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By James Cook

I read a lot of books about the Second World War, especially the struggle on the Eastern front between Russia and Germany. Nothing compares to the ferocity, scope and duration of that struggle. The U.S.A. lost almost 300,000 soldiers in WWII fighting Japan and Germany. The Russians had 12 to 14 million soldiers killed fighting Germany. There are quite a few books and personal accounts written by German soldiers, but not many by Russians. So, I was glad to get a copy of Tank Rider just published this year in the U.S. The author rode tanks from 1943 to 1945 as a 20-year-old lieutenant through some of the fiercest battles in Russia and Germany. He wrote the book years after the war was over, but his memory was still sharp.

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