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Choosing Courage: Inspiring True Stories of What It Means to Be a Hero

Author: Collier, Peter

Publisher: Artisan

Format:Softcover

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Choosing Courage: Inspiring True Stories of What It Means to Be a Hero : <div><b>Riveting real-life accounts of heroism from Medal of Honor recipients, including Clinton Romesha (author of <i>Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor</i>) and exceptional civilians like schoolteacher Jencie Fagan</b><br /> <br /> How does an ordinary person become a hero? It happens in a split second, a moment of focus and clarity, when a choice is made. Here are the gripping accounts of Medal of Honor recipients who demonstrated guts and selflessness on the battlefield and confronted life-threatening danger to make a difference. There are the stories of George Sakato and Vernon Baker--both of whom overcame racial discrimination to enlist in the army during World War II (Sakato was a second-generation Japanese American, Baker an African American) and went on to prove that heroes come in all colors--and Clint Romesha, who led his outnumbered fellow soldiers against a determined enemy to prevent the Taliban from taking over a remote U.S. Army outpost in Afghanistan.<br /> <br /> Also included are civilians who have been honored by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation for outstanding acts of bravery in crisis situations, from a school shooting to the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Adding depth and context are illuminating essays on the combat experience and its aftermath, covering topics such as overcoming fear; a mother mourning the loss of her son; and "surviving hell" as a prisoner of war.</div>


Category   Subject
Young Adult Nonfiction   Biographies & Memoirs
Young Adult Nonfiction   Education & Reference

ISBN 13:9781579657055
ISBN 10:1579657052
Format:Softcover
Language:English
Pages:272
Size:8.27" l x 5.31" w x 0.83" h
Ages: 12+
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