Medal of Honor

  • by Allen Mikaelian, Mike Wallace
  • Narrated by Jason Culp, Ron McLarty, Harry Chase
  • 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1863, President Lincoln first awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was created to boost morale among the Union rank and file. In the decades that followed, the award evolved to take on an almost sacred quality. Today, it remains the highest U.S. military decoration. Of the millions of Americans who have gone into combat in the past century, fewer than 1,300 have earned the Medal of Honor, and many of those were awarded for actions they did not survive. Their courageous and selfless feats in battle are barely conceivable. Medal of Honor portrays several recipients of the award, and examines what drove them to go so far above and beyond the call of duty. Among the stories are an accurate account of the life of the only woman ever to receive the medal, and of a soldier from the legendary WWII Japanese-American 442nd, who went on to earn the medal in the Korean War. This audio program tells not only of astonishing military actions but also, significantly, of the recipients' lives before and after their wartime experiences.
In his moving commentary, acclaimed 60 Minutes reporter Mike Wallace places these actions in historical context and relates his own personal experiences in WWII and as a journalist covering recent wars. He also meditates on the meaning of courage and shows what we can all learn from these extraordinary individuals.

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What the Critics Say

"Lively account....The engrossing stories themselves will keep listeners engaged if not fascinated." (Publishers Weekly)
"All of the stories...show us something of what courage, self-sacrifice, and duty are made of. The performances of Wallace and the three different narrators are well done." (AudioFile)

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Outstanding

I thoroughly enjoyed this! I thought it was very well organized, and engaging. There is a narrator change for all the different Medal of Honor recipient?s tales. It was informational, and certainly makes one reflect on the sacrifices that have been made for the way we get to live.
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- Marc

Terrible Liberal bias all over it

I feel so sorry for the families of the great heroes of this nation to be besmirched like this from the most liberal arm of the media. These "stories" are just another way for the liberals to justify their warped view of American society!
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- John Graybeal

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-26-2004
  • Publisher: Hyperion AudioBooks