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Amazing tales for making men out of boys
Oliver, Neil.
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First US edition.
Publication Information:
New York : William Morrow, [2009]

Physical Description:
xv, 364 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Tales of brave and selfless deeds used to be part of every boy's education. We grew up sharing stories with our fathers, uncles and grandfathers of how other men had lived their lives, met their challenges, reached their goals and faced their deaths. Becoming a man was about comradeship and standing by your friends whatever the circumstances. And it meant that sometimes it was more important to die a hero than live a coward's life. Through Neil Oliver's vivid, stirring accounts we can rediscover the stories that inspire men to perform acts greater than themselves. These are the epics that we should all know by heart; the tales of courage, endurance and sacrifice that made men out of boys.--From publisher description.
Holding out for a hero -- The Penlee lifeboatmen -- A few good men -- John Paul Jones and the birth of the US Navy -- How curiously the course of one's life may be turned -- The demons of Camerone -- The trouble with the truth -- The battle of Isandlwana -- The heroic age -- D-day and the beach called Omaha -- When Britannia ruled the waves -- The Yangtze incident -- The loneliness of command -- Josiah Harlan, the man who would be king -- The luck of the Irish -- Sir Ernest Shackleton and the imperial trans-Antarctic expedition -- In search of a place in the world -- The flight of the Nez Perces -- First, women and children -- The Birkenhead drill -- For England's sake and duty -- The thin red line and the charge of the Light Brigade -- We're following the leader -- The Battle of Trafalgar -- A long way from home -- Moonwalkers and Apollo 13 -- Enemy at the gates -- Constantinople -- Old age and guile beat youth and enthusiasm -- Dien Bien Phu -- The field of human conflict -- The siege of the Alamo -- Their finest hour -- Thermopylae -- For the boy.
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