The Other Side of Infamy: My Journey through Pearl Harbor and the World of War by Jim Downing and James Lund is absolutely terrific, and I highly recommend it to everyone.
Once I got a couple of chapters into the book, I had a tough time putting it down. Jim's life is fascinating, and the book is well written, so you really feel drawn in.
My high school senior is studying 20th Century for history this year, and we have just gotten through World War I. I plan that once we hit World War II, he will be reading this book.
It is far more than just a war memoir. Jim was constantly doing things to be reaching others for Jesus, including the weekend of Pearl Harbor. Reading about all these major events from the point of view of one very small player in the whole drama was interesting enough, but reading how he was trying to act as Christ's representative in the midst of all of this drama made it so much more fascinating.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers. No other compensation was received. The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review.