The Lost Eleven: The Forgotten Story of Black American Soldiers Brutally Massacred in World War II
I can now officially announce the forthcoming narrative nonfiction novel I coauthored with Denise George over the past year. It is my first major publishing house release (Random House / Penguin) and it went on pre-sale just a few days ago. The official release date is February 7, 2017.
The story is based in part on the film I wrote and directed for the Ardennes Group and National Geographic, The Wereth Eleven. However this book brings in so much more that the film could not.
The story begins at the outset of Hitler's planning of the Ardennes Offensive. Then we travel back with the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion to Camp Gruber, OK and their early grueling training on the 155mm howitzer. This is not a dry history text book but a riveting story with dialog and vivid scenes which bring the tale of the Wereth Eleven to life. My coauthor and I believe the feel of the story is similar to the Civil War film, Glory. It also matches the well with Band of Brothers. That series of course followed "Easy Company" from their early stateside training into their deployment in the ETO.
I encourage you to check out the pre-order on Amazon and look more into the book at Penguin's website. It is available to order right now on Amazon and other outlets and I hope you will check it out.
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