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Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite
Tom McAuliffe knows how to pack a page with information. Nuts! The Life & Times of General Tony McAuliffe is short in length but long in story. General McAuliffe is an outstanding general who served in World Wars I and II and in the Korean Conflict. His contributions to military weaponry are immense. His tactical ability, especially as seen in World War II, is unsurpassed. Bringing his men through the siege of Bastogne is the material legends are made from. While in research and development, he helped develop the weapons that led to victory: the bazooka, M1, jeep, etc. The general is probably one of the least remembered greats of WWII. After reading this book, you will remember and move him up in your mind as to the genuinely great general he was. He was the type of leader that said, “Come on, guys, let’s go do it together.”
Everyone likes Ike. Who doesn’t know Patton? Does anyone not know of MacArthur? But the name McAuliffe is seldom mentioned and often just rings a dull bell. However, Nuts! The Life & Times of General Tony McAuliffe by Tom McAuliffe brings to life the outstanding military service of General McAuliffe. A few may remember the one-word reply he gave the Germans when they offered terms of surrender to him and his men encircled at Bastogne. His response was a simple, “Nuts.” You will love this book even if you are not a WWII or history buff. Tom pours his heart into telling the story of McAuliffe. Each page beckons for you to keep reading and see what happens next. After you read this book, you will scratch your head and ask, “Why isn’t there more written about this great American hero?” General McAuliffe lived in humility and would be embarrassed if people made a fuss over his memory. Still, I believe more about his life and service needs to be mentioned.