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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions; 1 edition (May 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439165505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439165508
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #913,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of Poland's great treasures has now been found. Richard Cosby and his Resistance comrades are true heroes in our historic fight for freedom. Without their courage, Solidarity would never have won its final battle."
—Lech Walesa, Former President of Poland

"This is an incredible story of survival and sheer courage."
—General Tommy Franks, U.S. Army (Ret.), Former Commander, U.S. Central Command

“QUIET HERO is an intensely captivating and inspiring story of a daughter uncovering her father’s past…a wonderful and riveting story of a daughter finally getting to know her father. Reading it reminds me of my first visit to Poland in 1964 with my parents. We were overwhelmed with the enthusiastic response of the Polish people. Rita’s book captures the passion of her Polish heritage with verve and love.”
—Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, Daughter of Robert F, Kennedy

"A beautiful tribute to the strength of the human spirit."
—Dr. Henry Kissinger, Former Secretary of State

"Rita's story is one that will touch every family. . . . A loving, poignant tribute to her POW father and freedom."
—Senator John McCain

"Rita Cosby's compelling book captures an important part of history. In its intimately personal way, Quiet Hero honors those, like her father, who fought valiantly and often anonymously against true evil."
- David Harris, Executive Director, AJC (American Jewish Committee)

About the Author

RITA COSBY is a renowned TV host and veteran correspondent, who anchored highly-rated primetime shows on Fox News Channel and MSNBC.  She is currently a special correspondent for the top-rated CBS syndicated newsmagazine, Inside Edition.  Honors for the three-time Emmy winner include the Matrix Award and the Jack Anderson Award.  She was also selected by Cosmopolitan Magazine as a "Fun and Fearless Female."  A recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Lech Walesa Freedom Award, she hosts the National Memorial Day Parade broadcast to all US military installations around the world and has become a key spokeperson for troops and their families suffering from PTSD. Because of her "extraordinary journalism and exemplary service on behalf of her community," October 11th, 2010 was officially named "Rita Cosby Day" in the State of New York. Her first book, Blonde Ambition, was a New York Times bestseller. For more information, visit www.quiethero.org.

More About the Author

Rita Cosby is a renowned TV host and veteran correspondent, who anchored highly-rated primetime shows on Fox News Channel and MSNBC. She is currently a special correspondent for the top-rated CBS Syndicated Newsmagazine, Inside Edition. Honors for the three-time Emmy winner include the Matrix Award and the Jack Anderson Award. She was also selected by Cosmopolitan Magazine as a "Fun and Fearless Female." A recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Lech Walesa Freedom Award, she hosts the National Memorial Day Parade broadcast to all US military installations around the world. Her first book, Blonde Ambition, was a New York Times bestseller.

Through her book QUIET HERO, Rita Cosby is partnering with the USO on a massive, new campaign called Operation Enduring Care, which will help wounded warriors and their families. Book proceeds will go towards this $100 million initiative, as well as two museums in Poland, the Warsaw Rising Museum and The Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which is being built where the Warsaw Ghetto once stood.

Customer Reviews

I encourage EVERYONE to read this book!!!
Janene C Spurgeon
Fiction is great, but this is an amazing story that is poignant, terrifying, and true.
G.I Gurdjieff
I couldn't put this book down and stayed up all night reading it.
Angelboys22

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By In 2 Design on May 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Journalist Rita Cosby tells the story of her father's heroic past -- a past she never knew -- and it is, at once, a great historical account of her dad's youth fighting the Nazi's during WWII, but also a story of a daughter finally getting to know her father.

It starts with Rita's discovery, after her mother's death, of a tattered suitcase filled with mysterious mementos from war including a Polish resistance armband, rusted dog tags, and a POW identity card with the name Ryszard Kossobudzki. It ends with an emotional journey the father and daughter take back to Poland. In between, the story is sometimes harrowing, but beautifully told.

This book has inspired me to ask questions of my own family's past. Highly recommended...and a great Father's Day gift.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Angelboys22 on May 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I started reading this book last night and fell in love with it at the very first page! Rita Cosby is the kind of author that really knows how to hook her readers with clear, concise writing full of raw emotion. She takes you on her journey and draws you in. I couldn't put this book down and stayed up all night reading it. I highly recommend this treasure for anyone - it's amazing!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By G.I Gurdjieff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a reader, I had a hard time putting this book down. This is the story of fate intervening in the form of a daughter looking through her recently deceased mother's papers and discovering that her father was possibly not the person she always thought she knew. Cosby's parents divorced when Cosby was a presumably a teenager. While her father moved on with his life with a remarriage and another child, Cosby's mother never stopped loving her (ex)husband. Over the years, Cosby and her father were estranged and seemingly that chasm had widened by the time of her mother's death. Fortunately for Cosby and her readers, her discovery didn't result in a 'my daddy was an axe murderer' yarn. Her father's secret life was an incredible tale of great sacrifice and her father really was a
'quiet hero'.
With her journalist's eye for a story, Rita Cosby has taken her reader along on her journey of reconciliation and revelation regarding her father's early life as a barely teenaged resistance fighter initially distributing anti-nazi materials within a couple of blocks of the Warsaw ghetto to full-blown member of the polish resistance movement during WWII. Eventually her father is captured by the nazis and installed in an internment camp where his body is broken, but his spirit survives. Cosby goes back to Poland with her father and relates his experiences and sees him reunited with long separated friends over sixty years later.
This beautifully written book is a touching tribute to the father Cosby never really knew but fortunately found. Fiction is great, but this is an amazing story that is poignant, terrifying, and true.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By W. T. Smith Jr. on May 18, 2010
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Rita Cosby has scored a touchdown (pardon the cliche) with this book, which accomplishes several things beyond just being a great father-daughter story. This book sheds light on a marginally told story of Poland's war during WWII, and it is a superb narrative-documentary of partisan warfare. This is a book for everyone.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ken Warki on October 5, 2010
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This book is a Rare Find, it goes beyond the history book telling of facts and figures. It is a upclose and very personal view of one's raw courage and instincts when experiencing gruesome deadly combat. Rarely do combat books show the personel tragedy and sacrafice sustained by combattants and how their lives are altered forever. This book does that and more, it show the resilence and fortitude of the human spirit. And the tragedy of many soldiers, being betrayed by almost everyone. I should know, I was a SF Medic during Vietnam and my father was captured during the Battle of the Bulge, and escaped Stalag IVB in April of 45. This book will answer many questions for the families of combat Vets, and hopefully heal many souls.
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Instead of repeating other reviewers, I focus on matters of direct historical significance. This is based on the testimony of Ryszard Kossobudzki (later Anglicized to Cosby), as interviewed by Rita Cosby, his journalist daughter.

The young "Rys" (short for Ryszard, the Polish for Richard) went through the 1939 German-Soviet conquest of Poland. He described the carnage he saw. Then things only got worse. Ryszard comments: "While the general Polish population was not as actively persecuted as the Jews, times were still hard under the occupation. German soldiers treated the Poles like animals, and supplies were stringently rationed... [Non-Volksdeutsche]...were forced to trade on a newly emergent black market for their survival." (p. 48).

The Polish intelligentsia (notably the politicians, teachers, priests, artists, etc.) were systematically exterminated by the Germans. (p. 53). In time, 3 million Polish gentiles were murdered by the Germans along with the 3 million Polish Jews. (p. 289). [It is hardly surprising that some Amazon reviewers report never before having heard of the 3 million Polish victims.]

As a teenager, "Rys" joined the ORLETA (Young Eagles), a Scout-like organization that became part of the Polish guerrilla movement (A. K., or Armia Krajowa). He was involved in scattering leaflets, and, later, falsified his age as 16 in order to actively participate in A.K. combat. Also, "...the Resistance made bombs, assassinated Gestapo agents, derailed trains, blew up bridges, aided Jews in hiding, and printed more than eleven hundred anti-Nazi periodicals." (p. 61). "The Germans were ruthless, and would torture anyone they caught whom they suspected of involvement with the Resistance." (p. 65). To reduce the danger of betrayals under torture, everyone in the A.K.
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