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This collection of interviews with recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the military's highest recognition for valor, will benefit from cross-promotion on the cover of Parade, the Sunday newspaper magazine. Two dozen men from various races and walks of life talk about their battlefield experiences here. All exhibit a marked modesty about receiving their medals, as they uniformly regard their fighting actions as unexceptional under fearsome, noisy, blood-spattered conditions. They emphasize instead the men who didn't survive--a high proportion of Medals of Honor have been conferred posthumously--while expressing mild incredulity at being singled out for distinction. Nevertheless, the do-or-die details Smith induces from his interlocutors convey a quality of bravery beyond, as the citations state, the call of duty--nobody stages a bayonet charge, as Lewis Millett did in Korea, just because he is ordered to. A visceral volume that will arrest readers of military affairs. Gilbert Taylor
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A book of powerful convictions and human values. (Michael Pakenham - Baltimore Sun)
These recollections are the raw stuff of history. They also provide valuable insight into the military, war and courage under fire. (John Whiteclay Chambers II - Washington Post Book World)
I love the book-read it from the library this summer. Bought 2 for Christmas presents and only 1 got delivered. I just had to re-buy and rush shipping in order to get it in time. Read morePublished 9 months ago by mswa girl
This was purchased as a gift and he was thrilled to get it. He has yet to put it down and I am sure he will read it over and over.
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I enjoyed this book for a few good reasons. This book vividly shows accounts of WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam veterans actions that awarded the US military’s highest award The... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kelly corbin
I began reading the book and next thing I know i could not put the book down. Absolutly amazing such detail and in the medal recipients own words makes it even better. Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by dawnwood
This book is fantastic. I'm a military buff and read this on the recommendation of a friend. It covers from WWII to Vietnam and is exclusively about the person that is interviewed. Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by B. Brown
A very interesting book about American heroes from three different wars. Told as the heroes told it makes it seem as if you are there in the room with them having them tell you... Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Buckeye46