MHL will be closed on Friday, November 11th, in observance of Veterans Day. Here are some biographies and memoirs telling the true stories of veterans.
Against all odds : a true story of ultimate courage and survival in World War II
by Alex Kershaw
The bestselling author of The First Wave returns with the story of the four most decorated World War II soldiers, who fought in every major campaign and helped defeat Nazi Germanys finest troops.
American cipher : Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. tragedy in Afghanistan
by Matt Farwell
The explosive narrative of the life, captivity, and trial of Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who was abducted by the Taliban and whose story has served as a symbol for America's foundering war in Afghanistan.
The big break : the greatest American WWII POW escape story never told
by Stephen Dando-Collins
Describes the previously untold story of the escape of 250 US Army POWs from the German Schubin camp as they were marched west to avoid the advancing Red Army, but who ultimately escaped by heading east and joining the Russians.
Bridge to the sun : the secret role of the Japanese Americans who fought in the Pacific in World War II
by Bruce B. Henderson
The best-selling author of Sons and Soldiers tells the story of the Japanese American U.S. Army soldiers who fought in the Pacific theater while their families were back home in America held in government internment camps.
A Christmas far from home : an epic tale of courage and survival during the Korean War
by Stanley Weintraub
Discusses how General MacArthur's miscalculation led to thousands of American and UN troops being forced into a retreat in enemy territory in 1950 Korea and the valiant and dramatic escape of these soldiers just before Christmas.
The fighters : Americans in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq
by C. J. Chivers
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist follows the arcs of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq through the experiences of those who fought them.
Fighting blind : a Green Beret's story of extraordinary courage
by Iván Castro
Documents the story of a Green Beret sniper, who, after being blinded by mortar fire while serving in Iraq, fought through despair to eventually train as a marathon runner that was present at the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
Forgotten : the untold story of D-Day's Black heroes, at home and at war
by Linda Hervieux
Drawing on newly uncovered military records and original interviews with surviving members of the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, a unit of African-American soldiers that has been overlooked by history and their families, the author tells the story of these heroic men charged with manning armed balloons meant to deter enemy aircraft on D-Day.
The greatest beer run ever : a memoir of friendship, loyalty, and war
by John J Donohue
A U.S. Marine Corps veteran-turned-merchant mariner recounts how in 1967 he accepted a neighborhood challenge to sneak into Vietnam, track down local friends on the front line and share beer over messages of love from home.
The last of the doughboys : the forgotten generation and their forgotten World War
by Richard Rubin
Collected over 10 years, interviews with the last remaining World War I veterans, aged 101 to 113, paint a picture of a time and a generation that, despite memorials and history lessons, is quickly fading away.
Midnight in broad daylight : a Japanese American family caught between two worlds
by Pamela Rotner Sakamoto
Describes the true story of three Japanese American brothers, two of whom move to their mother's ancestral home in Hiroshima after their father's death, and find themselves on opposite sides of the world and the war as Pearl Harbor unfolds.
A people's history of the U.S. military : ordinary soldiers reflect on their experience of war, from the American Revolution to Afghanistan
by Michael A. Bellesiles
Draws from three centuries of soldiers' personal encounters with combat--through excerpts from letters, diaries, memoirs, audio recordings, film and blogs--to capture the essence of the American military experience firsthand, from the American Revolution to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Rise : soldier, dream, and a promise kept
by Daniel Rodriguez
A soldier who fought in one of the bloodiest battles in Afghanistan, and against all odds, lived to pursue his dream of playing Division 1 college football tells his story for the first time.
Soldier girls : the battles of three women at home and at war
by Helen Thorpe
Describes the experiences of three women soldiers deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq to reveal how their military service has affected their friendship, personal lives and families, detailing the realities of their work on bases and in war zones and how their choices and losses shaped their perspectives.
The York patrol : the real story of Alvin York and the unsung heroes who made him World War I's most famous soldier
by James Carl Nelson
Documents the stories of a legendary World War I soldier and his fellow Medal of Honor-decorated patrol members, heralding their courageous capture of dozens of German adversaries in the Argonne Forest.