The Gulf War was the first American war with women in combat command positions, and Captain Karen Emma Walden was one of the best. Yet when her Medevac, a Huey, was shot down over enemy territory, Captain Walden became a casualty, along with one of her men. Now the Army wants to give Captain Walden a medal—the kind fastened on so many men in wars past, but never before on a woman. And Lieutenant Colonel Nat Serling's investigation into Walden's career could help revive his own. He'd been a rising star in the war, but his command of a raid that accidentally fired on its own men has destroyed confidence in him. Now he has the chance to show what kind of job he can do with a delicate mission. Soon Serling discovers that this investigation is far from routine: he finds soldiers wounded more than just physically, stories that don't jibe, mysterious lapses of memory. He must navigate the codes of silence, honor, and loyalty to uncover the truth about the Captain's death—a truth that could destroy Walden's reputation but save Serling's career.
Testing Epictetus's Doctrines in a Laboratory of Human Behavior
Author: James B. Stockdale
Publisher: Hoover Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
When physical disability from combat wounds brought about Jim Stockdale's early retirement from military life, he had the distinction of being the only three-star officer in the history of the navy to wear both aviator wings and the Congressional Medal of Honor. His writings have been many and varied, but all converge on the central theme of how man can rise with dignity to prevail in the face of adversity.
Profiles in Bravery from the Battlefields of the Civil War
Author: Wiley Sword
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
"If it is necessary that I should fall on the battlefield for . . . my courage does not halt or falter" – Major Sullivan Ballou, 1861, prior to the Battle of Bull Run In Courage Under Fire, award-winning historian Wiley Sword captures the fervor of a nation at war with itself; a war that pitted brother against brother. Through the immediacy of diaries and letters written not only on the battlefields and in camps but also on the deathbeds of soldiers from both the North and South, Sword lays bare the complexities and depth of a soldier's mind in coming to grips with life and death – even while his country, and often his family, is mercilessly ripped apart. From wives and mothers to the highest military figures, all strived toward often worthy but difficult objectives, while seeking to suffer as little as possible. Featured in this compelling study of men and women facing the severest stress of their lives are fascinating stories such as that of Union Lieutenant Colonel Frank Curtiss. He was ordered to take his regiment, the 127th Illinois, in a hopeless charge against the enemy's fortified lines at Atlanta, Ga. on August 3, 1864. Aware that many of his men would die needlessly and for minimal tactical gain, he refused to obey these orders. The moral courage to fight meant also to appropriately assess the risks and weigh the loss in lives of one's soldiers. Confederate General John Bell Hood's decision to sacrifice much of his army at Franklin, Tennessee on November 30th 1864, ranks as one of the saddest events of the war. His aggressive behavior is assessed in terms of both moral and physical courage, providing a revealing insight into the character of one of the war's key commanders. The prospect of death in battle was a fearsome prospect for Lucy Morse, who kept desperate hope her husband, William H. Morse, would survive the fighting. She wrote to him,"I was almost crazy before I heard from you for fear that you had shared the fate of many a brave soldier." Her story and that of the fateful events in their lives provides graphic evidence of the fiber of America's soldiers and their worthy families. In a revealing portrait of courage and its often bloody consequences, Wiley Sword conveys a vivid picture of bravery under extreme stress, which is fully appropriate in today's world.
A Qualitative Analysis Examining the Resilience Capacity of Black Women Superintendents in Urban School Districts
Author: Darienne Brenda Driver
Category: African American school superintendents
This dissertation examines the resilience capacity of Black women superintendents through a qualitative analysis of their personal and professional experiences as urban superintendents. Resilience represents the motivational energy that individuals use as they confront chronic or crisis-generated adversity. Urban superintendents must develop mechanisms to address and overcome adversity or perceived challenges while advancing their school reform agendas. A critical factor in managing change is the degree to which these leaders demonstrate resilience. I designed an interpretative phenomenological analysis, which focuses on the perceived adversities of eight retired Black women superintendents and how they developed their capacity for resilience. Through in-depth interviewing and archival document analysis, I gathered the following information: Descriptions of their experiences as they became superintendents. Their coping mechanisms when confronted with perceived adversity during the superintendency. Resilience strategies developed by the participants throughout their careers.
A unique, full-color, action-packed collection of true stories of astounding bravery from the front lines of present and past conflicts fought by the British Armed Forces. Real Heroes combines fast-paced, adrenalin-fueled stories from the front lines of Afghanistan, World War II and World War I. Blending exciting visual content on soldiers' kit, weaponry, and survival tactics with graphic illustrations of real-life stories and first-person accounts of everyday bravery, Real Heroes is a rousing, high-octane celebration of Britain's fighting men and women, as well as the courage of the loved ones who await their return on the home front. Real Heroes is the perfect gift for anyone who wants to support our troops—proceeds from the book will be donated to Help for Heroes, a tremendous charity set up to support the men and women of the British Armed Forces who are wounded in the line of duty. Blisteringly exciting, eye-catching, and informative, Real Heroes is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn more about modern warfare, or simply enjoys a fast-paced account of real courage, comradeship, and battle.
A killer in the shadows watches…and waits The thrilling True Blue K-9 Unit continues A deadly stalker has rookie K-9 officer Lani Branson in his crosshairs, and he won’t stop until she’s dead. Her boss, K-9 police chief Noah Jameson, won’t let that happen on his watch, especially since there’s a chance this is the same person who killed his brother. Can they unmask the murderer who’s been terrorizing the unit before he strikes again?
Provide readers with gripping real life accounts from members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. From the battlefields of the Civil War to the dusty deserts of the War in Afghanistan, the courage of the United States fighting men and women is on full display. These dramatic, action packed, and absorbing narratives of bravery shape important perspectives of war.