We Had A Job To Do

These are the types of stories we should be reading in history class

5 out of 5 stars

My grandfather was in World War II, and I was always upset with myself that I never wrote down more of his stories.  This book gives me hope that there are still people out there who have taken the time to talk to these heroes and wrote down their stories.

When I first saw the book I was instantly drawn to it, just due to the nature of it.  I lover hearing/reading stories from the point of view of the people who lived to tell the tale.  Theresa does a great job writing all of the details of their experiences down and collecting them into this great book.

This is a book I think that history classes in the US should have as required reading–well maybe not because even as an avid reader in high school I HATED required reading.  But seriously, if I were a teacher/professor of history I would read some of these stories to my students.  There is just such a value here.

If you are a history nerd, buff, efficianado, etc (which if you are reading this review I assume SOMETHING peaked your interest). Then this book is for you.  If you are just curious to hear stories from people who lived it.  This book is for you.  A few non-fiction books come into my lap from time to time and I usually feel like I learned something or not.  I rarely ever feel “touched,” but this book did that.  I felt connected.  And that’s rare from a non-fiction book.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.





This heartfelt tribute to World War II veterans is history that reads like fiction.

Follow a soldier who fought on Patton’s Third Army and who landed on Omaha Beach at 9.a.m. on D-Day; a female Army Air Forces nurse who made helping veterans her life’s work; a fighter pilot who flew with the African-American unit known as the Tuskegee Airmen and who was on one of the two teams that won the first Top Gun meet after the war; a guard in a top-secret intelligence base outside of Washington, D.C. where top german weapons scientists were interrogated; a female aircraft mechanic who served int he Navy and is still active in veterans affairs seventy years later; a gunner on a B-17 heavy bomber who was shot down and spent fourteen months in German prison camps; an airman in General Curtis LeMay’s 20th Air Force, the unit that dropped the atomic bombs, and more.
Get to know some of the patriots who served in World War II.

The author is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, B.A. (English Literature and Philosophy) and M.A. (Philosophy) and Harvard Law School, J.D. Her mother served in World War II in the U.S. Army, her father served in the war in the U.S. Navy, her maternal uncle served in the war in the British Marines Commandos and fought in Normandy on D-Day, and another maternal uncle was killed in a training accident in Texas while serving in the U.S. Army. Her grandfather was wounded fighting for Britain in World War I.


Theresa AnzalduaTheresa Crumpler was born in Cleveland, Ohio, raised in Detroit, Michigan, and graduated from Detroit Country Day School.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree with a double major, in English Literature and Philosophy, and her Master’s Degree in Philosophy, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she met her future husband.  She practiced law for ten years, working as a corporate litigator in private practice and then as an attorney in the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

For the past several years, Theresa has enjoyed raising her two children, spending time with her husband and two stepchildren and, as her children started school, working as a freelance writer and regular contributor to Seasons Magazines.



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One thought on “Theresa Anzaldua – We Had A Job To Do: World War II Through The Eyes of Those Who Served

  1. Dear Brian, Thank you very much for reading my book and writing the very thoughtful review! I appreciate that you enjoyed the read even though you usually are not a non-fiction fan. I enjoyed checking out your blog. Sincerely yours, Theresa

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