Heart of a Soldier

Heart of a Soldier

by James B. Stewart
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Heart of a Soldier 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
pkauf345 More than 1 year ago
This is the first review I've written and i read about 6 books a month. Extremely well written, a truly moving book about heroism. I cannot recommend this book highly enough! 5 stars is insufficient.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book as an audio CD set for my father. I listened to it recently myself and was enthralled! I didn't want to stop the car and interupt the story for anything, even gas! I highly recommend this story. The CD set was abridged so I'll be buying the book now to see what I missed there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this up at the library because the title interested me and was hooked in the first chapter. This is truly a hero's story. If you loved "We Were Soldiers" or "Band of Brothers" this book's for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of all the books and stories I have read on 9/11, this one will stay with me. Rick Rescorla did not become a hero on 9/11; he was a hero all his life. While some will buy this book to read about the World Trade Center disaster, the more compelling parts of the book concern the Vietnam War. James Stewart, the author, has done a masterful job recreating many of the battle scenes and their aftermath. Rescorla was a soldier's soldier, leading with confidence and courage, but dealing with his men with sensitivity and compassion. Years later, he could still remember the faces and the names of the men who died under his command. Even though he carried out his orders in Vietnam and won many medals, he would come to question the purpose of a war which cost the U.S. so many young lives. Rescorla's experience and knowledge, as well as his close friendship with Dan Hill, another seasoned Army officer, led him to anticipate a terrorism attack. When Port Authority officials wouldn't listen, he acted in his capacity as security chief for Morgan Stanley, to make sure his people would be prepared. It's no accident that of the 2,700 Morgan Stanley employees in the building, only six died. Rescorla was one, having gone back to make sure others got out. The book is also a love story, bittersweet because Rescorla and Susan had such a short time together. One person can make a difference. Rick Rescorla was one such person.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read. Tells the story of a special man during the worst attack on America in history! It is one of the best books written on 9-11. Hard to put down. Glad I picked it up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an inspiring, fascinating, and poignant soldier's story told by a craftsman. We're really lucky to have self-sacrificing and brave men like Rick Rescorla among us and writers like James Stewart to tell us about them. A great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stewart's book tells the life story of a warrior with great and uncommon courage. Great courage is doing the right thing in the face of risk and in spite of overwelming, intense fear; the courageous are driven to take action regardless of fears. Rescorla was such a man, demonstrating great courage and selflessness throughout all of his life. In a balanced world, everyone should know and remember this man's name.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading James Stewart's article in last February's New Yorker magazine, "The Real Heroes are Dead," I searched out other material on this remarkable man, Rick Rescorla. I read Harold Moore's "We Were Soldiers Once..and Young" and found that this man truly lead a life of a hero, a much overused term after 9/11. By the time I had neared the end of "Heart of a Soldier," I felt I knew this man. Even though I was aware of the obvious conclusion, I cried like a baby. This would have been a great story even if it had been fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent. The author did an excellent job of filling us in about Rescorla's life, all the while wrapping Susan in as well. It's not only about the events of September 11, 2001, but also of the heroics of one man.