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Heroes Among Us [Kindle Edition]

John Quinones
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Heroes Among Us reminds us all of the courage and dignity it takes to stand up for oneself and those around us. By chronicling such bravery, John Quiñones captures America's can-do spirit and shows that through the slightest good deed, each one of us harbors a hero within.

Texas native and veteran ABC journalist John Quiñones has traveled the world and the country reporting on hundreds of stories during his illustrious career. Long ago he realized that the stories he was most attracted to had one thing in common—a shared focus on the goodness inherent in ordinary Americans.

According to John, truly heroic individuals are people who make difficult choices, even in the face of danger, without giving in to fear. They don't expect fame or money for their efforts—they're just doing the right thing. They are compassionate and courageous, and our world would be a far worse place without them. They rarely get the recognition they deserve.

Heroes Among Us means to change that.

Along with reporting the many stories of heroes he's met, John also shares his own touching personal narrative of his rise from humble roots as the son of a laborer and a house cleaner to his life as a network anchor. His is one of the most American of stories.

Heroes Among Us, in its stories of selflessness, strength and bravery, offers inspiration, ultimately challenging each of us to learn from the great deeds of our neighbors and, in turn, to follow in that same heroic spirit.

This is a book to cherish, one whose wisdom will be felt for years to come.

Editorial Reviews


“John Quinones has spent his career in the heart and sinew of America. The book makes you a promise—that courage, humanity, generosity triumph—that all of us can walk in the footsteps of heroes and learn about bravery, joy, hope, and life lived to the fullest.”


"John Quinones has spent his career in the heart and sinew of America. The book makes you a promise-that courage, humanity, generosity triumph-that all of us can walk in the footsteps of heroes and learn about bravery, joy, hope, and life lived to the fullest." (Diane Sawyer )

Product Details

  • File Size: 241 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061733601
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (October 6, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLL3CO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #987,620 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! February 18, 2009
The stories in this book are inspiring and awesome. With all the bad news the public is subjected to, I got such a positive feeling reading about all the goodness around us. It is true that adversity can result in heroism. I've watched the TV show on ABC "What Would You Do?" and continue to marvel at the caring nature in all of us. Kudos to John Quinones for bringing this to light!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read! February 8, 2009
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John Quinones' book is a "Must-Read" for everyone! What an inspiration he is , and can be to everyone in this nation! He is a great "Hero", because he recognizes the potential for "heroism" in everyone of us....
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Veteran reporter John Quinones has distilled from his many years of journalistic experience stories of people he has encountered whose goodness far exceeds anyone's expectations. One might assume that a journalist who has covered wars and all other manner of horrifying situations (such as Hurricane Katrina) naturally would be jaded and cynical. Such is not the case with Quinones, though he is no Pollyanna. He has learned to look for the good in people and has repeatedly found it.

Quinones's first unsung hero is his mother. A sixth-generation American who grew up in the barrio of San Antonio's west side, he was taught the values of working hard, doing the right thing, respecting oneself and others, and believing in the innate decency of people.

He believes that true heroes are often the quiet, unknown folks who rise to meet an unexpected crisis. Such a person might put himself or herself at risk while assisting a total stranger. These seemingly ordinary people do not seek publicity or expect financial gain when they step out of their comfort zone and step up to be of assistance. Often these silent heroes receive no recognition at all, even though they deserve it.

While Quinones does list among his heroes such well-known individuals as Christa McAuliffe, Todd Beamer and Harvey Milk --- and includes vignettes of their lives --- the stories he chronicles concern people we otherwise never would know about. An example is Shannon Allen, a school principal who confronted a deranged gunman who threatened her students. Where did she get the courage, the ability, the sheer nerve? "Pure instinct" is her only explanation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! February 10, 2014
By kimball
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Loved this inspiring book. John Quinones' writing style is superb and very accessible. Nothing about this book did I dislike. I'd recommend it to everyone.
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