Big week and big day here @ The Scoop. We are leading off the day with a book that reveals some amazing real life heroes, humanizes them, describes them as real people, and then details the moments of true valor they had. It is hard not to turn the pages in this book and not have a sense of awe at the sacrifices these men and women make on a daily basis so we can enjoy the types of freedoms that we have as Americans. I want to share a few things from and about the book so maybe you can understand where I am coming from, and why I think that getting this book and reading it is important:
“Following the success of American Heroes: In the Fight Against Radical Islam (a New York Times best seller), Oliver North moves from the frontline to the world of shadow warriors, introducing readers to the brave, noble work of Navy Seals, Rangers, and Green Berets in American Heroes in Special Operations.
From the sands of Iraq to the mountains of the Hindu Kush, North relays insider stories and full-color photographs that depict soul-stirring missions, hidden victories, and desperate fights against impossible odds. Yet for these faithful, inspiring patriots, it's "all in a day's work."
Oliver North is a combat-decorated Marine, the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for valor, and two Purple Hearts for wounds in action. From 1983 to 1986 he served as the U.S. government's counter-terrorism coordinator on the National Security Council staff. President Ronald Reagan described him as "an American hero." A New York Times best-selling author, syndicated columnist, and host of the award-winning War Stories documentary series on the FOX News Channel, North lives with his wife, Betsy, in Virginia. They have four children and eleven grandchildren.”
I put in the description of who Oliver North is because some younger people may not know who he is. I asked my son, he is sixteen, and he heard of him but didn’t know exactly who he is, so I did not want to assume other young people did. I place importance on the author because this is a man that walked in the same shoes as these warriors and shares a very special viewpoint. His narrative in this case is important and vital. Oliver North gives us compassion and feeling that other authors or journalist just reporting the facts could not have.
North breaks up the book into chapters for each year from 2001 to 2010. I was totally captivated by not just the description of the actions that these men and women have taken and the sacrifices they made, but the pictures. The saying that they are worth a thousand words applies to the ones in this book. Reading of the heroic acts they have performed, the manners in which they lost their lives to protect their fellow soldiers is nothing short of amazing. I sorted through it again while I was preparing to write this post and was going to pick one out, but had a very difficult time choosing the right one to use. I think a book of this type, the celebration of their bravery, their humanity, their accomplishments in the harshest of conditions needs to be seen as a whole and revered individually in the context Oliver North intended. This is just an amazing book; I have no other words to give it the respect that it is due.
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