The Last Thing You Surrender: A Novel of World War II (Paperback)

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What you have here is a historical novel that will challenge your perceptions and everyone who reads this will experience it in a different way. The time span is short - WWII in Mobile, Alabama - but encompasses so much more. It touches on issues so tangential you might ask "why?" until you learn why.

Best of all, it's extremely readable. Don't let the heft dissuade you- once you start, the pages will fly like the wind.

— Pete


Could you find the courage to do what's right in a world on fire?

Pulitzer-winning journalist and bestselling novelist (Freeman) Leonard Pitts, Jr.'s new historical page-turner is a great American tale of race and war, following three characters from the Jim Crow South as they face the enormous changes World War II triggers in the United States.

An affluent white marine survives Pearl Harbor at the cost of a black messman's life only to be sent, wracked with guilt, to the Pacific and taken prisoner by the Japanese . . . a young black woman, widowed by the same events at Pearl, finds unexpected opportunity and a dangerous friendship in a segregated Alabama shipyard feeding the war . . . a black man, who as a child saw his parents brutally lynched, is conscripted to fight Nazis for a country he despises and discovers a new kind of patriotism in the all-black 761st Tank Battalion.

Set against a backdrop of violent racial conflict on both the front lines and the home front, The Last Thing You Surrender explores the powerful moral struggles of individuals from a divided nation. What does it take to change someone's mind about race? What does it take for a country and a people to move forward, transformed?

About the Author

Leonard Pitts, Jr., is the author of the novels Grant Park, Freeman, and Before I Forget, as well as two works of nonfiction. He is a nationally syndicated columnist for the Miami Herald and winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, in addition to many other awards. Born and raised in Southern California, Pitts lives in Maryland outside Washington, DC.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781572842458
ISBN-10: 1572842458
Publisher: Agate Bolden
Publication Date: February 5th, 2019
Pages: 464
Language: English