Purple Hearts, Bronze Stars, Silver Stars … “Where does America get such gallant men?” The earning of these accolades through battles and sacrifice plays a significant role in the book, of course, but also the exploration of that bigger question. Where does the nation fit in? Where does America’s role fit in? What is the underlying system, and does it encourage or discourage gallant men like Gordon Lippman? 

You’ll be contemplating these ideas as you put this book back on your shelf. We didn’t want to shelve the discussion, so we asked the author to elaborate on it, as well as share his own personal reasons for writing and the research that went into creating a sound documentation. Read the review here. Read the interview here.