Medal of Honor by Peter Collier
Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty

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On October 25, 2010, Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta became the first living person since the Vietnam War to receive the United States’ highest military decoration, and both he and Sergeant Leroy Petry (the second inductee) rightly take their place in the pages of this third edition of Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty. The book includes 144 contemporary portraits of recipients by award-winning photographer Nick Del Calzo and profiles by National Book Award nominee Peter Collier. First published on Veterans Day 2003, this New York Times bestseller has now been updated and augmented to include new essays plus:

• Letters from all living presidents • A foreword by Brian Williams • Profiles of Sergeant Giunta and Sergeant Petry

There are also essays by Tom Brokaw, Senator John McCain, and Victor Davis Hanson, and a multimedia DVD with historic footage and recipients’ first-person reflections. The Medal of Honor recipients in the book fought in conflicts from World War II to Afghanistan, serving in every branch of the armed services.

About Peter Collier

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Peter Collier is author of numerous esteemed biographies of America's dynastic families, including books on the Rockefellers, the Kennedys, the Roosevelts, and the Fords, as well as The Destructive Generation: Second Thoughts About the Sixties. Portraitist Nick del Calzo created The Triumphant Spirit, a book of portraits and profiles of Holocaust survivors. He traveled to more than 25 states to photograph these recipients over the course of nearly five years. Tom Brokaw, a native of South Dakota, graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in political science. He began his journalism career in Omaha & Atlanta before joining NBC News in 1966. Brokaw was the White House correspondent for NBC News during Watergate, & from 1976 to 1981 he anchored Today on NBC. He's been the sole anchor & managing editor of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw since 1983. Brokaw has won every major award in broadcast journalism, including two DuPonts, a Peabody Award, & several Emmys. He is the author of the bestselling books "The Greatest Generation" & "The Greatest Generation Speaks". He lives in New York & Montana.
Published September 16, 2003 by Artisan. 253 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, War. Non-fiction

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This group portrait of most of the living recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor has an entry for each recipient, including a photo portrait at the time of the award, a summary of the medal-winning action and sometimes (though not often enough) the later career.

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