Margaret (Peggy) Allyn Greene Best is a genealogist and local author. She has written Unsung Hero, in honor and memory of her father, Major Albert V. Greene, and as a way of preserving her family history – something many serious genealogists do. Unsung Hero won 2nd place in the adult biography genre of the 2018 competition for The Royal Palm Literary Award, the flagship writing competition of the Florida Writers Association.
Unsung Hero is written in three sections. The first is a memoir written by her father describing his experiences as a soldier and a POW during World War II. The second is Ms. Best’s biography of her father, and the shared history of her family’s immigration to the U.S. in the late 1800s. The third is composed of family memories as written by Peggy Best, Keith Best, Brian Best, and the eulogy for Major Greene delivered by his son, Michael Green.
Ms. Best describes how the two sides of her family immigrated to the U.S. from Ireland and Germany in the late 1800s. She shares stories of her family, and her father’s memories as told to her. Included at the back of the book is a “World War II Glossary”. Many of the words and expressions, such as “GI” “MIA”, and “HQ” are known by most people. Many, however, are not; and those were helpful to me in reading the book.
Major Albert V. Greene (1924 – 2009) was captured by Germans, and sent to a German prisoner of war camp in Italy. He later served in the Korean War and in Vietnam.
Although Major Greene began his career as a high school drop-out, he ended with a master’s degree. He quit every job he ever had, and gave his children this advice: “If what you’re doing doesn’t feel right, stop!”
Someday I hope to document my family history in a book that will be useful to genealogists, both current and future. I can only hope it will be as good as this one.
What Makes This Book Reviewer Grumpy?
The usual things, some computer-induced, some simple oversights. The book is already published, but the errors I found have been corrected for any future editions that may be published. What I found were the common mistakes that we all make:
- missing commas;
- missing capitalization;
- missing space between words;
- misplacement of the word “only” within sentences.