Uncommon Valor: The Medal of Honor and the Warriors Who Earned It in Afghanistan and Iraq

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Winner of the Military Writers Society of America’s Highest Honor: The 2010 Founder’s Award

Since the Vietnam War ended in 1973, the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest award for valor, has been presented to only ten men for their actions “above and beyond the call of duty.” Eight of the ten were young men who fought in the current war in Iraq, in Afghanistan, or both.

Uncommon Valor answers the searing question of who these ...

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Overview

Winner of the Military Writers Society of America’s Highest Honor: The 2010 Founder’s Award

Since the Vietnam War ended in 1973, the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest award for valor, has been presented to only ten men for their actions “above and beyond the call of duty.” Eight of the ten were young men who fought in the current war in Iraq, in Afghanistan, or both.

Uncommon Valor answers the searing question of who these young soldiers were, and dramatically details why they found themselves in life-or-death situations, and how they responded. This book also provides a comprehensive history of the Medal of Honor—one marred by controversies, scandals, and theft.

Using an extraordinary range of sources, including interviews with family members and friends, teammates and superiors in the military, personal letters, blogs posted within hours of events, personal and official videos, and newly declassified documents, Uncommon Valor is a compelling and important work that recounts incredible acts of heroism and lays bare the ultimate sacrifice of our bravest soldiers.

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Uncommon Valor is truly the best book on military matters that I have read this year. . . . Of all the books that we have honored over the years with our Founder’s Award (this one had no competition) this was and is the best of the best!”—-Bill McDonald, Military Writers Society of America founder
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312604561
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/2011
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 680,235
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dwight Jon Zimmerman is an award-winning author of books and articles on military history and a member of the Military Writers Society of America. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

John D. Gresham is a veteran military analyst and the coauthor, with Tom Clancy, of Clancy’s bestselling nonfiction series. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia.  

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword Colonel Lee Mize, USA (Ret.) xi

Introduction to the Trade Paperback Edition xvii

Introduction 1

1 Paul Ray Smith 7

2 Building a Pyramid of Honor 47

3 Jason Dunham 77

4 Michael P. Murphy 118

5 The Many Forms of Valor 157

6 Michael Anthony Monsoor 186

7 Ross A. McGinnis 212

8 Jared C. Monti 241

9 Rober J. Miller 268

10 Salvatore A. Giunta 284

Epilogue 302

Index 311

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    Gone but not forgotten

    This book presents a goood account of the individuals, their life outside of the military, and their families. I look forward to an updated addition as more men are honered and more information comes to light.

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