by Leonard Pitts
“The Last Thing You Surrender: A Novel of World War II” is impressive research into a compelling tale of America at war. The Last Thing You Surrender is written by the author Leonard Pitts. Leonard is the author of the novels Grant Park, Freeman, and Before I Forget, as well as two works of nonfiction. He is a nationally syndicated columnist for the Miami Herald and winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. In this book, the author will show how race relations in America have not advanced much.
This book has a love story, a human story, a story of war and peace, and it is a story of love, pain, and sorrows that pass between a parent and child, sister and brotherhood. Additionally, it is the story of what is learned and lost between forces of good and evil. A black man who saw his parents brutally lynched is conscripted to fight Nazis for a country and they discover a new kind of patriotism. Leonard’s unique style and beautiful writing style are very evident throughout the reading. To sum it up, The Last Thing You Surrender is a great military history fiction book.