Stories in Uniform A Look at the Heroics, Laughs, Sorrows, and Tragedies of Our Soldiers Review And Giveaway

Stories in Uniform A Look at the Heroics, Laughs, Sorrows, and Tragedies of Our Soldiers Review And GiveawayStories in Uniform
A Look at the Heroics, Laughs, Sorrows, and Tragedies of Our Soldiers
By Editors of Reader’s Digest
Published by Reader’s Digest
Hardcover: 224 pages
May 2, 2013; $15.99 US/$16.29 CAN; 9781621450634

From boot camp to combat, a collection of Reader’s Digest’s unique, emotional, and wide-ranging coverage of military life.

Stories in Uniform is a chronological retrospective of the best military pieces Reader’s Digest has run; pieces that will make you weep, make your heart sing, inspire you, enrage you, and make you laugh. Beginning in World War I and continuing though to the war in Iraq, readers will follow soldiers into the trenches, peer in on emergency surgery taking place in the depths of the ocean, watch heroes carry the bodies of fallen brethren, trail Eisenhower for the three days leading up to D-Day, and be inspired as men and women rise above and beyond normal human limits to preserve our rights and save their friends.

Stories include:

  • A moving memorial to D-Day
  • A tribute to one of the first African-Americans to serve as a Naval Officer • A pilot rescued after his F-16 is shot down
  • A soldier returns to the front after losing his foot in action
  • An American soldier who takes a big risk to save a dying Afghan girl

This book gives a complete perspective on the hell that is war, the love that grows from camaraderie, the pride from accomplishing the impossible, the humor that springs from the military bureaucracy, and more.

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Julie’s Thoughts: I am a big fan of books like this. I love to read the stories and learn more what it was like in previous wars. I like that the stories come from different points of view. They are not all told from someone who went to war but from the family members too. Each of the stories in the book is short which is nice if you only have a few minutes to read each day. Make sure to keep a tissue by you when you read this book, you will need it.

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6 thoughts on “Stories in Uniform A Look at the Heroics, Laughs, Sorrows, and Tragedies of Our Soldiers Review And Giveaway”

  1. Hi Julie! This sounds like a fantastic book!

    In answer to your question: there is no one in my immediate family that is/was in the military. However, I am getting married to a soldier! Also, my 2nd cousin on my dad’s side is in the Air Force Reserves, and I believe my maternal grandmother’s adopted nephew was active duty Marines for a little while.

  2. My grandfather served in the WWII and two uncles served in Vietnam. Right now one of the kids I babysat (a long time ago) is serving as a Naval Aviator.

  3. My grandfather, my uncles, my cousin, and now my husband have all served in different branches of the military. Our family proudly supports all branches, but I am an especially proud Army wife! I am going to have to check this book out, for sure.

  4. Both of my grandpas were in the military – but my boyfriend is in the army and has served for over 6 years now! I really enjoy reading about military life from all different perspectives – and think this would be a great read!

  5. My Uncle Butch died in Vietnam. I never met him, but I feel close to him. I missed out on knowing a cousin and growing in that family relationship until recently when I found her daughter on facebook and added her and my cousin 🙂

    My grandpa and pipi were both in WWII. I thank God I was able to know them both and still have one around.

    Lastly, on top of many friends whom I consider family, my husband is in the Navy. Along with him, his brother in law is in the Army and his brother was in the Marines (he is now out. Don’t know why, he stopped talking to us once he married and found out his wife didn’t like anyone in his family…only a select few are allowed to have conversations with him at all).

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