Monday, May 27, 2013

{Review} Stories in Uniform: A Look at the Heroics, Sacrifices, and Triumphs of our Soldiers by Editors of Reader's Digest

ISBN #: 978-1621450634
Page Count: 224
Copyright: May 2, 2013
Publisher: Reader's Digest

Book Summary:
(Taken from back cover)

In this one-of-a-kind collection of Reader's Digest's best military pieces, you'll meet ordinary people faced with extraordinary circumstances in the name of America and freedom. People such as Staff Sergeant Jeff Sarver, whose mission day after day was to get it right the first time or die as he and his team disarmed hundreds of improvised explosive devices in Iraq; and Colonel Greg Gadson, a double amputee whose inspirational message of courage, perseverance, and teamwork helped lead the then-struggling Giants to a Super Bowl victory in 2007. These articles remind us of all those in uniform who go above and beyond the call of duty, including the 1000-man crew of the USS Point Cruz who cared for an abandoned infant in Korea until his adoption in the United States, and the Green Beret who risked his life to save a dying Afghan girl.

Charged with emotion and packed with unbelievable strength and courage, Stories in Uniform will both engage and inspire you - and provide deeper insight into our country's military.

Mandy's Review:

What, I ask you, is more appropriate on Memorial Day than to post a review about stories of our military? Nothing I can think of.

Stories in Uniform is a touching, emotional look at the bravery of various individuals in our military from World War I all the way through the War on Terror. Many of the heroics performed were not scripted and the people performing them were not commanded to do so. Each of these individuals (and countless others who weren't mentioned in this book) perform these heroic acts without regard to their own life. They often act without thinking, proving that there is a baser kindness in all of us towards our fellow man.

As we go throughout our day (and year) we tend to only remember our military on three days: Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veteran's Day. How sad is that? We should always keep in the forefront of our mind the freedoms we have due to the selfless acts of our military. We, as a human race, often take our freedoms for granted. We think we are so oppressed by our government. I disagree. While I may not agree with everything our government does, I recognize that we have many more freedoms than any other nation out there. Those freedoms were not cheap. Those freedoms were paid for with the blood, limbs, sanity, and safety of our military men and women.

Even though this book made me cry (and I hate to cry), I highly recommend this book for every American out there. If you do not have an appreciation of our military and what they go through, then you definitely need to read these stories. It will definitely touch something inside of each and every one of us.

*A hardcopy of this book was provided by FSB Media in exchange for an honest review.

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