"They had gone into the army expecting Jews to be cowards, Italians to be thieves, Germans to be spies, Poles to be lazy, Irish to be disloyal - but even in the thick of combat they stopped to acknowledge how wrong they had been." (pg 245)
David Laskin writes powerfully at times, although occasionally the whole feels a little uneven. But it's well-researched and a compelling read and reminds us that America is a better nation for the service and sacrifice of those who answered when called. And while the issue of immigration is in the forefront here, Mr. Laskin refrains from editorializing here on today's debate and keeps the focus on the history, letting it speak for itself. Still, it offers some very salient food for thought. And it will probably make you want to thank a veteran for their service.