From the Publisher
"The most riveting and unforgettable account of individual combat I've ever read."
-New York Times
bestselling author Colonel Cole C. Kingseed
"Johnson's gripping book tells the story of one of the obscurest but most remarkable Medal of Honor winners of World War II...[McKinney] never made much of his achievement. Those who owed their lives to him, however, did not forget him."
"[A] vivid telling of one of World War II's most legendary exploits."
-Hampton Sides, author of Blood and Thunder and Ghost Soldiers
Singlehandedly repulsing a Japanese attack in 1945, Pvt. John McKinney won the Medal of Honor for one of America's most heroic wartime feats, and here Johnson (Hour of Redemption) presents the event as a docudrama. Private McKinney was the nearly illiterate son of a Georgia sharecropper who served quietly throughout the New Guinea and Philippine campaigns. With victory assured in the Philippines, his unit was sent to defend a remote spit of land far from the fighting, where no one expected the attack when it came. Recovering from his surprise, McKinney recaptured a machine gun from the Japanese, firing until it jammed, then fought on alone with his rifle (he was a crack shot) and bayonet. Afterward, witnesses counted over 100 enemy dead-so many that superiors wanted a lower number before submitting their report. McKinney died in 1997, leaving no personal papers, so the author relies on interviews and official documents, and also on his imagination. The lurid invented dialogue accompanied by his hero's thoughts ("His mouth went dry, his muscles tightened, his heart beat slow and steady...") will leave history buffs gnashing their teeth. (Aug. 7)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information