An Important New Book on the Uncommon Valor of Congressional Medal of Honor Winners

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A gripping new book about a unique band of brothers who captured America’s highest military honor.

more than a military book.

The Congressional Medal of Honor represents far more than a badge of courage. It is the ultimate symbol of bravery for the American soldier. Since its creation in 1862, only 3,442 Americans have been granted this award for uncommon valor on the battlefield. Every member of this exclusive club has displayed courage, loyalty and fearlessness in the heat of combat.

Now a new book, Uncommon Valor: The Story of Race, Patriotism, and Glory in the Final Battles of the Civil War (Wiley, December 2005; $25.95/Cloth), captures the lives of a unique band of Medal of Honor recipients who forever changed America. Their selfless sacrifice -- risking life, limb and liberty -- helped hold a young nation together when a fierce civil war threatened to forever tear it apart. This book is especially timely as the Pentagon recently unveiled a widely acclaimed exhibit honoring Medal of Honor recipients.

In Uncommon Valor, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Melvin Claxton and former investigative reporter Mark Puls tell a powerful tale of war, heroism, and liberation as they follow 14 black Medal of Honor recipients into battle. The book, with its riveting depiction of skirmishes and all-out combat, is required reading for every military enthusiast.

Every American who has taken up arms in defense of his country, whether in the Great World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan or Iraq, knows the pride and love of country epitomized by these 14 Medal of Honor winners.

Uncommon Valor, hailed as “riveting” by the Library Journal, is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the character of the American soldier. Robert Coram, author of Boyd: The Fighter Pilot who Changed the Art of War, has praised Uncommon Valor as far “more than a military book.”

It is a book that will leave you with renewed appreciation for the American fighting man. And the reader will find himself cheering and supporting the troops as they make a final, daring charge against the heavily fortified enemy stronghold.

Claxton and Puls are available for interviews for news stories, and copies of the book can be made available upon request to reviewers. For further information please contact Shirley Smith at the email address or telephone number listed above.

About the authors:

Melvin Claxton (Nashville, TN) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist. He has won dozens of national journalism awards. Mark Puls (Detroit, MI) is a former award-winning investigative reporter. He is currently writing a book about the Revolutionary War.

Uncommon Valor is available at local bookstores or online at: In Canada, call 1-800-567-4797

Uncommon Valor:

A Story of Race, Patriotism, and Glory in the Final Battles of the Civil War

By Melvin Claxton and Mark Puls


Publication Date: December 2005


ISBN: 0-471-46823-1

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