We hope these thought-provoking questions lead to some lively book discussions.
- What was unique about the setting of the book and how did it enhance or take away from the story?
- What similarities did you find between Sesser, Illinois and the town you lived in when you were 15? What were you passionate about at that age?
- What specific themes did the author emphasize throughout the book? What do you think the author is trying to get across to the reader?
- Do any of the people in Playing with the Enemy remind you of yourself or someone you know? Do you find yourself relating personally to any of the people?
- At what point in the story do you feel Gene lost his innocence?
- Who was Gene's "Guardian Angel" and why?
- What are the differences between Gene before Camp Ruston and after Camp Ruston?
- How would you describe the relationship between Ray and Gene?
- What did you find surprising about this story?
- Do you believe Gene ever fully accepted his life without baseball?
- Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?
- Has reading Playing with the Enemy increased your interest in Baseball? World War II? Small town America?
- Did reading Playing with the Enemy lead you to a new understanding or awareness of some aspect of your life you might not have thought about before?
- Will you recommend Playing with the Enemy to others and why?
- Is there a difference between the western German naval POWs of WWII, and the Islamo-Fascist POWs today?
- Why do you think many readers claim that Playing with the Enemy transcends baseball and military history?