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Three Things I Learned About Courage From Interviewing Our Troops

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Courage. It’s one of those noble qualities we all want. But what is courage? What traits do courageous people share? Is courage something that can be learned? During the course of researching and writing my book, Valor: Unsung Heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, I was fortunate to interview a number of soldiers, sailors, and Marines who epitomize courage. Each of the heroes profiled in Valor endured a harrowing experience, in w... more

'Three Cups of Tea' Author Greg Mortenson to Retire from Charity

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - "Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson, who has spent four years weathering accusations that his best-selling book contained fabrications and that he mismanaged the charity he co-founded, will retire in January, Central Asia Institute officials said Thursday. The announcement comes as the Bozeman, Montana-based charity works to turn around five years of declining donations and refocus its mission from building schools ... more

New Book Chronicles Remarkable Korean War Friendship

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CONCORD, Mass. (AP) -  Retired U.S. Navy pilot Thomas Hudner is 91 now, but he's never been able to shake the promise he made to a trusted Korean War wingman 65 years ago: "Don't worry, we'll be back for you." Two years ago, his lifelong quest took him back to North Korea in hopes of recovering the remains of Ensign Jesse Brown, the Navy's first black combat pilot. In 1950, after Brown was shot down, Hudner crash-landed his own Corsair on the... more

1927 Submarine Disaster Gets Dramatic Retelling in New Book

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Once long ago, a submarine collided with a Coast Guard vessel and sank with great loss of life. Trapped survivors hammered on the hull in Morse code as divers lumbered about, trying to save them before their oxygen ran out. The submarine community of southeastern Connecticut held its breath as headlines screamed out daily developments in every paper across the country. Then somehow, in the swirl of history, the incident mostly faded from ou... more

Former US Marine Phil Klay Wins Warwick Prize for Literature

Phil Klay, winner of the National Book Award for fiction, attends the 65th Annual National Book Awards on Nov. 19, 2014 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City Wednesday Nov. 19, 2014.

LONDON (AP) ¬タヤ Former U.S. Marine officer Phil Klay has won Britain's Warwick Prize for Writing with "Redeployment," a searing, sometimes satirical collection of stories about the Iraq War. Klay was named winner of the 25,000 pound ($38,000) prize Tuesday. Novelist A.L. Kennedy, who chaired the judging panel, called "Redeployment" a "scaldingly affecting book" about "one of the defining conflicts of our age." Klay won a National Book Award ... more

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