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American Mourning: The Intimate Story of Two Families Joined by War--Torn by Beliefs Hardcover – October 16, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing; Second edition edition (October 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581825404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581825404
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,797,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...a beautiful, raw war story that breaks the heart and strengthens resolve to protect America from her enemies. -- Ann Coulter

...a brilliant social essay of a defining moment in American history. -- New York Post, November 19, 2006

...puts a face on two magnificent heroes whose great deeds and unimaginable sacrifices are all but ignored by the media... -- Mark Levin

I was soon moved to tears by both the Sheehan and Johnson clans... -- James Dalessandro

The truth in this book will set you free. -- Sean Hannity

Their stories illuminate the hell that our servicemen and women face every day... -- Buzz Patterson

About the Author

Catherine Moy is an award-winning journalist who has been honored by prestigious media groups for her work as an investigative reporter, feature writer, columnist, political journalist, business writer, and agricultural reporter. Winner of the Society of Professional Journalists' highest award for public service, she is a freelance journalist and columnist for the Vacaville Reporter. She lives in Solano County, California.

Melanie Morgan is president of Move America Forward, an organization dedicated to supporting our troops in their fight against terrorism. She also cohosts one of the top-rated drive-time shows in one of the largest radio markets in the nation, The Lee Rogers and Melanie Morgan Show on KSFO 560 AM, San Francisco. A frequent guest on Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, and CBS, she also has appeared on the BBC and in newspapers and broadcasts worldwide. She lives in Marin County, California.


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The book is well written and follows history with facts.
Jerry Rosenthal
One can hope that if Sheehan reads this book, she will see herself in the mirror and will look to find the help she so drastically needs.
S. Schock
One soldier, sailor or Marine is worth a hundred like Cindy Sheehan, John Kerry or Ted Kennedy.
Orin F. Schwanke

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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By M. Hughes on October 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
It's about time someone reveal what is really happening with the troops and Iraq. The left would like you to believe this book is NOT about the courageous soldiers fighting for our freedom. They want you to think it is just a hatchett job of Mrs. Sheehan. It is not. Sure, her dirty past is brought up, if only to show that she is a lying hyopocrit. But I doubt those of the left have even read this fine book.

Instead, this book is about two young men who gave the ultimate sacrifice so you and I can read and discuss issues that are illegal in most muslim countries.
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142 of 168 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Wierzbicki on October 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"American Mourning" is a beautiful and poignant story that chronicles the divide in America over the war against terrorism. What makes this book so intriguing is that it personalizes the story by showing how 2 different American families respond to the death of their son. It's a raw and gripping portrayal of how we mourn as a nation, and how our individualism propels us to respond to similar events in such starkly different ways. One mother, Cindy Sheehan, becomes a broken woman when her son, Casey, is killed in a war that his mother never supported. For her it becomes the cruelest form of torture that he should die for a cause she finds to be anything but just. Contrast that to the story of Jan and Joe Johnson, who become greater patriots upon hearing news that their son Justin died. At the age of 46, Joe Johnson went so far as to re-enlist in the U.S. Army and went over to Iraq to fight - to avenge his son's death. But the best part is that the son's of these families, Casey Sheehan and Justin Johnson, become best buddies themselves while in the military. Casey dies just 6 days before Justin in the slums of Sadr City, after being ambushed by terrorist insurgents. Justin is emotionally distraught over the death of his friend. He goes online to post a message of condolence at the memorial page for Casey. It will be one of the last things Justin Johnson writes. 6 days later he himself is killed in that same city where his good friend, Casey was killed. "American Mourning" is an honest story. It shows us both the attributes and failings of both families. That will not sit well with fans of Cindy Sheehan who have idolized this woman and created a false persona of "Mother Sheehan" - a woman of absolute moral authority who can do no wrong.Read more ›
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Maki on October 19, 2006
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I am so grateful as an American to be able to finally read the "other" side of the story. I am so tired of the press labeling these people who degrade our troops as heroes and those of us who fear terroism as "baby killers" and worse. This book gives the reader an opportunity, not normally given in the media, to decipher and judge for themselves. I like having all sides of a story before I decide how to vote, think or speak. What a concept!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Diggs on October 19, 2006
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I am currently working an assignment in Waco, TX. Last year I had the opportunity to visit the site where Cindy and her flock were protesting near the Bush ranch. I could not believe some of the words on the signs and the sides of busses and cars. I thought I was back in the 60s at Berkeley where students who knew nothing about what they were protesting did so because it was the thing to do. I feel sorry for MS. Sheehan and her loss but have lost all respect for her. She has no respect for our troops or their cause. She just wants attention. So Catherine and Melanie your books is GREAT! We finally have the truth in writing and the Libs are going crazy!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jane Austen Fan from VA on October 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As others have said, this is a story of two young men in the United States Army-Casey Sheehan and Justin Johnson. One of these young men was well known but the other was not until this book came out. It is telling that those who have a different point of view from Ms. Sheehan are not known at all and when they do try to speak out are smacked down by the MSM and those on the left who suffer from Bush Derangement Syndrome. I did see Ms. Sheehan when she was in HI, approximately 10 months or so ago. She smacked down a set of parents who felt that she was degrading not only their son's memory but her son's as well. She also said she was losing her patience or something like that with people who didn't agree with her point of view. I know that those who believe she is a saint will trash me and this review but that's okay. That's what this country is all about-free speech (not the lefts view of free speech for me but not for thee).

While I did learn a few things (didn't know she was "recruited", had not heard that Justin's father went into the military; I really can't say the internet porn (supposedly millions are addicted) or the adultry thing was really a big shock. Those who kiss the ground she walks on do not want anything that is negative said or written about her. However, she has introduced herself as a public figure and by doing so cannot escape the fact that people will find the bad as well as the good.

Is it the best book ever written, no but it is an interesting book nonetheless. If one keeps it in the perspective that this story is about two American Soldiers then one can appreciate the book. However, there are many who don't care one wit about anything other than their heroine who does not come out in the best light.
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