• Unknown Valor

  • A Story of Family, Courage, and Sacrifice from Pearl Harbor to Iwo Jima
  • By: Martha MacCallum
  • Narrated by: Martha MacCallum
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (429 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In honor of the 75th anniversary of one of the most critical battles of World War II, the popular primetime Fox News anchor of The Story with Martha MacCallum pays tribute to the heroic men who sacrificed everything at Iwo Jima to defeat the Armed Forces of Emperor Hirohito - among them, a member of her own family, Harry Gray.

Admiral Chester Nimitz spoke of the "uncommon valor" of the men who fought on Iwo Jima, one of the bloodiest and most brutal battles of World War II. In 36 grueling days, nearly 7,000 Marines were killed and 22,000 were wounded.

Martha MacCallum takes us from Pearl Harbor to Iwo Jima through the lives of these men of valor, among them Harry Gray, a member of her own family.

In Unknown Valor, she weaves their stories - from Boston, Massachusetts, to Gulfport, Mississippi, as told through letters and recollections - into the larger history of what American military leaders rightly saw as an eventual showdown in the Pacific with Japan. In a relentless push through the jungles of Guadalcanal, over the coral reefs of Tarawa, past the bloody ridge of Peleliu, against the banzai charges of Guam, and to the cliffs of Saipan, these men were on a path that ultimately led to the black sands of Iwo Jima, the doorstep of the Japanese Empire.

Meticulously researched, heart-wrenching, and illuminating, Unknown Valor reveals the sacrifices of ordinary Marines who saved the world from tyranny and left indelible marks on those back home who loved them.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Martha MacCallum (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers
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What a storyteller

I find myself riveted to this story because of her delivery of a respectful story set.

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Nothing short of excellent!

Over the years, Martha has always shown a passion for those who serve their country at war. There are so many hidden stories behind every hero, and the heroes are the ones who are first to point that out. Over and above in this publication, Martha has excelled bringing these stories forward.

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Unknown Valor by Martha MacCllum

Thank you for this awesome book Larry Crossman Sgt. United States Marine Corps. Vietnam Veteran 68-69 Semper Fi

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I felt like I was back in the third grade

Way overstylized for anyone whose read WWII history. This.might be good for younger kids to keep their interest but not for anyone looking for new stories or information.

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A great personal story.

You did great job little lady. All of us who lived during those times recognize the story. Gold stars in the windows up and down the street is a part of our memories.

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I honestly couldn't finish this book. Kept waiting for it to go somewhere...it didn't.

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The narration is not great. It sounds like a children’s book at times. The book itself is average.

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This book had now become my favorite read ever. The description of the war in the Pacific was as clear and direct in its telling

The feeling as though I knew each of these people could not have been more real. Such clarity, such depth, such emotion, such a fantastic gift for me as I am the daughter one of those unknown hero’s who fought in the Marianna Islands. Thank you. Amazing!

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Seemed to wander.

The first half of the book seemed to wander and it wasn't until much later I learned what the main focus was. Also, as a vet and history buff, I found a few glaring errors. I think Harry' story should have dominated with other aspects of the war serving as contextual background.