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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
I must be honest. I teared up multiple times while reading Semper Anticus. But not for the usual reasons. There were many dramatic details worthy of tears, but they didn't move me like that. I cried as I realized how much Rita Kirchgassner must have loved her father in honor him with this monumental achievement. This is how history should be written, out of love and in memory of those who are gone and what they accomplished. This is why history should be written; to pass on precious memories to descendants who otherwise would not know just how much their ancestors endured and accomplished. This is not a work of fiction. This is history. This is American history and world history and family history. In my humble opinion, it is the most effective type of history because it is researched so well. When I sat down to read Semper Anticus, I did not know what to expect but the page count was a little daunting. I’m more of a fiction guy and I thought Semper Anticus might not be a good fit for me. But I was wrong.
Semper Anticus is well written and very well researched. If you like history in general and American history in particular, I think you will love this book. If you are at all interested in World War II, particularly the European theater, you will love this book. I am in awe of the amount of research and attention to detail that went into creating this book. There are copies of government records, newspaper clippings and quotes from history that give Semper Anticus an authenticity that I have rarely seen outside the classroom. Not everyone will love this book, but I certainly did. Rita Kirchgassner, as a veteran, and an American, and a father, I salute you.