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Choosing Courage: Inspiring True Stories of What It Means to Be a Hero

Choosing Courage: Inspiring True Stories of What It Means to Be a Hero

Автором Peter Collier

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Choosing Courage: Inspiring True Stories of What It Means to Be a Hero

Автором Peter Collier

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4/5 (7 оценки)
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370 pages
3 hours
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Издано:
May 19, 2015
ISBN:
9781579656607
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How does an ordinary person become a hero? It happens in a split second, a moment of focus and clarity, when a choice is made. Here are the gripping accounts of Medal of Honor recipients who demonstrated guts and selflessness on the battlefield and confronted life-threatening danger to make a difference. There are the stories of George Sakato and Vernon Baker—both of whom overcame racial discrimination to enlist in the army during World War II (Sakato was a second-generation Japanese American, Baker an African American) and went on to prove that heroes come in all colors—and Clint Romesha, who led his outnumbered fellow soldiers against a determined enemy to prevent the Taliban from taking over a remote U.S. Army outpost in Afghanistan.

Also included are civilians who have been honored by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation for outstanding acts of bravery in crisis situations, from a school shooting to the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Adding depth and context are illuminating essays on the combat experience and its aftermath, covering topics such as overcoming fear; a mother mourning the loss of her son; and “surviving hell” as a prisoner of war.
Издатель:
Издано:
May 19, 2015
ISBN:
9781579656607
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Peter Collier was the founding editor of Encounter Books. His illustrious career as a writer and editor spanned more than half a century, beginning with Ramparts magazine in the 1960s. Among his other books are Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty, now in its third edition, Political Woman: The Big Little Life of Jeane Kirkpatrick, and Things in Glocca Morra, his second novel and final book.

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  • (5/5)
    This book tells the true stories of a number of people, both in the military and civilians, who chose to act in a manner that made them heroes. This is an excellent social studies book for students in grades 7-9.
  • (4/5)
    Choosing Courage is a work of nonfiction, to inform the reader of the courage men and women have shown in life and have, consequently, been honored with the Medal of Honor or other Honor award for civilians.The book is divided into sections. It begins discussing what a real hero is--not an athlete or singer, but “a special breed--a man or woman who acts on behalf of country, friends, or even strangers despite great risk to his or her own safety; someone who defends a good cause even when it seems no one else agrees; someone who decides to act when others won’t and so changes the outcome of a critical situation” (xi). Each war or conflict has stories or personal narratives of people who received the Congressional Medal of Honor: World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The last section has examples of heroism in civilian life. Some recipients received their Medal years later as biases against races was put aside. Some recipients died to save others. Each story has truths that anyone can apply to his or her life. Most agree that each individual has a choice--to act or not to act when needed. Each story also illustrates that no one does these acts for personal glory; instead, these acts help someone else.I think reading these stories shows how spoiled and/or removed we’ve become from war. In World War II, everyone sacrificed and chipped in. As each war/conflict arrived, Americans have responded differently. The stories in the last section, however, show people who respond with courage in civilian life. Ultimately, courage exists but believing in oneself and not focusing on self are the necessities to do the extraordinary.