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Medal of Honor: Profiles of America's Military Heroes From the Civil War to the Present Paperback – May 14, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0786885763 ISBN-10: 0786885769 Edition: Reprint

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; Reprint edition (May 14, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786885769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786885763
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this lively account, Mikaelian traces the history of the Medal of Honor, the highest military distinction awarded in the United States, and the lives of several of those who have earned it in the years since it was established by President Lincoln during the Civil War. He focuses not only on their heroic feats, but also on what became of them in the wake of their deeds and the honor the medal earned them. This recording is augmented by readings by Wallace, who tells of his own wartime experiences and supplies historical context with the same timbre and excellent gift for timing and dramatic buildup that many will recognize from his work on 60 Minutes. The stories themselves are read by a rotation of three other readers, although Chase, Culp and McLarty have very similar voices and approaches. While their performances get the job done, they somewhat pale when juxtaposed with that of Wallace, and their tone and style occasionally bring to mind educational films from high school history class. The production that accompanies them is pronounced, but not over the top. It doesn't include bugle calls or the muffled clap of cavalry, but it doesn't shy away from the occasional drum roll or a few bars of "When Johnny Came Marching Home," either. Above all, though, the engrossing stories themselves will keep listeners engaged if not fascinated. Based on the Hyperion hardcover.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"We Americans have gone off to war in a spirit of optimism that had little to do with the reality we would soon have to face."—Mike Wallace

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It is a very informative book.
Jim Francis
This book definitely has some value, but unless your polical views are a little far to the left, you may get a bit irritated at the political rhetoric.
Lt Col L. P. Hammack
I hate to admit this, I would like to have seen historical pictures of the CMH and its recipients.
John J. Hamilton

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jack D. Brownlee on August 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A fascinating collection of stories based around 11 individual Americans prestigiously awarded the Medal of Honor. This is a light and fast paced read. Each story is adequately detailed and very interesting.
I thought the book had enough merits on it's own without Mike Wallace's commentary. In other words...Mike's contribution added no value to the book in my opinion. I would like to see the author write another book covering another dozen or so MOH awardees in a future volume, and perhaps follow up with additional volumes after that.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brady L. Buchanan on September 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Like everything else in life, this book tells about sad times and happy times due to the fact that a military man was awarded the highest honor for valor this nation offers. This book gives descriptions of the battle event that was reponsible for the medal for a number of veterans from the Civil War through Viet Nam. The writing is interesting and points out what some men are capable of when their back is against the wall. If you like war stories, this is a winner.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't wait to read this book. Any book which honors the actions of our veterans is a "must read" for me. But I was greatly disappointed by this work. While I enjoyed Mr. Wallace's introductory essays, I was confused by the politically correct agenda he presented in the selection of some those who earned the Medal of Honor. Also, Mr. Mikaelian's prose is awkward and laborious: I didn't think it possible to take such incredible acts of bravery and make them almost tedious, but this is exactly what happens here. Spend your valuable time reading well-written books like "Flags of Our Fathers" or "Ghost Soldiers," which give proper homage to the legacy of American heroes. Mikaelian's book does not do them justice.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lt Col L. P. Hammack on February 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I've spent the last 20+ years in the military and I really enjoy reading about our military heroes. But, it bothers me when someone uses the military to espouse their political ideology. I don't know anything about Allen Mikaelian, but I'd guess he was very unhappy with the presidential election in 2000 and felt he needed to do something. The author selectively picks recipients that provide a positive image of the left wing and a negative image of the right wing. There is nothing wrong with highlighting minority or women recipients. I think that is great and much needed, but the author should have been up front with the title and foreword and should have left out the political propaganda. Instead he covertly gives the impression that these 11 individuals represent your typical CMH recipient, both historically and politically. This book definitely has some value, but unless your polical views are a little far to the left, you may get a bit irritated at the political rhetoric.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
When I orginally purchased this book, I was excited thinking this book covered every one of the medal of honor winners "From the civil war to the present". To my suprise, it only covered the men who earned this medal if there was enough information about there whole life. Of the few who's stories are in the book, it was interesting and surprising to read how there childhood, military, and post military (if they survived) life was. Also in the book, the author did mention some of the names of other award winners if they were present during the same battle. Over all I was disappointed with buying this book. If you are looking for a book on medal of honor winners that have there whole life story, and only a few at that, this book may interest you. My suggestion is to either read it at a library, or wait til the price is $$$$!! I would not buy this book again; I will not read this book again!! If you are looking for WWII medal of honor winners a really super good book is " Heroes of WWII" by Edward F. Murphy
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I orginally purchased this book thinking it covered all medal of honors winners. To my disappointment, it details only a very few. This book covers only a select few of the medal of honor winners who's life story could be told. Of the men mentioned in the book, it is interesting. It talks about their childhood, what they did in the service, and what they did once out of the service. If you are looking for a little different angle on a few medal of honor winners, then this is your book. If you desire information on all of the medal of honor winners then look elsewhere.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Culpeper on June 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I would like to congratulate Mr. Mikaelian for writing a fine book on such a noble topic. Nevertheless, Mr. Makaelian did not need to use the meaningless running commentaries by Mike Wallace to make the book more informative or even enjoyable. Mr. Wallace's commentaries appear to have been written in great haste, evident by the shear number of facts Mr. Wallace got wrong. Mr. Wallace is a shameful opportunist if he receives one red dime for his contribution to this book. Mr. Wallace should stick to yelling at little kids that run across his path while he's on camera at Disney Land.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M Quigg VINE VOICE on January 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Short biographies of 10 men and 1 woman who won this famous award and the lives they lived. Mikaelian selected only people who lived through their ordeal, and then reviewed their life stories after their heroic actions. For the most part, these men went back to living undistinguished lives. The author also details other MOH winners, along with these 11 individuals.

The best story is about a Medal of Honor winner in the Eighth Air Force during WWII. Snuffy was an interesting character to say the list. His advocacy of a medicinal cream called Firmo was a real laugh.

This was an OK read, and I got some insight into the military award process. I am not sure why Mike Wallace needed to contribute anything to this book. I guess the Publishers wanted a high name person attached to this book to boost sales. Wallace's contribution was little, and his writing should not have appeared in the book.
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