baked--and segregated--Western town. The army figured that the risk of fraternization between black nurses and white German POWs was almost nil. Brought together by unlikely circumstances in a racist world, Elinor and Frederick should have been bitter enemies; but instead, at the height of World War II, they fell in love. Their dramatic story was unearthed by journalist Alexis Clark, who through years of interviews and historical research has pieced together an astounding narrative of race and true love in the cauldron of war. Based on a New York Times story by Clark that drew national attention, Enemies in Love paints a tableau of dreams deferred and of love struggling to survive, twenty-five years before the Supreme Court's Loving decision legalizing mixed-race marriage--revealing the surprising possibilities for human connection during one of history's most violent conflicts.

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