Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan was recommended to me by my niece Laura. It is an amazing true story about Pino Lella, a young Italian man who chauffeured a top Nazi general around Italy and neighboring countries during WWII.
Very little has been written about the war in relation to Italy and this incredible tale brings to light not only Lella’s experiences, but those of the Italian people as well. Living under Fascist and Nazi rulers at the same time created chaos for the Italian people. Pino had no interest in the war, but at the urging of his parents, enlisted in the German army before being drafted in effort to gain a job where his life might not be lost in battle. Ironically, he ended-up becoming an undercover agent who reported every move the Nazi general made to the Italian resistance.
Much of this biography is gut-wrenching, but at the same time, awe inspiring. There is no doubt Pino was a hero. His life after the war is just as incredible as during it.
I stayed awake listening to this book for two consecutive nights! What a story! Highly recommended for history fans!
P.S. Many thanks to Laura for leading me to it!