Thought I'd read enough about WW2, but this book looks at the war in Italy, during the Nazi occupation, as told from the perspective of a 17 year old boy, a real, and reluctant hero. Six decades after the war Pino Lella agrees to tell his story to Mark Sullivan. Based on a decade of research, including Sullivan's five trips to the region, long interviews with the elderly Lella, hikes in the spectacular settings, interviews with other survivors, historians, family and friends of Pino. Sullivan tries to piece together the story, but records were destroyed, and many italians wanted to forget. So this book is, in Sullivan's words, "A novel of biographical and historical fiction that hews closely to what happened to Pino Lella between June 1943 and May 1945." The result is extraordinary. A story of courage against all odds, and a story of hope. Retold by a word-master. A fascinating read.