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*The instant New York Times bestseller*

The national bestselling author of The First Wave tells the untold story of four of the most decorated soldiers of World War II—all Medal of Honor recipients—from the beaches of French Morocco to Hitler’s own mountaintop fortress 

As the Allies raced to defeat Hitler, four men, all in the same unit, earned medal after medal for battlefield heroism. Maurice “Footsie” Britt, a former professional football player, became the very first American to receive every award for valor in a single war. Michael Daly was a West Point dropout who risked his neck over and over to keep his men alive. Keith Ware would one day become the first and only draftee in history to attain the rank of general before serving in Vietnam. In WWII, Ware owed his life to the finest soldier he ever commanded, a baby-faced Texan named Audie Murphy. In the campaign to liberate Europe, each would gain the ultimate accolade, the Congressional Medal of Honor. 

Tapping into personal interviews and a wealth of primary source material, Alex Kershaw has delivered his most gripping account yet of American courage, spanning more than six hundred days of increasingly merciless combat, from the deserts of North Africa to the dark heart of Nazi Germany. Once the guns fell silent, these four exceptional warriors would discover just how heavy the Medal of Honor could be—and how great the expectations associated with it. Having survived against all odds, who among them would finally find peace?

©2022 Alex Kershaw (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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The Greatest Generation.

They sacrificed so much to stomp out fascism and far right wing ideology. I hope that their sacrifice was not in vain as we see fascism rearing its ugly head in the United States and around the world.

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Fantastic book excellent read

Once again, Alex Kershaw, has nailed it. They will re-searched and Brantley written piece of work. Please keep doing what you’re doing, for all of us that did serve and still serve. Thank you so much.

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Evan's Review

Good book on the most decorated division of WW2. The 7 Army 3 Division was involved in combat during WW2 from Operation Torch to the end of War. The most famous of these soldiers was Audy Murphy but there others that we never heard about. If you like WW2 history you will really like this book.

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Lacked any engagement by the listener

Not Mr. Kershaw’s best work. Wonderful history but not engaging and the narrator sounded as if on his last leg.

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An excellent recounting of bravery

I hope you enjoy hearing how ordinary men served our country well during WW11 as much as I.
Mark Bramhall did a superior job of narrating this well written book and added to my enjoyment of this story.
The narrator is a critical part of any audio book; a fact unknown by authors who read their own books.

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fantastic

Solid book, could not put it down. the detail of all accounts makes you feel the experiences.

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Excellent

Well written and a very insightful look at the infantry soldiers from the storied Third Infantry Division in WW2 who won the Medal of Honor.

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Good book

Good book, well done lots of cool info, makes you appreciate the men who fought

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Not as complete as possible.

The narrator was great, but the story mostly highlighted Murphy. I was hoping to hear more about lesser known MOH recipients. Unfortunately this kind of history book reminds me of radio - they never play all the songs of the artist, only the ones that made the artist popular. I heard multiple times about the many soldiers who received the MOH but the book only spoke of a few. To receive this award you have to be outstanding, so I would believe that the story that accompanies each of the awards may only be brief but worthy of hearing. I expected more, not all, just more.

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Great Military History

Gives great detailed history of the feats and actions of 4 of America’s greatest WW II Medal of Honor recipients. Great research went into giving the listener the overall picture and small details surrounding the soldiers heroic actions.
I have a newfound appreciation of the bitter struggle and fighting that the Third Infantry Division soldiers endured during the war.
Certainly in the top 5 best military history books I’ve ever listened to.
Thank you Mr Kershaw !! Keep them coming !!

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Not interesting and far too graphic kills

Found it hard to follow, just that the same unit, like many others, fought from North Africa to Germany. Most upsetting was his extremely graphic details of how soldiers died.
Instead of writing he got shot and died.
He would write something like he was shot above the left ear, and his BXXXX's spattered all over his comrade's arm.
Why? Very upsetting to hear.

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  • 04-29-22

Incredible

The whole book has you hooked, the stories are incredible and fascinating! What a book, highly recommended.