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Title:
Thirteen soldiers a personal history of Americans at war
Author:
McCain, John, 1936-
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Edition:
Unabridged.
Publication Information:
[New York] : Simon & Schuster Audio, [2014]
Physical Description:
11 audio discs (13 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
John McCain's evocative history of Americans at war, told through the personal accounts of thirteen remarkable soldiers who fought in major military conflicts, from the Revolutionary War of 1776 to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
General Note:
Compact discs.

Duration: 13:30:00.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781442374881
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Audiobook on CD

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John McCain's evocative history of Americans at war, told through the personal accounts of thirteen remarkable soldiers who fought in major military conflicts, from the Revolutionary War of 1776 to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As a veteran himself, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and a long-time student of history, John McCain brings a distinctive perspective to this subject. Thirteen Soldiers tells the stories of real soldiers through the years who personify an essential characteristic of combat, from valor, savagery, and terror to obedience, enterprise, and love. You'll meet Joseph Plumb Martin, who at the tender age of fifteen fought in the Revolutionary War; Charles Black, a freeborn African American sailor in the War of 1812; and Sam Chamberlain, of the Mexican American War, whose life inspired novelist Cormac McCarthy. Then there's Oliver Wendell Holmes, an aristocratic idealist disillusioned by the Civil War, and Littleton "Tony" Waller, court-martialed for refusing to massacre Filipino civilians.

Each account illustrates a particular aspect of war, such as Mary Rhoads, an Army reservist forever changed by an Iraqi scud missile attack during the Persian Gulf War, and Monica Lin Brown, a frontline medic in rural Afghanistan who saved several lives in an ambushed convoy. From their acts of self-sacrifice to their astonishing bravery, the thirteen soldiers profiled here embody the best America has to offer.


Author Notes

John Sidney McCain III (born August 29, 1936) is the senior United States Senator from Arizona. He was the Republican presidential nominee in the 2008 United States presidential election. McCain retired from the Navy as a Captain in 1981. He then moved to Arizona and began a career in politics. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, served two terms, and was then elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986.

McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone at Coco Solo Naval Air Station. His father, John S. McCain, Jr. was a naval officer stationed there at the time. In 1951, the family settled in Northern Virginia, and McCain attended Episcopal High School, a private preparatory boarding school in Alexandria. McCain entered the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1954. He fought in the Vietnam War and was a prisoner of war (POW) beginning on October 26, 1967. In March 1968, McCain was put into solitary confinement, where he would remain for two years. In total, McCain was a POW for five and a half years. He was released on March 14, 1973.

In 2014, McCain wrote Faith of My Fathers with Mark Salter. It became a New York Times bestseller.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Library Journal Review

In their latest collaboration, McCain and Salter (coauthors, Character Is Destiny) share 13 individual stories of military life and offer powerful glimpses into the personal experiences of war for the men and women serving the United States throughout history. This book features an in-depth profile of one individual from each of the 13 major military conflicts in U.S. history. Listeners will get to know soldiers from the Revolutionary War through the World Wars and the current War on Terror. Each story provides a deep understanding of the individual's life and unique experiences fighting for this country. A real strength of this work is its ability to bring history vividly to life. For example, one story allows listeners to overhear the not-so-nice comments George Washington made to retreating soldiers who were supposed to be pressing the attack. Use of correspondence and personal journals provide wonderful anecdotes and capture emotions firsthand. Although it is evident he is not a professional narrator, McCain displays a passion for history and the military that shine through. VERDICT Recommended for those interested in military history and fans of biographies. ["The text as a whole offers insights into life during battle; however, it comes across as a bit disjointed, seeming more a compilation of minibiographies than a work with an overriding theme," read the review of the S. & S. hc, LJ 11/1/14.]-Sean Kennedy, Cleveland State Univ. Law Lib. (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.