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Quiet Hero

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  174 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews

When a father reveals his haunting past, a daughter takes an incredible journey of self-discovery . . .

Emmy award–winning journalist, TV host, and New York Times bestselling author Rita Cosby has always asked the tough questions in her interviews with the world’s top newsmakers. Now, in a compelling and powerful memoir, she reveals how she uncovered an amazing personal st

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Jun 25, 2010 Wanda rated it liked it
This book is the story of Rita Cosy's re-connecting with her father after her mom's death. Her father was in the Warsaw Uprising and he kept much of himself and his story shut off from her. This book tells the story of their journey to a full parent-child relationship and his story as a member of the famous Eaglets -- who were saboteurs and couriers for the A.K.
I went back and forth with this between 2 and 3 stars. I wanted to give it a 2 because it is not particularly splendidly written. Sort
May 19, 2016 Sue rated it liked it
Shelves: history
When the author was a little girl, she knew that her father carried ugly physical scars on much of his body that he refused to explain, that he was emotionally distant from his own wife and children, and that he could quickly make a life-altering decision and never look back. What she did not know was why. This book is the answer to that "why" -- an answer she did not know until her father was in his 80's.

Richard Cosby, born Ryszard Kossobudzki, was 13 years old when the Nazis bombed Warsaw, the
Oct 14, 2010 Shimmywith4 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it
What a wonderful read. So many WWII stories focus on the evils of the Holocaust, and that is definitely needed. But I loved how this book wasn't about the horrors it was about the heroes. It was about why so many risked everything. It was about why we fight so hard for what we hold dear to us. It was also about how events, especially those seen in war, can effect and change people for the rest of their lives. And how important it can be for us to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of othe ...more
Nov 11, 2010 Sue rated it it was amazing
This is another "must read" book. Rita Cosby has not only presented an eyewitness account to the Resistance Movement in Poland during World War II, she has captured a personal story that is invaluable to her brother, father, herself and many, many others. What she discovered about her father must make others, whose fathers served in the war, wonder about the details of their dad's service. How many of them got the opportunity to learn the personal thoughts and hardships that their fathers endure ...more
Feb 19, 2016 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, memoirs
I enjoyed this book mainly because of the account of Richard Cosby or Ryszard Kossobudzki's life. The amount of guts and courage and determination the man had and continues to have is awe-inspiring. At the beginning of the war, Kossobudzki had the opportunity to leave Poland and escape occupation. He turned it down. He was only 15 when he got involved in the Polish Resistance during the Second World War being that he lied and said he was a year older in order to enlist. He took part in the Warsa ...more
Mar 23, 2012 Linda rated it liked it
My first WWII book (that I can recall)dealing with personal experiences of the Polish during Hitler's rampage. The author (Fox News anchor; Rita Cosby) writes about her father, whose past she never knew. He was totally silent about his experiences growing up in Poland before he immigrated to the USA. As a girl she once asked him about the horrid scars on his back, but he never explained them to her. Years later, she slowly uncovers the truth about her father's heroic history. He was one of the c ...more
Nov 28, 2014 Kathy rated it it was amazing
I have already recommended this book to a couple of people. Not only does this book describe the horrors the people of Poland suffered during World War II, but also the specific trials the author's father went through. And, to top it off, it is the story of how a father & daughter, who did not know each other very well, draw closer. The daughter was able to interview her father in such a way (& at the right time in his life) that he opened up about his experiences. It was an amazing book ...more
Sep 21, 2014 Sandy rated it it was amazing
Rita Cosby, renowned TV correspondent, grew up with a father who was distant and demanded perfection. Because he shared very little about himself, she couldn't understand him and knew very little about her ancestry. Years pass, her parents divorce, and her mother passes away. While going through her mother's belongings, she finds a battered old suitcase that belonged to her father. In it, she finds stark momentos from her father's youth growing up in Poland. They lead her to reconnect with him t ...more
While not remarkably well-written, there is a sweet element of respect and love for a father from a daughter. It's clear that the author, Rita Cosby, was hurt as a child by her father's stand-offish manners. But after framing his quirks against the Warsaw Uprising and surviving the Stalag B, Cosby reaches understanding and compassion for the man who is her father.

The book isn't an easy read. There is a monotony about it. One can imagine these tales being shared across the kitchen table. As they
Sep 08, 2015 Lea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-z, off-my-shelf
Genuine story of bravery and hope! Rita Cosby shares her father's incredibly emotional and gripping account of fighting with the Resistance during the Warsaw Uprising, surviving massive injuries in a crude field hospital, escaping from a brutal German POW camp, and reinventing himself in America. I couldn't put this book down!
Oct 03, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
I had to read this book as a requirement for a crisis intervention class and I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed it and how emotional I felt reading it. An amazing story of a Polish POW recalling his experiences during WWII 65 years later with his daughter. The author who is his daughter and a journalist shows us it's never too late to right wrongs with a loved one while learning about her father's past. I would highly recommend.
Nov 12, 2010 Kathy rated it liked it
This is a touching true story about the Polish resistance during WWII as told by journalist Rita Cosby as she discovers why her father, though alive, was not present during much of her life. Favorite quote: "Many people accept relationships with parents or other loved ones as just being the way they are, distant or complicated, and feel the wall between them is too high to climb. I've always been an optimist, but my relationship with my father was one challenge I was always pessimistic about. I ...more
Dec 19, 2013 Dave rated it liked it
Received a complimentary copy from Rita Cosby at a conference I attended. Unbelievable story about her father, a member of the Polish Resistance during WWII, but knowing Cosby's background as a journalist and professional interviewer, I expected some deeper, more analytical lines of questioning. At times it sounded more like a high school biographical report with questions along the lines of, "And then what happened?" It's probably not quite easy to interview an estranged family member, so I don ...more
Jun 28, 2013 Michele rated it really liked it
I don't often read non-fiction but this book was recommended by a friend of the author. I have since met her, too! I can hear Rita's voice while I was reading it like she was telling me about it personally. It's a terrific read - both a personal account and a first-hand history lesson. What horrors the people of Poland suffered, and what a man her father was to fight for right over might. I have already recommended it to others. I'm glad she shared her family history, and it's one that should ma ...more
Alice Sokoloski
Aug 05, 2014 Alice Sokoloski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Because of my Polish heritage I was drawn to this book. It was educational as well as a telling a real life story. A beautiful tribute to the strength of the human spirit.
Nov 05, 2010 Ginger rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful biography of a brave man that served in the Polish resistance, and his daughters quest to find out who her really is. Through their journey together, their relationship grows. It is a beautifully written story, and the first story I have read that dealt directly with Poland experiences during World War II.
Jun 16, 2010 Naomi rated it really liked it
I didn't have high hopes for this book...Coming from a journalist/news anchor, I thought it would be a blowhard book. This was anything but that! This book made me cry at parts with the obvious love that RC has for her father and a coming to terms and an understanding with mistakes he made in his past.
Mar 18, 2011 Lindy rated it really liked it
Although I wasn't in love with the question/answer style of writing (but do understand why it was used), I was amazed at the things this man did to survive (walk through a pitch-dark sewer system and escape from a POW cam) and how matter-of-fact he spoke of the events he experienced.
Pat Hayes
Oct 29, 2010 Pat Hayes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not just a touching story of a woman connecting with her father once again, but history about the beginning of WWII that hasn't been told before. About how Poland tried to stop Germany from invading and what the youth went through and died for.
Jul 14, 2010 Elena rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a well written book with photos. The author, a former MSNBC reporter, learned more about her father's heroism in Poland during WWII. Through interviews with her father she learned more about the Polish underground.
Vicky Zapf
Jan 07, 2013 Vicky Zapf rated it it was amazing
One of the most amazing true-life stories from WWII that I have ever read. God Bless that greatest generation of men whether they hail from the USA, England or, in this case, Poland. Beautifully told by Rita Cosby.
Jan 11, 2013 Hillary rated it really liked it
Loved the history aspect of this book. The photos at the end of the book are great. I love reading about Holocaust and other WWII stories. I do love reading about history and the war.
Marla Milligan
Nov 01, 2010 Marla Milligan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are so many that love their Country and would die for it. This is a tender story about a young man's courage to fight for Poland and of family forgiveness. Very humbling !
Julie Goff
May 05, 2012 Julie Goff rated it really liked it
Having been to Poland and being very interested in its role in WWII I was so interested in this book. It is written so well. I plan to read this again sometime.
May 21, 2011 Ross rated it it was amazing
I started reading this and could not put it down . Great book about a woman rebuilding a relationship with her dad by discovering his seceret past.
Apr 18, 2013 Kathryn rated it liked it
I loved this book. Sometimes a little sappy, but what a great history of WWII Warsaw, Poland and the Resistance.
Really interesting!
Sep 05, 2010 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
This is a very good story of a daughters search of her fathers past. He was a teenager in Poland during the war. A true story.
Nov 01, 2011 MaryAnn rated it it was amazing
A great read. Very interesting history of Poland during WWII as well as understanding what shapes your parent.
Feb 08, 2012 Sharon rated it liked it
Although the fathers experience was very interesting, I didn't feel the author drew in the reader.
April Sandmeyer
Nov 29, 2010 April Sandmeyer rated it it was amazing
A daughter's lovely tribute to her hero father.
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