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Ordinary Heroes by Scott Turow
In Ordinary Heroes, Stewart Dubinsky is a middle-aged journalist who comes across some letters that allude to his recently deceased father's court martial at the end of World War II. His father was a lawyer in the army, and never mentioned the episode while he was alive. Stewart finds his father's lawyer has the documents for his case, and he reconstructs his father's role at the end of the war. His father was charged with allowing a renegade OSS intelligence officer to escape from custody. Not only did he not arrest the officer, but he joined in a raid on an ammunition dump and ended up playing a central role during the Battle of the Bulge. He comes to understand the difficult decisions that must be made during wartime, when rational thinking and morality become relative concepts. Scott Turow's novel has received mostly positive reviews with the Chicago Sun-Times saying, "But what's wonderful about this book is that Turow brings us the Greatest Generation with a sensitivity to the moral ambiguities of the period lost in the typical hagiographies of World War II heroes."