In the Shade of the Olive Tree: Love and Sacrifice During World War II


Christine Grady Gorder lives in Tucson, Arizona. A graduate of the University of Arizona with a BA in Spanish in 1946 and an MA in ESL in 1973—she began her career with the CIA at its inception in 1947. She served at two US Embassies in Latin America and then at CIA headquarters until retiring in 1956. Her second career as an ESL instructor at the UA began in 1973 was interrupted for ten years and then continued until she retired in 1993. Her passion for travel has taken her far and wide. The most memorable trip—a voyage around the world by plane in the 1970s. Her passport is valid until age 100!


“Accompany the author on a spellbinding pilgrimage that spans decades and continents. A testament to the enduring bond that love creates, this book has all the makings of a movie.”

—Catherine Yunt, M.C.

“It is said that we depart from this world twice. The first is on the date of our death, and the second is when our names are no longer said. In her work, In the Shade of the Olive Tree, Christine endeavors to make sure the sacrifice of Ward Sackal is remembered as he sacrifices all his tomorrows for our todays.”

—Scott Desjardins, Superintendent Normandy American Cemetery

In the Shade of the Olive Tree is the true story of young love during the tumultuous era of World War II and the aftermath six decades later. It is a compelling story that will be remembered long after the last page is turned. Here, adventure, tragedy, and poignant moments intertwine to create a fascinating tale. Readers—young and old—will learn of the courage and selflessness of the young men of the war years, as well as the determination of a woman searching for answers.


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