Why We Fight: Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines Talk About America, Service, Family and Freedom
"Keeney highlights the honorableness of military life itself—on the one hand, its virtues are intense reflections of small-town values, and on the other hand, it is the gateway to extraordinary displays of heroism. The author takes readers on a meandering tour of America’s military past—this is clearly not intended as a scholarly or even popular history but rather a patriotic celebration of the country’s triumphs. " Kirkus Reviews
A book about patriotism, the flag and defending our American love of freedom. Freedom is one of life’s most precious commodities and yet it is always under attack. This is a new book in praise of the military and the men and women who guard our freedoms. With powerful quotes in tribute to veterans and service members by Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, George Marshall, Stephen Ambrose, and many others. An ideal gift. Lavishly illustrated with 90 photos of service men and women and conflicts from WWII to present day Ukraine and Afghanistan. Kirkus review.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” Ronald Reagan
“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” G.K. Chesterton
Author Quote: “I am neither Army, Air Force, Navy or Marine," said Douglas Keeney, the author of Why We Fight. "However, I felt it was time to do a book about the American imperative to safeguard our freedoms and the sacrifices of our service men and women to that cause. If with this book -- and in this small way -- I personally contribute to our country and the cause of freedom, then I can rest easy." Abraham Lincoln said much the same thing when he was President. “Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause,” said Lincoln. “Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves; as he best can, the same cause.”
"At the core, the American citizen soldiers knew the difference between right and wrong, and they didn't want to live in a world in which wrong prevailed. So they fought, and won, and we, all of us, living and yet to be born, must be forever profoundly grateful."
--Author Stephen Ambrose
“Veterans know better than anyone else the price of freedom, for they’ve suffered the scars of war. We can offer them no better tribute than to protect what they have won for us.” Ronald Reagan
An ideal gift for a veteran or active duty. Lavishly illustrated with 90 photos of service men and women and conflicts from WWII to present day Ukraine and Afghanistan. All copies will be autographed by the author at no additional cost.
“Every new American military recruit should get a copy. They would better understand and appreciate why they are serving!” John, President, historical society
“Should be included in any collection strong in patriotic or military subjects!“ “Why We Fight: Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines Talk About America, Service, Family and Freedom juxtaposes interviews with black and white images that bring to life the purposes, experiences, and motivations of American service people, and should be included in any collection strong in patriotic or military subjects.” D. Donovan, Midwest Book Reviews
Douglas Keeney is the author of numerous bestselling books on events that shaped American and world history including The Eleventh Hour, 15 Minutes and, most recently, The Lives They Saved: Medics, Mariners and the Boatlift That Saved 260,000 On 9.11. Keeney’s books have been well reviewed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Slate, Newsweek and numerous other publications. He has appeared on Fox TV, PBS, CBS, The Discovery Channel and other broadcast outlets and he works extensively with all of the branches of the U.S. military as both a researcher and an author. Keeney is the cofounder of The Military Channel (now American Heroes) and is a frequent keynote speaker. He has held his pilot license for 25 years, is an avid tennis player and a scuba diver. He is married to the journalist Jill Johnson Keeney, with whom they have two sons
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The Pointblank Directive
"I enjoyed this book immensely. It was fast-paced, exciting, filled with the untold yet in no way unglamorous adventures and perilous day-to-day existence of the United States Air Force ... This is one of the best historical books I have read.“ The San Francisco Book Review
"Keeney, a veteran author on WWII, relates the story of the successful air offensive that broke the back of the German air force in the spring of 1944 and paved the way for Allied victory in WWII. A thoroughly enjoyable read!” Publisher’s Weekly
"Such dedication to dangerous work...deserves to be recognized and honored. Thanks to Mr. Keeney, it now is." —The Wall Street Journal
“The power of Keeney’s book lies in his determination to avoid excess emotion and stick to the facts – facts that, God knows, are themselves emotive enough. You finish this book a little numbed, though with a strange sense of hope.” –Bloomberg News
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