Take 10: Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day, a day when we take time to both remember those who have died in service to our country, and to honor those who currently serve. If you can’t get out to a ceremony today, pick up one of these books tomorrow instead, and learn more about the men and women who have carried out their brave duties in war and in peace (and find one of them to say thank you to today!).

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Band of Giants: The Amateur Soldiers Who Won America’s Independence – Jack Kelly

  • A fast-paced military history of the Revolutionary War focusing on the lesser known founding generals who helped win the war.

The Boys of ’67: Charlie Company’s War in Vietnam – Andrew A. Wiest

  • In the spring of 1966, the war was still popular and the draftees of Charlie Company saw their service as a rite of passage. But by December 1967, when the company rotated home, only 30 men were not casualties–and they were among the first vets of the war to be spit on and harassed by war protestors as they arrived back the U.S. In this book, the author examines the experiences of a company from the only division in the Vietnam era to train and deploy together in similar fashion to WWII’s famous 101st Airborne Division.

A Christmas Far From Home: An Epic Tale of Courage and Survival During the Korean War – Stanley Weintraub

  • The dramatic story of the Christmas escape of thousands of American troops overwhelmingly surrounded by the enemy in Korea’s harsh terrain.

Heroes Among Us: Firsthand Accounts of Combat from America’s Most Decorated Warriors in Iraq and Afghanistan – Chuck Larson

  • Firsthand accounts of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from decorated soldiers of all branches of the military capture front-line stories of combat, courage under fire, and heroism on the battlefield.

Knights of the Sea: The True Story of the Boxer and the Enterprise and the War of 1812 – David Hanna

  • Recounts the only major sea battle witnessed by people on land during the War of 1812, involving the British ship Boxer and the USS Enterprise, which led to the U.S. Navy’s changed position in the war.

The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War – Richard Rubin

  • Journalist Richard Ruben painstakingly tracked down and interviewed dozens of surviving WWI veterans (aged between 101 and 113 years old at the time of their interviews) over the course of a decade, weaving their stories into a vividly humanized account of the world’s first industrial-scale war, and America’s last days as a rural economy.

Navajo Weapon: The Navajo Code Talkers – Sally McClain

  • Describes the use of the Navajo language in World War II, discussing why it was used, how the code was developed, and the Native Americans who bravely fought for the United States.

They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the American Civil War – DeAnne Blanton and Lauren M. Cook

  • A study of the hundreds of women who disguised themselves as male soldiers to fight on both sides of the Union and Confederate conflict chronicles the stories of Jennie Hodgers, Frances Clayton, and Loreta Velazquez, among others.

Thirteen Soldiers: A Personal History of Americans at War – John McCain and John Salter

  • The coauthors of Faith of My Fathers present an evocative history of Americans at war through the personal accounts of 13 remarkable soldiers who fought in major military conflicts, from the Revolutionary War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Unsubstantial Air: American Fliers in the First World War – Samuel Hynes

  • The vivid story of the young Americans who fought and died in the aerial battles of World War I.

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