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Mar 26, 2021maipenrai rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
"Based on the true World War II story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris" I hope the facts about the American library have been fact checked as there are glaring errors about WWII. One example: When new of the Pearl Harbor attack is broadcast in Paris. A character asks the questions "Where is Pearl Harbor" "What does kamikaze mean?" Kamikaze flights were a strategy that had pilots crash their planes into American warships - they were suicide missions, They were not used until 1944 near end of WWII when Japan became desperate. The Japanese used dive bombing planes in the Pearl Harbor attack, but no suicide planes were dispatched to crash into the ships. They were distressingly effective without them. When there are errors in historical fact, this undermines faith in the rest of the book..... Toward the end of World War I, when the United States entered the conflict, hundreds of American libraries launched the Library War Service, a massive project to send books to the troops fighting in Europe. By the Armistice, nearly a million and a half books had been sent across the Atlantic to soldiers. Originally known as the American Library Association’s Service for the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) during World War I, the American Library in Paris was formally incorporated in 1920 with a core collection of those wartime books. The outbreak of World War II, and the subsequent German Occupation of France, made it difficult for the Library to continue to provide its services to the population of Paris, especially to French Jews. In spite of the difficult times, the Library did not ultimately close its doors. Under the leadership of director Dorothy M. Reeder, and later through the efforts of the Comtesse de Chambrun, the Library remained active in various capacities throughout the war. I found the book ultimately very interesting. I liked the characters and the story line. Recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby