A celebration of the
extraordinary courage, dedication, and sacrifice of this generation of American
veterans on the battlefield and their equally valuable contributions on the
Because so few of us now serve in the military, our men and
women in uniform have become strangers to us. We stand up at athletic events to
honor them, but we hardly know their true measure. Here, Starbucks CEO and
longtime veterans’ advocate Howard Schultz and National Book Award finalist
Rajiv Chandrasekaran of the Washington
Post offer an enlightening, inspiring corrective.
The authors honor acts of uncommon valor in Iraq and
Afghanistan, including an Army sergeant who repeatedly runs through a storm of
gunfire to save the lives of his wounded comrades; two Marines who sacrifice
their lives to halt an oncoming truck bomb and protect thirty-three of their
brothers in arms; and a sixty-year-old doctor who joins the Navy to honor his
We also see how veterans make vital contributions once they
return home, drawing on their leadership skills and commitment to service. There are former soldiers who aid residents in rebuilding after natural disasters, a
former infantry officer who trades in a Pentagon job to teach in an inner-city
neighborhood, a retired general leading efforts to improve treatments for
brain-injured troops, and the spouse of a severely injured soldier assisting
families in similar positions.
These powerful, unforgettable stories demonstrate just how
indebted we are to those who protect us and what they have to offer our nation
when their military service is done. Download and start listening now!