For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice

Schultz, Howard & . 5 CDs. 6 hrs. Books on Tape. 2014. ISBN 9781101889152. $30. digital download. HIST
Starbucks CEO Schultz and Chandrasekaran (national editor, the Washington Post) attempt to narrow the gap of understanding between U.S. veterans and an increasingly disconnected civilian population. Listeners will hear a variety of short stories featuring feats of valor, resilience, and compassion committed by U.S. veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. This work has plenty of battlefield heroics but digs deeper into the sacrifices and ongoing battles veterans face at home. Listeners will also learn about the sacrifices of military spouses and their efforts to make a positive change for returning veterans. This work is both celebratory of military heroes and a call to action for civilians. Schultz and Chandrasekaran demonstrate the value of our veterans and the impact their incredible skill sets can have on the home front. This book counters the myth that veterans are damaged goods and shines a light on ways veterans make this country great. Chandrasekaran's capable narration makes for easy listening. His deep connection to the message shines through.
VERDICT A great book for fans of military nonfiction and supporters of the military. ["While most readers will be unable to support veterans in the manner Schultz now does through his company and foundation, the authors will likely have some success in bridging the civilian-military divide," read the starred review of the Knopf hc, LJ 11/1/14.]
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