For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice (Paperback)
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A celebration of the extraordinary courage, dedication, and sacrifice of this generation of American veterans on the battlefield and their equally valuable contributions on the home front.
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and National Book Award nominee Rajiv Chandrasekaran honor acts of uncommon valor in Iraq and Afghanistan, including an army sergeant who runs into a hail of gunfire to protect his comrades; two marines who chose to stand and defend their outpost from an oncoming truck bomb; and a sixty-year-old doctor who joined the navy after his son was killed at war, saving dozens of lives during his service. We also see how veterans turn their leadership skills into community-building initiatives once they return home: former soldiers who aid residents in rebuilding after natural disasters; an infantry officer who trades in a Pentagon job to teach in an inner-city neighborhood; the spouse of a severely injured soldier assisting families in similar positions. These powerful, unforgettable stories demonstrate just how indebted we are to those who protect us and what they have to offer our nation when their military service is over.
About the Author
Howard Schultz is chairman and chief executive officer of Starbucks, where he has been recognized for his leadership, business ethics, and efforts to strengthen communities. He and his wife, Sheri, have pledged extensive support to help veterans make successful transitions to civilian life through the Schultz Family Foundation’s Onward Veterans initiative. Schultz is the best-selling author of Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul and Pour Your Heart Into It.
Rajiv Chandrasekaran is a senior correspondent and associate editor at The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1994. He has been the newspaper’s bureau chief in Baghdad, Cairo, and Southeast Asia, and he has been covering Afghanistan off and on for a decade. Chandrasekaran is the author of Little America and Imperial Life in the Emerald City, which was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2007 by The New York Times.
“These stories leave the reader with a profound sense of [our troops’] selfless sacrifice and, sadly, a profound sense of the gulf that separates the ethos of the military from the contemporary currents of American life….Schultz and Chandrasekaran never suggest that war is good. But the stories they tell are a welcome reminder of what soldiers have always known: that out of difficulty and trauma come a sense of spiritual self-worth and a dedication to the service of others.”
—Maj. Gen. Robert H. Scales, The Wall Street Journal
“Full, vibrant profiles of men and women forever marked by war, who continue to endure and transform both themselves and their communities.”
—The Washington Post
“Harrowing and heroic stories of war and coming home.”
—Maureen Dowd, The New York Times
“Schultz and Chandrasekaran couldn’t be more on point…For Love of Country is important reading.”
—The Huffington Post
“[Schultz and Chandrasekaran] are on target in calling for a societal salute to America’s new generation of veterans.”
—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran have…allowed readers everywhere an up close look at what our country’s war heroes and veterans do for us. The scenes to which we’re made privy are at times heartbreaking, inspiring—or both.”
“Filled with inspiring narratives.”
“Inspiring….will certainly move readers who have served in the military, as well as…fans of military histories and those who have close contact with the courageous soldiers who put their lives on the line.”
“This splendid book should be read by every American. It is a story of heroes, of sacrifice, of valor. But it is also a story of resilience, recovery, and a continuing desire to serve our country and its citizens. You must be made of stone to read this and not shed tears. But the book’s message is that, after the tears, we must not forget the sacrifices those in uniform and their families have made for all of us over the last thirteen years; we must welcome back into our communities those who served not just with thanks and open arms, but with respect, admiration, and new lives and careers worthy of all they have done for all of us.”
—Robert M. Gates, author of Duty
“A truly inspirational, uplifting book, one that will fill you with pride in America’s new Greatest Generation in war and in peace.”
—General David H. Petraeus, U.S. Army, Retired