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

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ISBN: 9781101874462

For Love of Country celebrates the extraordinary heroism on the battlefield and the equally valuable contributions on the home front of this generation's American veterans, in a collection of compelling, original portraits by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and National Book Award nominee Rajiv Chandrasekaran.

The first half of this extraordinary book honors acts of remarkable valor in Iraq and Afghanistan, including an army sergeant who runs into a hail of gunfire multiple times to protect his comrades, two marines who chose to stand and defend their outpost from an oncoming truck bomb--­instead of running to safety--­giving their lives to protect thirty-­three comrades, and a sixty-­year-­old doctor who joined the navy and saved the lives of dozens after his son was killed at war. The second half shows how post-­9/11 veterans are plowing their leadership skills and commitment to service into initiatives to strengthen and rebuild our nation. Among them are former soldiers who help residents dig out after natural disasters, those who are helping to turn around inner-­city neighborhoods, a general seeking to find new ways to treat brain injuries, and an army spouse who is helping wives whose husbands have lost multiple limbs in war. We see the challenges some of our returning troops face--­joblessness, homelessness, post-­traumatic stress--­but we also learn of the remarkable skills, and courage, they have acquired.

By sharing these stories, by celebrating individual accomplishments there and here, the book aims to help bridge the divide in our society between our civilian and military populations, shattering stereotypes of our veterans as broken, angry, and needy.

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