For the Cause

The Cold War Turns Hot in Korea and Why Young Men Went to War

Fiction - Military
300 Pages
Reviewed on 01/24/2014
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Author Biography

Alfred Wellnitz grew up in rural South Dakota, served in the United States Navy and worked in technology as an electrical engineer. After retiring from engineering he worked as a real estate agent before deciding to become an author at age seventy-three. He has since published three novels and numerous short stories. Alfred's first novel Finding the Way was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 13th Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Awards and PushBack was a finalist in the ForeWord Reviews' Book of the Year Awards. Alfred now lives with his wife Joan in Bloomington Minnsota

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Reviewed by April Gilly for Readers' Favorite

For the Cause: The Cold War Gets Hot in Korea and Why Young Men Went to War by Alfred Wellnitz is about two young men from South Dakota who join the marines because they don't really know what else to do with their lives. Chris joins first and Pete joins shortly after. They attend basic training at the same time but then part ways when Pete is sent to Sangley Point in the Philippines and Chris is sent to Korea. Through Pete's eyes you see the life of a marine stationed away from the action. Pete grows and learns and starts to plan his future while Chris is dodging bullets and just trying to stay alive. Through Chris's eyes you see what it was like to be on the front lines. During everything he's going through, Chris plans his life and because of Chris's planning, Pete starts thinking of his future, too.

For the Cause is an amazing book. Alfred Wellnitz describes the scenery and puts you there with Chris and Pete. For the Cause shows what marines went through, both those stationed away from the action and those on the front lines. I got to see a side of war that I wouldn't get to see and got to do it in an enjoyable way. Alfred Wellnitz includes pictures and maps that help you visualize everything that goes on in the book and allows you to see the routes Chris took in Korea.