Thursday, February 23, 2023

Today's read... Men of the 65th by Talia Aikens-Nunez

It's history time! Today's read hits a little-known historical event...something I always love to see...and presents it to young adults. At 130+ pages, it isn't overly long and will be one for WWII classes (and those who are interested in the subject). I'm betting even homeschoolers can use this to add some new aspects to the topic. But let's just take a look and see.

The Borinqueneers of the Korean War
by Talia Aikens-Nunez
Zest Books
Young Adult Nonfiction
136 pages

MAY 2nd!!!

Since the regiment’s creation in 1899, the men of the 65th have proudly served the US through multiple wars, despite facing racial discrimination. Their courage, loyalty, and patriotism earned them hundreds of accolades, including the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2014.

But the honor and fidelity of the men of the 65th came into question in 1952, in the midst of the Korean War, when ninety-one Borinqueneers were arrested and tried for desertion and disobeying orders. How could this happen in one of the most distinguished and decorated units of the Army?

In this telling of one of the forgotten stories of the Korean War, author Talia Aikens-Nuñez guides us through the history of the Borinqueneers and the challenges they faced leading up to what was the largest court martial in the entire war. Rediscover the bravery of the men of the 65th through Aikens-Nuñez’s thorough writing and the soldiers’ firsthand accounts of the Korean War.



History comes to life and becomes understandable in this intriguing dive into the 65th Regiment in Puerto Rico.

This book covers the history, events, situations, and people surrounding the 65th Regiment in Puerto Rico. While it does, also, cover the events leading up to as well as the court martial surrounding the incidents of the Korean War, the author takes care to cover the history, interesting facts, and unique details, which made the 65th Regiment what it was. This gives the needed base and background to understand and sympathize with the individuals involved, especially when realizing how every situation built and worked up to the court martial and beyond.

The author has taken obvious care in the research and brings across the information clearly. At the same time, everything is written in an easy to read and digest manner. There are quite a few photographs, which always help the reader understand and connect with the, it shows the personal side, which is one of the main driving factors when considering the court martial and its impacts. This also hits modern themes of inclusion and race as it shows how and why views and opinions formed and, sometimes, changed over time.

This is a wonderful read for anyone wanting to learn more about the 65th Regiment and its history. It offers quite a bit of information, background, and insights, and does all of this without bogging down.

And here she is...

Talia Aikens-Nunez writes chapter books, picture books, and nonfiction for children. Her daughter inspired her to write her OMG series of books about an accidental little witch. She and her husband live on a river in Connecticut with their daughter and son.

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