Thursday, June 12, 2014

Valor Book Review

I have an amazing book to share with all of you called Valor: Unsung Heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan and the Home Front written by Mark Lee Greenblatt.
Valor features the thrilling stories that are the fruit of Mark Lee Greenblatt’s interviews with brave American servicemen from twenty-first-century wars. These soldiers, sailors, and Marines have risked their lives several times over for their country as well as for their fellow troops and civilians. Still, until now, their stories have largely gone unnoticed by the public, perhaps lost in the frenzied and often nasty debate surrounding those conflicts. As the author writes, “This generation does not have an Audie Murphy. I set out to change that with this book.”

Detailing incredible and evocative feats—including an Army pilot who rescued two fellow pilots from a deadly crash in hostile territory and strapped himself to the helicopter’s exterior for the flight to the hospital—Greenblatt provides glimpses into the minds of these men as they face gut-wrenching decisions and overcome enormous odds.

However, this book is much more than tales of riveting action. Each chapter goes beyond linear combat stories to explore each hero’s motivations, dreams, and the genuine emotions that were evoked in the face of extreme danger. Readers will be transported to a variety of settings—from close-quarters urban fighting in Iraq to mountainside ambushes in rural Afghanistan to a midnight rescue in the middle of the Atlantic—as they accompany the men who do not see themselves as heroes but as patriots in the line of duty.
You can purchase Valor on Amazon.

I really enjoyed reading this book because I am a military brat, Dad was in the Army for 22 years, so I always pay special attention to anything that goes on in the military, especially our veterans. This book is so powerful and I was a little dismayed to learn that a few of the men included in the book are no longer with us, but not because they were killed in action, but here at home, except for a few.

It really gives you an upfront and personal view of battles that these brave men fought and mostly survived. It is a rare glimpse into what is going through their minds right before a battle and during. It was really unbelievable what some of them did, even in the face of danger, which by some counts, several of them willingly went into harms way to protect a fallen soldier.

I would have been shaking in my boots and not sure really what I would have done because I have never been in that situation, so I am doubly grateful to these young men who went in my place. I had at one time considered the notion of falling into my father's footsteps but becoming a mother at a young age, that was not an option, but I always wondered what if?

If you love reading about our heroes or are in some way attached to the military through family or a friend, this book is a must read for you. It will lift you up to know that we really do still have heroes to truly look up to and that they are not a forgotten species like some would have us believe.

Happy Reading!

About the Author:

Mark Lee Greenblatt is an attorney based in the Washington, DC, area specializing in criminal and ethics investigations. Mark is involved in several community service activities, including serving as vice president of the Marian Greenblatt Education Fund, a foundation created in honor of his mother to honor excellence in education. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his law degree from Columbia University.

He was also a Senior Managers in Government Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Mark has earned a black belt in tae kwon do and was the drummer in The Fiasco, widely considered the greatest rock-’n’-roll band since The Beatles. He lives with his wife and two sons in Bethesda, Maryland.

To learn more about Mark and the heroes profiled in this book, visit

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.