Into Dust and Fire by Rachel Cox

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A unique take on the war, from the point of view of the young, idealistic and foolhardy.


“A moving, beautifully-written tale… Rachel Cox has produced a masterpiece of storytelling, infused with romance, danger, adventure, humor, and heartbreaking loss. It is, hands down, the best description of the transformation of untested young men into soldiers that I have ever read.” — Lynne Olson, New York Times Bestselling Author of Those Angry Days
The untold story of five young American friends who left the ivory towers at Harvard and Dartmouth to take on Rommel's Panzers under the blazing sun of North Africa…
In the spring of 1941, with Europe consumed by war and occupation, Britain stood alone against the Nazi menace. The United States remained wary of joining the costly and destructive conflict. But for five extraordinary young Americans, the global threat of fascism was too great to ignore.
Six months before Pearl Harbor, these courageous idealists left their promising futures behind to join the beleaguered British Army. Fighting as foreigners, they were shipped off to join the Desert Rats, the 7th Armoured Division of the British Eighth Army, who were battling Field Marshal Rommel’s panzer division. The Yanks would lead antitank and machine-gun platoons into combat at the Second Battle of El Alamein, the twelve-day epic of tank warfare that would ultimately turn the tide for the Allies.
A fitting tribute to five men whose commitment to freedom transcended national boundaries, Into Dust and Fire is a gripping true tale of idealism, courage, camaraderie, sacrifice, and heroism.


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About Rachel Cox

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Rachel S. Cox is a contributing writer for CQ Researcher, the award-winning weekly magazine published by Congressional Quarterly, and has published articles in The Washington Post. This is her first book.
Published April 3, 2012 by NAL. 352 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Mar 01 2012

A unique take on the war, from the point of view of the young, idealistic and foolhardy.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Reviewed by James Percoco

Journalist Rachel Cox not only uncovered the story of her uncle, but she has illuminated the lives of five young friends who entered harm’s way before they had to.

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History Book Club


In sum, what might have been an exercise in family nostalgia merits serious attention for its contributions to still-undeveloped areas of World War II history.

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