COM­PAS­SION­ATE SOL­DIER

Re­mark­able True Sto­ries of Mercy, Hero­ism, and Honor from the Bat­tle­field

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Jerry Bor­row­man, Shadow Moun­tain, Hard­cover $19.99 (208pp), 978-1-62972-292-4

Fame and for­tune has ap­peal, but who among us wouldn’t like to be a gen­uine hero? Why don’t they rise out of the mass of hu­man­ity more of­ten? Per­haps it’s that part about risk­ing life and limb. And while mil­i­tary train­ing has proven to be ex­cel­lent breed­ing ground for brav­ery and sac­ri­fice, the an­nals of bat­tle­field ex­ploits don’t of­ten in­clude acts of sym­pa­thy and com­pas­sion. War is hell, gen­er­ally.

Com­pas­sion­ate Sol­dier brings to light fif­teen ex­tra­or­di­nary sto­ries of mercy dur­ing wartime, from the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion to the Iraq War. An ex­pe­ri­enced hand at com­pelling war his­tory, Jerry Bor­row­man has a keen sense of honor and ethics on the bat­tle­field, which serves to pro­vide cru­cial con­text—we come to re­al­ize a bet­ter, rarer def­i­ni­tion of hero.

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