The Gift of Valor by Michael M. Phillips audiobook

The Gift of Valor: A War Story

By Michael M. Phillips
Read by Michael Prichard

Random House Audio
7.42 Hours Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781415926376

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The true story of US Marine Corporal Jason Dunham's brave act that saved fellow Marines and earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor. Corporal Dunham was on patrol near the Syrian border, on April 14, 2004, when a black-clad Iraqi leaped out of a car and grabbed him around his neck. Fighting hand-to-hand in the dirt, Dunham saw his attacker drop a grenade and made the instantaneous decision to place his own helmet over the explosive in the hope of containing the blast and protecting his men. When the smoke cleared, Dunham’s helmet was in shreds, and the corporal lay face down in his own blood. The Marines beside him were seriously wounded. Dunham was subsequently nominated for the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’ s highest award for military valor. Phillips’s minute-by-minute chronicle of the chaotic fighting that raged throughout the area and culminated in Dunham’s injury provides a grunt’s-eye view of war as it’s being fought today—fear, confusion, bravery, and suffering set against a brotherhood forged in combat. His account of Dunham’s eight-day journey home and of his parents’ heartrending reunion with their son powerfully illustrates the cold brutality of war and the fragile humanity of those who fight it. Dunham leaves an indelible mark upon all who know his story, from the doctors and nurses who treat him, to the readers of the original Wall Street Journal article that told of his singular act of valor.

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Summary

Summary

The true story of US Marine Corporal Jason Dunham's brave act that saved fellow Marines and earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor. Corporal Dunham was on patrol near the Syrian border, on April 14, 2004, when a black-clad Iraqi leaped out of a car and grabbed him around his neck. Fighting hand-to-hand in the dirt, Dunham saw his attacker drop a grenade and made the instantaneous decision to place his own helmet over the explosive in the hope of containing the blast and protecting his men. When the smoke cleared, Dunham’s helmet was in shreds, and the corporal lay face down in his own blood. The Marines beside him were seriously wounded. Dunham was subsequently nominated for the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’ s highest award for military valor. Phillips’s minute-by-minute chronicle of the chaotic fighting that raged throughout the area and culminated in Dunham’s injury provides a grunt’s-eye view of war as it’s being fought today—fear, confusion, bravery, and suffering set against a brotherhood forged in combat. His account of Dunham’s eight-day journey home and of his parents’ heartrending reunion with their son powerfully illustrates the cold brutality of war and the fragile humanity of those who fight it. Dunham leaves an indelible mark upon all who know his story, from the doctors and nurses who treat him, to the readers of the original Wall Street Journal article that told of his singular act of valor.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Thanks to Phillips' clear, dispassionate prose, Dunham … is becoming a symbol of the Marines. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Stands head and shoulders above previous Iraq books and will quickly [become] a 'must-read.' Proceedings Magazine, U.S. Naval Institute
Affecting….moving. New York Times Book Review
“Affecting…Moving.” New York Times Book Review
If you have any desire to learn about the Marines, this book is well worth your time. Armchair General Magazine
“Thanks to Phillips’ clear, dispassionate prose, Dunham…is becoming a symbol of the Marines.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Stands head and shoulders above previous Iraq books and will quickly [become] a ‘must-read.’” Proceedings
“If you have any desire to learn about the Marines, this book is well worth your time.” Armchair General
“A memorable narrative tribute…This realistic, gritty portrayal of loss and its aftermath personalizes events behind daily headlines.” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Michael M. Phillips

Author Bio: Michael M. Phillips

Michael M. Phillips is a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal and has done four tours in Iraq with the Third Battalion, Seventh Marines. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and two children. 

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 7.42
Audience: Adult
Language: English