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"Not until I'm gone," my father-in-law's instructions before publishing his World War II memoir, PVT. RICHARD LEE LESLIE. "I don't want to be reminded in print what I had gone through in the Philippines and the ghosts that continued to haunt me my entire life. Richard Leslie passed away peacefully at his daughter and son-in-law's home on Good Friday, March 29, 2013. Before he died he approved the edited narrative of his war years and lifetime of post-traumatic stress disorder. Book review of Pvt. Richard Lee Leslie by Eagletree This was not a short book, but in less than 24 hours, it was gone. I could not stop reading. It is not at all what I expected. It does have some of the blow by blow accounts of battle that I normally crave in memoirs, but it delivered something far more important to me. This book covers the saga of what war creates for fallout, very reminiscent of my own life experiences with my father and the others in my family who lived during the depression and WWII. My father didn’t suffer as Richard Leslie did in terms of the war itself, his role was easier on a ship, but the impact was still much the same, a life attempting to somehow make what he had experienced and did make sense, and pushing him to his breaking point long after the war had ended. What Roger documented here, must have applied to the observations of many of us baby-boomers who observed the fallout just keep destroying, long after the war had ended. Again, it’s likely not the memoir you are expecting, but it is something I feel is more important in determining the real impact of war, because it starts where the glory ends. I wish each person who so freely calls themselves a patriot would read it, and get a more realistic feel for the price paid by the individuals who actually foot the bill for freedom. It’s not really about foxholes, guns and bombs, it’s about a lifetime of paying that price long after the fact. This book is actually a very important work. My wife, Laurie’s response to Eagletree that Amazon rejected because of her relationship to the author. I wish to thank Eagletree for the insightful review of Pvt. Richard Lee Leslie, who is my father, presently residing on a higher plain of existence. Roger certainly had my father’s trust to give details of his private life, some of which our family hadn’t been aware. Roger recreated Dad’s war related experiences that our family had learned in bits and pieces over the years, but we actually lived through the consequences of his behavior, as Roger painfully describes through my eyes in section two of Dad’s memoir. What the Eagletree review assumed but couldn’t state for sure, I can vouch for: the honesty and accuracy of the presentation of my father’s heart and soul. I want to add one other aspect to Eagletree’s positive review, the skill with which Roger presented the tragic but very human being that is my father. He approached Dad’s memoir from four different points of view, Richard’s in third person, Roger’s and mine in first person, and the war section through Richard’s eyes, strategically closing the memoir like an exclamation point.
bound: 312 pages
publisher: Books and Birch (April 20, 2017)
isbn: 0989358526, 978-0989358521,
weight: 1.2 pounds (