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Uncommon Valor: The Medal of Honor and the Six Warriors Who Earned It in Afghanistan and Iraq First Edition Edition
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"Sergeant First Class Paul Ray Smith."
"Corporal Jason Dunham."
"Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy."
"Petty Officer Second Class Michael Anthony Monsoor."
"U.S. Army Specialist Ross A. McGinnis."
"U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Jared C. Monti."
What makes a person deliberately fall on a grenade, charge into a line of fire, sacrifice his life to save another? The six brave men listed above, all posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, aren't here to explain their actions. All we can do is guess why they did what they did. In Uncommon Valor, authors Dwight Jon Zimmerman and John D. Gresham attempt to answer these haunting questions.
The book delves into the history of the medal itself, but for me, the wife of a former fighter pilot and now mother of an Army 1st Lieutenant, my favorite chapters were the ones that explored each man's past. I learned about their childhoods, their families, and their lives before they chose to enter the military. Throughout the book, I was reminded of a line from The Soldier's Creed: "I am a warrior and a member of a team." Each man put his comrades first.
This book will change you. Reading Uncommon Valor will make you want to become a better person. A better citizen. A better steward of this great land we call America.
I highly recommend this book.
Kathleen M. Rodgers ~ author of JOHNNIE COME LATELY forthcoming from Coffeetown Press 2/1/15.
"Uncommon Valor" is a comprehensive review of The Medal of Honor, our nation's highest award for valor, and the six warriors who earned it in Afghanistan and Iraq. The awards were made posthumously after mind-boggling heroics in which each sacrificed his life for his fellow soldiers, sailors, or airmen. Readers also discover each recipient's past childhood and family history that led up to the defining moments of life.
Any yet, "Uncommon Valor" is more. Between each chapter, the co-authors also offer fascinating explanations - in easy to understand laymen's terms - of the conditions, tribal politics, and geographical landscape in Afghanistan or Iraq which led to each heroic action that culminated in the individual's Medal of Honor nomination and ultimately, the posthumous award.
Zimmerman and Gresham's work of narrative non-fiction is an uncommonly important read for our times. Even before the book was released, the co-authors were invited to speak this autumn to cadets at West Point.
"Uncommon Valor" would make the perfect gift for anyone interested in military history and for any active duty military member or veteran.
"Uncommon Valor" has already become one of my all time favorite books. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Fair disclosure: Although I have never met either author, I received an advance galley copy earlier this summer.
~ Bonnie Bartel Latino
All six MoH winners covered in UNCOMMON VALOR received the Medal posthumously. They are Paul Smith, Jason Dunham, Michael Murphy, Michale Monsoor, Ross McGinnis and Jared Monti. Several were squad leaders, several were grunts; others were SEALs. Some awards were made for leadership; others for self-sacrifice. Their backgrounds and time in service were as different as day and night. The only commonality seemed to be that, when exceptional courage was called for, each man stepped up.
The extensive research undertaken by Zimmerman and Gresham enable them to present a multi-dimensional portrait of each man. Their early life is detailed along with their decision to enlist, service prior to their MoH action, etc. The process by which each was recommended for and received the MoH is also detailed. The authors interweave these stories against the backdrop of a comprehensive history of the Medal of Honor since its inception.
Whatever your views regarding the on-going struggles in Iraq and Afghanistan, UNCOMMON VALOR is required reading. It puts a very human face on those far-away conflicts and reminds us of the price paid by the fine American men and women engaged in those conflicts. UNCOMMON VALOR comes highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great History, however it should have included more about Viet Nam and Korea.Published 23 months ago by W. Jack Martin
Always a good idea to remember our true heros. This book gives a nice summary of the incredible bravery exhibited by a few of our finest who sacrificed all for others.Published on January 11, 2014 by Amazon Customer
A very good book. Easy read and it was a good idea for a gift. It arrived fast and in great condition.Published on October 27, 2013 by Isolina
I liked the individual narratives and their stories, though the chapters on the history of the medal and the politics surroundign it were a bit lengthyPublished on April 22, 2013 by Michael P. Holahan
I would recommend this book to all those wanting to gain inspiration and inner strength to face the duties of lifePublished on March 6, 2013 by Lt Guy Mignogna
I just finished this book, and all I can say is that the men portrayed are worthy of our respect and admiration for all eternity. Read morePublished on November 11, 2010 by Mindy Abraham