James McBride's 'Miracle At Saint Anna' Guest Host Liane Hansen talks with author James McBride about his new book, Miracle at Saint Anna. It is the follow-up to his best selling memoir The Color of Water. But this book is a novel. It follows the fate of four "negro" Buffalo Soldiers, caught behind enemy lines in World War II Italy. The novel also deals with the real life massacre of hundreds of Italian villagers by German S.S. soldiers.