Livingston Public Library: “Thank you for your service”: Books, magazines, movies for Military Appreciation Month 2022

May 26, 2022

The month of May has been designated as National Military Appreciation Monthto honor and appreciate the patriotism and dedication shown by members of the armed forces and their families.

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Here are some recently published works on military history, battle stories, war memoirs and military-themed fiction followed by magazines and films, which should remind us of the immense bravery, sacrifice, commitment and dedication shown by our men and women in uniform. All can be borrowed with your Livingston Library Card.

Against All Odds: A True Story of Ultimate Courage and WWII Survival by Alex Kershaw

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Kershaw vividly recounts 600 days of World War II combat endured by the U.S. Army’s Third Infantry Division while focusing on the personalities and exploits of four exceptional soldiers who lived through missions in Morocco, Italy, southern France, Germany and Austria. These four heroes and their comrades have demonstrated that individual and group bravery matters in battle at least as much as superior weapon systems.

Between the devil and the big blue: a novel by Andre Lewis Carter

In the early 1970s, César Alvarez enlisted in the Navy to escape a life of crime; while the decision saves him from the streets, it also places him in the midst of volatile racial tensions at a crucial time in United States history.

Black Ops: The Life of a CIA Shadow Warrior by Ric Prado

A memoir from the highest-ranking secret warrior to lift the veil of secrecy and offer insight into the shadow wars America has fought since the Vietnam era. It is a testament to the courage, creativity and dedication of the Agency’s Special Activities Group and its elite shadow warriors.

Blue Bird by Genevieve Graham

A dazzling novel set during the Great War and post-war Prohibition about a young nurse, a soldier, and a family secret that binds them together for generations to come.

Lucky Shit: One Man’s Courage in the Bloodiest Military Campaign in Aviation History by Kevin Maurer

Journalist Maurer delivers a comprehensive account of bomber pilot John “Lucky” Luckadoo’s experiences during World War II. A B-17 Flying Fortress pilot, he miraculously survived 25 missions during the initial bombardment of France and Germany from England, considered the deadliest military campaign in aviation history; his group became known as “The Bloody 100th”.

The Education of Corporal John Musgrave: A Memoir by John Musgrave

In this sobering memoir, Musgrave reflects on his tour of Vietnam and his anti-war advocacy after surviving a serious injury. After sustaining a life-threatening chest injury, Musgrave returned to the United States with a Purple Heart, but his veteran status made him a target for the anti-war movement. This exacerbated his own doubts about the war—prompted by the loss of life he saw from friendly fire and the inferior firearms his team was tasked with—and led Musgrave to become an outspoken opponent of the war.

Every day is a gift: a memoir by Tammy Duckworth

The Iraq War veteran recounts her impoverished childhood, her decision to join the military, the months spent recovering from the RPG attack that shot down her helicopter and nearly claimed her life, and her subsequent mission to serve. in an elected office.

Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese-American Heroes in World War II by Daniel James Brown

In the days and months after Pearl Harbor, the lives of Japanese Americans across the continent and in Hawaii changed forever. In this unforgettable chronicle of wartime America and the battlefields of Europe, Daniel James Brown portrays the journey of Rudy Tokiwa, Fred Shiosaki and Kats Miho, who volunteered for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and have been deployed in France, Germany and Italy. , where they were asked to do the near impossible. Brown also tells the story of the parents of these soldiers, immigrants forced to submit to life in concentration camps on American soil.

Immortal Valor: WWII Black Medal of Honor Winners by Robert Child

The remarkable story of the seven African-American soldiers ultimately received the WWII Medal of Honor and the 50-year campaign to deny them recognition.

In the company of heroes: the inspiring stories of Medal of Honor recipients from America’s longest wars in Afghanistan and Iraq by James Kitfield

This book features detailed narrative profiles of the twenty-five post-9/11 Medal of Honor recipients who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. The stories of these extraordinary people are told in their own voice through individual interviews and, in the case of posthumous awards, through interviews with their brothers in arms and their families.

red burning sky by Tom Young

A powerfully authentic and thrilling saga based on the true story of Operation Halyard, the boldest and most successful rescue mission of World War II, from air combat veteran and acclaimed author Tom Young.

Soldier Parrott: The Incredible Story of the First US Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient by J. North Conway

This is the gripping tale of how Jacob Parrott, an illiterate 18-year-old orphan from Ohio became the first soldier to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. Parrott, a Union Army soldier, volunteered in 1862 for a secret mission behind Confederate lines to rob a train, destroy railroad tracks, burn bridges, and cut telegraph lines. The mission failed. Parrott and his companions were captured. Several were hanged as spies, and Parrott spent nearly two years in a Confederate prison.

The digital challenges of military history magazine are available to check out on Overdrive.

You can stream a variety of videos related to military history on Kanopy

Or why not play one of these acclaimed war-themed movies available in the library’s library DVD collection and remember our military brothers this Memorial Day weekend?

Black Hawk Down


Full Metal Jacket: A Stanley Kubrick Film

the outpost


Saving Private Ryan

-Archana, Adult Services and Acquisitions Librarian

This press release was produced by Livingston Public Library. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.

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