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Choosing Courage: True Stories of Heroism from Soldiers and Civilians

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  240 ratings  ·  70 reviews
What turns an ordinary person into a hero? What happens in the blink of an eye on a battlefield (or in any dangerous situation) to bring out true courage? The men and women who have been recognized by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation know the answers to these questions deep in their hearts. We learn of Jack Lucas, a 13-year-old who kept his real age a secret so ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by Artisan (first published April 14th 2015)
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Molly Dettmann
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Uhhhh! Y'all are lying if you didn't tear up at least a little during this book. Really great set of real-life stories of heroes. Most of it is about Medal of Honor recipients from most of our major wars, but the last bit about civilian heroes was very touching. I also enjoyed the little vignettes in-between which explained some of the people/places/and more that are mentioned. I also appreciated that though these stories are supposed to honor these people and show their incredible bravery, it d ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Each chapter features a different soldier. The stories are succinct and are a nice, brief overview of their life and the courage they possessed in difficult times.

Some of these stories are more quiet acts of courage, which I appreciated. Not every story is about throwing yourself on a grenade, etc. These are not soldiers that were in it for the glory. These are people who did what they needed to do, regardless of the danger their own lives were in. I appreciate the few female stores (there prob
Haley S
This book is simply amazing. I just couldn't put it down. And it usually takes me at least two weeks to finish a non fiction book. Some of the quotes were so inspiring. I think everyone should read this book. I LOVED IT!!!
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-and-kidlit
I have mixed feelings about this book. Certainly the people it profiles are remarkable courageous, all of them heroes in one way or another. And many of their stories are compelling. I'm also pleased to see that the stories of some people of color are highlighted, as well as the stories of how they were often not awarded their medals until many years later. But. One, I feel like this book--despite a few rather weak attempts to the contrary--glorifies war. It seems to suggest that war is what mak ...more
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Peter Collier has collected some amazing stories in this book about heroes. While many of the accounts shared focus on recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, there are some that don't. The stories about ordinary people who do extraordinary things are particularly touching, such as the middle school teacher who talks down an armed fourteen-year-old, putting her own life on the line for her students. These kind of stories I find particularly touching in the face of modern day celebrity wo ...more
Feb 09, 2017 added it
I finished this a while ago, but it was a pretty good book. I usually don't like reading biographies or auto-biographies, because they're usually pretty boring. But this book, even though it's a collective biography, had an actual story line, and each small story was interesting and intense, making me want to read more.
Margaret Willoughby
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The collection has stories by different authors, so the writing is uneven. That said, I found lots to love about this book and the hero's stories therein.
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever wonder what your grandparents did when they were younger? This is your chance to see what they went through but through a different point of view. What they have be through. Where they were when what ever happen to them.This book tells whats happen during the wars and what happened to the people that served in the wars.

The author of my book is Peter Collier. He has wrote the book named Wings of Valor. He has won the medal of honor foundation. He typically writes historical fictio
Abigail Z.
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Choosing Courage, inspiring true stories of what it means to be a hero by Peter Collier, you take a journey into the past where you experience heroic stories that the soldiers/heros got medals of honor for. They got these medals for the people they have single handedly fought off like Tibor Rubin. The heros who have saved lives, like Desmond Doss. There are people who wanted to fight for justice and the good of our country, like Vernon Baker. These recognized of the many soldiers have shown c ...more
Sean Ames
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read the book Choosing Courage by Peter Collier. Its a non fiction book. Choosing Courage is a book with different soldiers stories. What kept me interested in this book is the different stories and how each soldier responded to different situations. I didn't dislike how the author wrote it because he wrote it as the soldier told him. This book can inspire you greatly, nothing in this book will disappoint you, Every soldier in this book is a hero. In one of the stories a young boy he's 14 and ...more
Ms. Patterson
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
CHOOSING COURAGE tells the stories of Medal of Honor winners from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan. Each profile begins with general information about the subject -- birthdate/death date (if applicable), hometown, dates of service, and a quote. The stories are separated by conflict and told chronologically, starting with WWII. In between some of the profiles, there are short articles about subjects related to the conflict or time period.

This will be a good book for teens interested
Ally Michaelis
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love reading more about history and military books which is why I liked reading this book so much. The book goes through many wars and many peoples stories. The book has so many stories of medal of honor recipients from WWII to Afghanistan, while also having the stories of civilians in 9/11 and school shootings. With all the different perspectives in the book because it is a person's story it keeps you really intrigued because no one is is the same. This books was a great read and a very well ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a powerful and thought provoking book. This book pulls no punches, but it is through that honesty that it truly resonates. While a quick read, this book is a mix of retelling and personal accounts of those who have earned the Medal of Honor. The book has a blend of storytelling and informational nonfiction that works incredibly well. Choosing Courage is great for any reader but especially for our reluctant readers who prefer nonfiction. With glorifying the courage of others and not glori ...more
Uncle  Dave Avis
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book that tells the story of several men and women who were honored with the Medal of Honor. The book does great honor to all who served and as many of the Medal recipients said, they are just holding the medal for all who served.
Good stories that make the reader appreciate those who chose courage. If not you - then who? If not now - then when?
I highly recommend this book to you.
Charlie Costanza
"I did a superman dive on the grenade but when I got hit I wasnt" (Page 24). I love this line because it shows the definition of a real hero and a selfless person. It shows that some good people put others first before themselves. One other good quote in this book is "Do your your best and put no shame on your family." (Page 96). I like this passage because it shows the value of your family and how you want to keep a good name on your family.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lonestar-list
I'm 1/42 of the way through and this is just not compelling narrative non-fiction! The author doesn't have a distinctive voice and many of the biographical snippets sound very similar. I do find the foreward in which the author basically says you have to serve in the military in order to be a hero pretty gross. It glosses over real problems like PTSD and serviceman violence, but it does at least include enlisted men and women of color. Its just terribly dry and I doubt a kid who wasn't desperate ...more
Connie Davis Johnson
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We often forget men and women are sacrificing so much to keep us safe from terrorism and other horrors. This book is a great reminder of the unbelievable lengths people will go to in order to carry out their mission of saving others. True heroes! If you need your faith restored in humanity, this is a great read!
Sean Simons
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I rated this book at five stars because it had many engaging short story's that were filled with action and heroic actions. Also the story's were ordered in chronological order, starting in the early 1900s war stories and going up in years. Some of the stories were very emotional and some were just very moving.
Amy Renkel
I learned a lot about how grateful we should be for everyday heroes. I learned a lot about military heroes, and how hard they work to keep our country free and to assist in the freedom/protection of other countries. There were a lot of things that made me think about simple everyday situations where we can choose to take care of others, no matter what else is happening.
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Name that Book 2017-2018/Lonestar 2017-2018. I enjoyed many of the true stories found in this book, and appreciated that it gave background information about the history surrounding the stories. I would have liked fewer stories with more details, but overall found the book interesting.
Lucas Thompkins
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I completely recommend reading this book because it talks about what people have gone through, what they have lost and what they did in order to gain something and it made me more appreciative for what I have and made me realize that some people have it harder than others.
Joey Hammer
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book very interesting. These people put their lives at risk and saved others. They did not win The Medal Of Honor, they were honored it. This book is very good for anyone that is interested in the military and US History. I gave this a 5/5 because it is very inspiring.
Nova Syzygy
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
I think I started reading this book last year, but I don't remember if I ever finished it.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
An easy read and short selection of MoH recipients’ stories, but nonetheless inspiring and thoughtful.
Grayson Ambrosh
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think it’s a great book
Rosa S
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a very inspirational and humbling read. It's also a strong reminder of the importance of standing for our flag. Freedom is not free.
Beckett Kot
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's a great book if you love to learn about wars. And peoples stories during the world.
Raymond Chen
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
really liked it
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: lone-star-2017
I chose some different stories to read out of this book. They were all quick to read and inspiring.
Harley Clark
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it's a good book if your into real life stories of real life heros
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Founder of Encounter Books in California, Collier was head publisher from 1998-05. He cofounded the Center for the Study of Popular Culture with David Horowitz. He does many projects with this red diaper baby turned rightwing zionist. He publishes on his website FrontpageMagazine. He was also coorganizer of 2nd Thoughts conferences for leftists who'd moved right.

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