Pat Tillman left his career with the Arizona Cardinals and enlisted in the United States Army in June 2002 in response to the September 11 attacks. His service in Iraq and Afghanistan, and subsequent death, were the subject of much controversy. Tillman joined the Army Rangers and served several tours in combat before he died in the mountains of Afghanistan. Initially, the Army reported that Tillman had gunned down by enemy forces. But the truth would be revealed later, when the Pentagon informed the Tillman family that he had been killed as a result of friendly fire. Controversy raged as the military was criticized for delaying the disclosure for weeks after Tillman´s memorial in order to save face for the US Army. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Sipple. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/086545de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Patrick K. O´Donnell has made a career of uncovering the hidden history of World War II by tracking down and interviewing its most elite troops: the Rangers, Airborne, Marines, and First Special Service Force, forerunners to Americas´s Special Forces. These veterans were often the first in and the last out of every conflict, from Guadalcanal and Burma to the Philippines and the black sands of Iwo Jima. They faced a cruel enemy willing to try anything, including kamikaze flights and human-guided torpedoes. As O´Donnell explains in the introduction, most of the men in this book were at first reticent to talk. Over the course of the war, they had spearheaded D-Day-sized beach assaults, encountered cannibalism, suffered friendly-fire incidents, and endured torture as prisoners of war. Heroes among heroes, they include many recipients of the Navy Cross, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, and other medals of battlefield valor, but none bragged about it. As one soldier put it, ´´When somebody gets decorated, it´s because a lot of other men died.´´ By telling their stories, these men present an unvarnished look at the war on the ground, a final gift from aging warriors who have already given so much. Only with such accounts can the true horror of the war in the Pacific be fully known. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/000672de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Audie Award Finalist, Non-Fiction, 2014 From a MacArthur Fellow and the author of The Good Soldiers, a profound look at life after war No journalist has reckoned with the psychology of war as intimately as David Finkel. In The Good Soldiers, his bestselling account from the front lines of Baghdad, Finkel shadowed the men of the 2-16 Infantry Battalion as they carried out the infamous surge, a grueling fifteen-month tour that changed all of them forever. Now Finkel has followed many of those same men as they’ve returned home and struggled to reintegrate - both into their family lives and into American society at large. In the ironically named Thank You for Your Service, Finkel writes with tremendous compassion not just about the soldiers but about their wives and children. Where do soldiers belong after their homecoming? Is it possible, or even reasonable, to expect them to rejoin their communities as if nothing has happened? And in moments of hardship, who are soldiers expected to turn to if they feel alienated by the world they once lived in? These are the questions Finkel faces as he revisits the brave but shaken men of the 2-16. More than a work of journalism, Thank You for Your Service is an act of understanding - shocking but always riveting, unflinching but deeply humane, it takes us inside the heads of those who must live the rest of their lives with the chilling realities of war. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arthur Bishop. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/001673de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The author´s account of his experiences during four years of the American Civil War from Private to Lieutenant-Colonel in the Cavalry of the Army of North Virginia. This is a poignant and wonderfully written account of life in the Cavalry during a monumentous struggle. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Nilsen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lumo/000008de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´The single best treatment of the American Air Service in World War I.´´ - America and World War I From April to November 1918, the American Air Service grew from a poorly equipped, unorganized branch of the U.S. Expeditionary Forces to a fighting unit equal to its opponent in every way. Hostile Skies details the actual battle experiences of the men and boys who made up the service squadrons at the front - Raoul Lufbery, Elliot Springs, Fiorello La Guardia, and, of course, Eddie Rickenbacker. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ernest ´´Ernie´´ Sprance. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/019243de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Please note: This is a key takeaways and analysis of the book and not the original book. Journalist David Finkel, who had previously written about the experiences of an Army infantry division fighting in Baghdad, now tells the story of soldiers grappling with the after-effects of their service in Iraq. Finkel focuses primarily on Adam Schumann, an extremely capable non-commissioned officer now suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after witnessing several horrific scenes during combat as well as feeling tremendous guilt for missions he didn´t go on that resulted in the death of colleagues. Schumann returned from Iraq after these events and struggled to readjust to family life. He and his wife Saskia have a strained relationship. She feels the requisite amount of guilt for the injuries that he suffered, but also believes he must put that behind him and return to serving as a husband and a provider. Because he has not won a generous disability pension, like other injured colleagues, his diminished cognition and impaired judgment have combined to limit him to menial jobs and much-reduced workloads. He also experiences mood swings and nightmares, recurring conditions that have not endeared him to Saskia, who is struggling to raise their two children. Saskia has a complicated relationship with Amanda Doster, wife of Adam´s deceased friend James Doster and the beneficiary of a large Army death benefit, whom she alternately pities and envies (and borrows money from, without ever paying it back). 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Gilboe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/088851de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From Pearl Harbor to Midway to Tokyo Bay, Alvin Kernan´s career in the U.S. Navy spanned the entire war in the Pacific. Kernan joined the U.S. Navy in March 1941 at the age of 17, and his war came to an end when he went ashore at Tokyo Bay in 1945 and saw the devastation of the atomic bombs. In between, he witnessed and participated in some of the most significant events in naval history. A gifted storyteller, Kernan gives a candid account of his experiences, providing shrewd observations about the culture and ideology of an important era in naval history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ted Stoddard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/navy/000001de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A Chicago native, Milton Olive III is one of our American war heroes. He began his military career in the mid-1960s and after completing basic training, became part of an infantry battalion in Vietnam. In the midst of battle, Olive sacrificed his own life for those of his comrades. Without regard for himself, he covered a grenade with his body, thus minimizing injury and saving the lives of the four others in his squad. As a result, Olive lost his life in battle and was later bestowed the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest military recognition one can receive in war. 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Butler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/086868de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Staff Sergeant Melvin Morris is an honored veteran of the Vietnam War. He served almost 30 years in the United States Army and was even part of a Special Forces Group. Brave and excelling at his career in the military, Morris would do two tours of duty in Vietnam before retiring in 1985. 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Butler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/086301de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This collection includes seven documentaries:Days of InfamyWithin the living memory of Americans are two deadly surprise attacks against the United States: Japan´s assault on Pearl Harbor, and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Both times, the Library of Congress sent people out to record the voices of ordinary Americans as they reacted to a changed world.Red Runs the VistulaIn August 1944, five years after the start of World War II, the people of Warsaw, armed with just a few guns and gasoline bombs, rose up against the German occupation of their city. This documentary tells the story of the Warsaw Uprising from the point of view of those who were there.Korea: The Unfinished WarTo fully grasp the ongoing tensions between the United States and North Korea, it is important to understand the war that ended more than fifty years ago.Revisiting VietnamTwenty-five years after the fall of Saigon, the legacy of the war affects lives on both sides of the Pacific.The Few Who StayedIn April 1994, Rwanda exploded into 100 days of violence, killing 800,000 people. Most turned their backs to the bloodshed. Here is the story of those who stayed.Married to the MilitaryDangerous insurgent attacks in Iraq and longer deployments are straining military families. Through audio diaries and extensive interviews with soldiers and their families, the documentary explores the military as a career choice and as a way of life for families - and as an industry in a military town.Massacre at CuskaIn 1999, Serb death squads attacked the ethnic Albanian village of Cuska and left 41 unarmed civilians dead. 1. Language: English. Narrator: uncredited. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/arwt/000051de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.