Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor

by Mike Wallace, Harry Chase, Jason Culp, Ron McLarty
     
 
The Congressional Medal of Honor is Americas highest military award. In this remarkable work, the first of its kind, acclaimed 60 Minutes reporter Mike Wallace looks at the lives of the recipients of the medal and explores what it is that drove them to go so far above and beyond the call of duty. Wallace examines not only their extraordinary feats in battle (plunging

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The Congressional Medal of Honor is Americas highest military award. In this remarkable work, the first of its kind, acclaimed 60 Minutes reporter Mike Wallace looks at the lives of the recipients of the medal and explores what it is that drove them to go so far above and beyond the call of duty. Wallace examines not only their extraordinary feats in battle (plunging into heavy fire, throwing themselves on live grenades, attacking enemy regiments single-handed), but also their lives before and after. Throughout the book, and particularly in his moving introduction, he meditates on the meaning of courage and shows what we can learn from the lives of those who perform amazing acts of selflessness and bravery.

Editorial Reviews

Vito F Sinisi
Allen Mikaelian presents a stirring and patriotic look at eleven outstanding Americans who have earned the Congressional Medal of Honor. They include Lieutenant Ernest Childers, who, in his assault on a WWII German position, was reduced to throwing rocks at the enemy; and pacifist medic Desmond Doss, who saved more than 100 lives in a single day. 60 Minutes icon Mike Wallace contributes an introduction.
Publishers Weekly
In this lively account, Mikaelian traces the history of the Medal of Honor, the highest military distinction awarded in the United States, and the lives of several of those who have earned it in the years since it was established by President Lincoln during the Civil War. He focuses not only on their heroic feats, but also on what became of them in the wake of their deeds and the honor the medal earned them. This recording is augmented by readings by Wallace, who tells of his own wartime experiences and supplies historical context with the same timbre and excellent gift for timing and dramatic buildup that many will recognize from his work on 60 Minutes. The stories themselves are read by a rotation of three other readers, although Chase, Culp and McLarty have very similar voices and approaches. While their performances get the job done, they somewhat pale when juxtaposed with that of Wallace, and their tone and style occasionally bring to mind educational films from high school history class. The production that accompanies them is pronounced, but not over the top. It doesn't include bugle calls or the muffled clap of cavalry, but it doesn't shy away from the occasional drum roll or a few bars of "When Johnny Came Marching Home," either. Above all, though, the engrossing stories themselves will keep listeners engaged if not fascinated. Based on the Hyperion hardcover (Forecasts, May 27). (Aug.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786870707
Publisher:
Hachette Audio
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Edition description:
Abridged, 4 Cassettes, 6 hours
Pages:
6
Product dimensions:
4.48(w) x 6.86(h) x 1.07(d)

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