Monday, March 10, 2014

Nonfiction Monday: Courage Has No Color by Tanya Lee Stone

Nonfiction Monday is a weekly meme in the Kidlitosphere that invites bloggers to read and review a nonfiction book on Monday as a way to promote high-quality nonfiction titles.  For a roundup of all the posts, visit the Nonfiction Monday blog!

Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone

At the start of World War II, African-Americans in the United States military were tasked with fighting against racial prejudice in Nazi Germany while being treated as second-class citizens at home.  At the time, all branches of military service were segregated and most African-Americans were relegated to service jobs - cooks, machinists, etc. - and not permitted to fight on the front lines.

This exceptionally well-researched narrative, which includes photos and interviews with several of the men who served, explores the experiences of the first African-American paratrooper unit, the 555th Paratrooper Infantry Battalion, better known as the the Triple Nickles.

Courage Has No Color was a finalist for the 2014 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.

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