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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
When I was a kid, World War II movies, books, and TV shows were everywhere. I learned about the war through entertainment media before I was old enough to study it in school. A few years ago, Tom Brokaw wrote a bestseller called The Greatest Generation. And indeed, they may be just that. The men who fought in World War II are slowly but surely, quietly leaving us one by one. That’s why books like Walking to my Promised Land by Worth C. Hampton are important. This is the war, and a large part of his life, told in his own words. I liked it. I hope that I leave something similar for my children to work on and read after I am gone. I’ve read the great action novels about the war. They are good. But nothing has given me the essence of the war through the eyes of an American soldier like Walking to my Promised Land did.
I need to tell you about Worth’s writing style first. It is not classic, literary, poetic, or any other word you might use to describe a good book. I describe Worth’s writing as that of a G.I. with a good high school education. He is literate in areas that are important to regular guys. He describes things in a way that regular guys will relate to. I like that. This is the war from the enlisted man’s point of view. Not General McArthur’s. The things that he pays attention to are the things I pay attention to. And in many cases, we feel exactly the same about them. All the pertinent elements of a good story are here. They are done well. But more importantly, this book captures the essence of Worth C. Hampton and the men of his generation. A great generation indeed.