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Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave

Honoring the Unsung Heroes in the War on Terror

Caspar W. Weinberger and Wynton C. Hall

Forge Books




They are nineteen of the most highly decorated soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines in the United States military, and yet most Americans don't even know their names. In this riveting, intimate account, former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and Wynton C. Hall tell stories of jaw-dropping heroism and hope in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Home of the Brave takes readers beyond the bullets and battles and into the hearts and minds of the men and women who are fighting terrorists overseas so that America doesn't have to fight them at home. These are the powerful, true-life stories of the hopes, fears, and triumphs these men and women experienced fighting the War on Terror. But more than that, these are the stories of soldiers who risked everything to save lives and defend freedom. Including:

*Lieutenant Colonel Mark Mitchell, the Green Beret leader whose 15-man Special Forces team took 500 Al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners, and posthumously repatriated the body of the first American to die in combat in the War on Terror, CIA agent Johnny "Mike" Spann.

*Army National Guard Sergeant Leigh Ann Hester, the first woman ever to be awarded the Silver Star for combat, whose sharp-shooting and bravery played an enormous role in fighting off over fifty Iraqi insurgents while her ten-person squad protected a convoy of supplies on the way to fellow soldiers.

*Sergeant Rafael Peralta, a Mexican immigrant, enlisted in the Marines the same day he received his green card. Wounded from enemy fire, Peralta used his body to smother the blast of an enemy grenade and gave his life so that his marine brothers could live.

These real-life heroes remind us of American history's most enduring lesson: Ours would not be the land of the free if it were not also the home of the brave.

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Home of the Brave

Marine Captain Brian Chontosh NAVY CROSS

Marine Corporal Armand McCormick SILVER STAR

Marine Sergeant Robert Kerman SILVER STAR


Praise for Home of the Brave

“Finally! The stories about our military heroes we've all been waiting to read. One of the most important books yet written about the War on Terror. Heart-pounding action filled with humanity and hope.” —Sean Hannity on Home of the Brave

“The authors have assembled a wonderful collection of reports of the extraordinary heroism of America's servicemen and women in the War on Terror, reminding us not only of the sacrifices of the men and women in uniform and their families, but of the enormous debt the rest of us owe them for the service that "We the People" have asked them to undertake for us.” —General John W. Vessey, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Home of the Brave

“Riveting sagas of extraordinary heroism in combat by members of our Armed Forces during one of the most difficult, frustrating and critical conflicts in our history. A must read for all Americans who care about the future.” —General P.X. Kelley, USMC (Ret.) 28th Commandant of the Marine Corps on Home of the Brave

About the author

Caspar W. Weinberger and Wynton C. Hall

CASPAR WEINBERGER was Secretary of Defense in the Reagan Administration from 1981-1987. Weinberger is currently chairman of Forbes, Inc. He divides his time between Maine and Washington, D.C.

WYNTON C. HALL is an award-winning presidential scholar and speechwriter. He is the co-author, along with President Ronald Reagan's chief political strategist and pollster, Dick Wirthlin, of The Greatest Communicator: What Ronald Reagan Taught Me about Politics, Leadership, and Life.

Caspar Weinberger

Wynton C. Hall

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