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Medal of Honor: Profiles of America's Military Heroes from the Civil War to the Present

Medal of Honor: Profiles of America's Military Heroes from the Civil War to the Present


Book Overview: Medal of Honor: Profiles of America's Military Heroes from the Civil War to the Present

Medal of Honor portrays 11 recipients of this sacred U.S. military decoration, from the Civil War through the Vietnam War, and examines what drove them to go so far above and beyond the call of duty. Among the stories is an account of the life of the only woman ever to receive the medal; of an officer who staged a daring escape from a German POW camp in WWI; and of a soldier from the legendary WWII Japanese-American 442nd, who went on to earn the medal in the Korean War. The book tells not only of astonishing military actions but also, significantly, of the recipients' lives before and after their wartime experiences.

In his moving commentary, acclaimed 60 Minutes reporter Mike Wallace places these actions in historical context and relates his own personal experiences in WWII and as a journalist covering recent wars. He also meditates on the meaning of courage and shows what we can all learn from these extraordinary individuals.

"The President may award, and present in the name of Congress, a medal of honor of appropriate design, with ribbons and appurtenances, to a person who, while a member of the Army, Navy, or Air Force distinguished himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty." --The United States Congress

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PublisherHachette Books
Publication Date2003-05-14
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Allen Mikaelian is an acclaimed American author best known for his profound and captivating approach to non-fiction storytelling. He excels in historical narratives, combining extensive research and fine storytelling to bring obscure and fascinating stories to life. Mikaelian holds a Ph.D. in U.S History, equipping him with a firm grasp of complex historical processes and events – a strength reflected in his riveting historical masterpieces. A significant part of Mikaelian's work includes the highly regarded book, "Metal of Honor", which takes an in-depth look into the history of the Medal of Honor and the individuals who received the prestigious award. This book showcases his ability to combine meticulous research with engaging narrative, earning him widespread praise and recognition in the literary world. Outside of his writing career, Mikaelian has also shown versatility as an educator and editor. He has taught U.S History at the American University, imparting his historical expertise and passion to a new generation of learners. His work as an editor for various historical journals has further solidified his standing in the literary and academic communities. As an author, teacher, and editor, Allen Mikaelian continues to contribute to, and shape, our understanding of history.
Mike Wallace, an internationally recognized and respected author, has been instrumental in shaping the landscape of contemporary history and biography genre. Wallace was born and educated in the United States, earning his doctorate in history from Harvard University. His intellect and innate understanding of intricate historical backdrops have made him an authority in his field, earning him accolades and respect from fellow historians, critics, and readers worldwide. Wallace's work as an author showcases his flair for blending historical events with insightful narratives. His magnum opus is the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898," which he co-authored with Edwin G. Burrows. The book brilliantly explores the detailed history of New York City and is widely recognized for its thorough research, eloquent writing, and accessibility to a diverse audience - qualities that characterize much of Wallace's work. In addition to his writing, Wallace has also served as Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. His contributions to academia and literature have made him not just a remarkable author, but also an influential figure in historical studies. Mike Wallace's distinguished career and body of work continue to inspire and educate millions around the globe.

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