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Publisher's Summary

In 1863, President Lincoln first awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was created to boost morale among the Union rank and file. In the decades that followed, the award evolved to take on an almost sacred quality. Today, it remains the highest U.S. military decoration. Of the millions of Americans who have gone into combat in the past century, fewer than 1,300 have earned the Medal of Honor, and many of those were awarded for actions they did not survive. Their courageous and selfless feats in battle are barely conceivable.

Medal of Honor portrays several recipients of the award, and examines what drove them to go so far above and beyond the call of duty. Among the stories are an accurate account of the life of the only woman ever to receive the medal, and of a soldier from the legendary WWII Japanese-American 442nd, who went on to earn the medal in the Korean War. This audio program 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.

©2002 Bill Adler Books, Inc. and Mike Wallace. All rights reserved (P)2002 Hyperion

Critic Reviews

"Lively account....The engrossing stories themselves will keep listeners engaged if not fascinated." (Publishers Weekly)
"All of the stories...show us something of what courage, self-sacrifice, and duty are made of. The performances of Wallace and the three different narrators are well done." (AudioFile)

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Outstanding

I thoroughly enjoyed this! I thought it was very well organized, and engaging. There is a narrator change for all the different Medal of Honor recipient?s tales. It was informational, and certainly makes one reflect on the sacrifices that have been made for the way we get to live.

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As Always Very Inspiring

I have read many Medal Of Honor stories and books and have meant a Medal Of Honor soldier in person. I have found each and every story Inspiring and humbling. I really enjoyed this book not only for the stories but especially because it went so deeply into the History of The Medal itself. How it came about How and Why it's meaning and awarding changed and matured. Honestly you have to listen to the story to grasp what I can't seem to write. But weather you're like me and have read many of these stories or not you will Definitely Not Regret hearing the story and Definitely Learn a lot more about The Medal and the story of it's being and how it came to be.

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truth of true heroes

good book to tell a true hero stories talks of the medal of Honor recipients. chose a lot for minorities and women

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Honor

After my father got medal of Honor, this made an impression upon me. Learned much about these medals and greatly appreciated this book.

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Medal of Honor

I really enjoyed this book. Thought it was well organized and interesting.

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Terrible Liberal bias all over it

I feel so sorry for the families of the great heroes of this nation to be besmirched like this from the most liberal arm of the media. These "stories" are just another way for the liberals to justify their warped view of American society!

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