Jim Sheeler won a Pulitzer Prize for his Veterans Day special report on Nov. 11, 2005, in the Rocky Mountain News on which this book is based. This book is one that will be a permanent part of the eMail Our Military required reading library.
Paul Rieckhoff, executive director and founder of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and author of Chasing Ghosts say this about Final Salute:
“Jim Sheeler’s Final Salute should be required reading for all Americans and their elected leaders. It is not pro- or anti-war but instead a gripping account of combat’s price on the families of the fallen. Final Salute is also the inspirational and often heartbreaking story of the incredible, heroic efforts of a Marine officer to help ease the pain of these families. Jim Sheeler should be saluted for providing a heartfelt view inside the returns home from Iraq that too often pass unrecognized by the American public.”
To participate in the Final Salute ($25.95, hardcover) giveaway contest you’ll need to:
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Final Salute is journalism at its finest. Sheeler writes about military families with honesty, honor and respect. He writes about things most ordinary Americans never have the chance to read about in the headlines let alone on the front page. His words are gentle and subtle, yet the stories are powerful.
You’ve got until Friday, May 30th at midnight est. to get your comments in. Then, we’ll pick a winner over the weekend and make the announcement on Monday right here on our blog.
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BlackJack | eMail Our Military says
Now we’re rockin’ and rolling!
Thank you for offering a copy of this book. I can only imagine how much Kleenex it will take to get to the end. I teared up just reading the description.
My blog: http://missouri-gal.blogspot.com/
Only one contest entry? That’s an easy give away.
I’d love to read this book! My father was a Marine at the time of the Vietnam war, and it’s always gripping yet scary to hear the immense pride which he held in his role–which could easily have turned into a very tragic story.
What a great idea. I will put a post up on my blog
Greetings! My husband’s dad is a retired Air Force Lt.Colonel. He served in Vietnam and Vietnam and their family ended up adopting a baby that was being sold on the street by her mom. She had an America GI dad.
My dad will be turning 90 in July and he had to leave my mom and my older brother for over a year for WWII. When he came home, my brother was around 14 months old and didn’t know dad. He cried and cried because of not know his own dad.
I would love to be entered in your book drawing. Many thanks,Cindi
I’d love to read this book! My father was a Marine at the time of the Vietnam war, and it’s always scary yet enthralling to hear of the immense pride he had in his role–which could have so easily ended in tragedy.
blogged about it at YatPundit: http://www.yatpundit.com/2008/05/win-a-copy-of-jim-sheelers-boo.html
and cross-posted it to my LiveJournal!
Andy Valadez says
Rarely do contests. Figured, I participate in this worthy project.
USMC 88 to 92
While I have been following you online for a few months now, finally for Memorial Day, I decided to sign up to be a more active participant.
Hope that posting about this helps in some small way. :)
Didn’t the Rocky Mountain News win a Pulitzer for photojournalism for coverage of a funeral of a fallen Marine officer a few years ago.
This will be be added to my reading list – – however I was bawling reading the book’s excerpt on Amazon. It won’t be a beach read.
i don’t really read a lot but i’m going on to my JR. year in highschool and i’m sure the’ll make me have a book