ZigZag Pass is a memoir of the author s chilling experiences as a teenage Infantryman in battles in the Philippines during World War II and later with the Army of Occupation in Japan. Interwoven is a love story. When he returned home to the girl he left behind, they married as soon as he turned 21. They had two children and farmed in Indiana until he was 30, when his wife convinced him to sell the farm business and enter Purdue University as a freshman. He and his wife both earned doctorates. They were drawn to careers that relieved hunger and poverty in many countries. The author attributes their climb to the world stage to his being fascinated by cultures in The Philippines and Japan that differed from those he had grown up with in the Midwest of the United States. The book offers a challenge to young people to set their sights high, to reach for the stars. Leon Hesser, the author, is an award-winning author of nonfiction books, including the best-selling biography of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Norman Borlaug: The Man Who Fed the World.
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Leon Hesser went from being an Indiana farm boy, he actually operated his own farm business until he was 30, to the world stage where he helped alleviate global hunger. Then, in retirement, he started writing books. From 1966 to 1973, Hesser was Foreign Service Officer in Pakistan, where he directed U.S. programs to help increase food production in that hungry nation. From there he went to State Department in Washington, DC, where he directed worldwide programs to increase food production in developing countries. Following early retirement from State Department, he consulted in twenty countries of Asia, Africa and the former Soviet Union. Hesser, who has a Ph.D. from Purdue University, retired in 2000 to sunny Naples, Florida, where he has written four books. He and his wife Florence celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary in August 2008. They have a son, daughter, and four granddaughters.Review:
A compelling account of a young infantryman's experiences in combat in the South Pacific during World War II. His later work as a combat medic provides insight into what was and still is one of the most difficult and dangerous jobs in war. Readers also will find interesting the story of his boyhood days on an Indiana farm and his return to 'the girl he left behing' at war's end. --Dick Stodghill, author of Normandy 1944
I loved reading ZigZag Pass. It was great! I related to so much of it. --Peter Thomas, Oscar-winning radio and TV narrator
I finished your memoir ... It is terrific! I wish I had learned WW2 history in that way. ... ZigZag Pass definitely will appeal to teens. If I were an 11th or 12th grade history teacher, I would use your book as required reading. --Jane Kiester, author of books for children and youth
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Descripción Bavender House Press, 2008. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P11061519852X