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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (430 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Sheeler Narrator: Mark Deakin Publisher: Penguin Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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They are the troops that nobody wants to see, carrying a message that no military family ever wants to hear. Since the start of the war in Iraq, marines like Major Steve Beck found themselves charged with a mission they never asked for and one for which there can be no training: casualty notification. In Final Salute, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jim Sheeler weaves together the stories of the fallen, the broken homes they have left behind, and one man’s effort to help heal the wounds of those left grieving. But it is not a book about war, politics, or liberal vs. conservative. Achingly beautiful and honest, it is a book that every American—every human—can embrace.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jen | 2/14/2014

    " Well, based on the content of the book, I would give it 5 stars, but based on the way it was written 3 stars. The way the book was organized made it hard to follow the story of each fallen soldier. I wish the sections had been split up by person instead of jumping around. This was definitely an emotional read and a story that needed to be told. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gerri | 1/28/2014

    " a really great book--but i seriously cried the whole time i was reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Annette | 1/26/2014

    " An intimate and moving glance into the mission most of never experience. I was saddened by the individual experiences and uplifted by his love and dedication. It is true, we love those we serve. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amy | 12/27/2013

    " Very enlightening on the process of the notification officers but very,very sad. Get your kleenex ready... "

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About the Author

Jim Sheeler won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing for the story in the Rocky Mountain News that led to Final Salute. He previously authored the book Obit based on his narrative obituaries of everyday people. He has also contributed to Best Newspaper Writing 2006-2007 and Life on the Death Beat. Sheeler has won numerous national writing awards and has served as a featured guest speaker for military and journalism organizations. Born in Houston, Texas, he has a degree in journalism from Colorado State University and an MA in journalism from the University of Colorado, where he now teaches. He lives with his wife and son in Boulder.