Title: No Greater Valor (The Siege of Bastogne & the Miracle that sealed the Ally Victory)
Author: Jerome R. Corsi
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Each book covering any historical event or person can never quite contain all the material available, the various views or the contested aspects of an event. I read a couple of different reviews of this book before writing my own as I was curious as to how others viewed the material and whether they agreed or not. Suffice it to say that books are sometimes downgraded in rating for what they don’t contain or for how they were written. Each review is an opinion and I understand that, but I would love to see people point out the positive aspects of rich, historical, nonfiction writing like No Greater Valor with the understanding it isn’t meant to be the final word on this particular historical event.
No Greater Valor should be a on the shelf of anyone who loves either history, military or WWII in particular. The way it is presented, I believe, is to show how much our forefathers who served during this time had a faith that gave them strength and courage when fighting, suffering through the elements or any number of other reasons. We owe a debt to those who served during this war as we do all our service men and women due to their willingness to lay down their lives for America.
Hitler and his regime were evil and cruel, and the fight of the allies was as much spiritual if not more so than physical. Corsi points out various leaders sharing what they brought to the war front along with the oral history that was written down for future generations. In our age of “instant”, we should be reminded of how life wasn’t as instant and people took time to share their stories orally so we could learn from them long after their passing.
What a trip through history the author took to highlight this particular battle in December 1944, along with the outcome. As most will never forget 9/11, neither should we forget those who have served and are serving, along with the stories that have yet to be told. I find it quite fascinating to hear a person’s point of view, who was there and lived to tell about the experiences. Whether you agree with the author or what he presents really isn’t the focal point. God is the focal point in this one of many battles that took place overseas. I hope you consider giving a copy to the history person in your family or friendship circle to enjoy, and a copy for your personal library at home to pass on to the next generation.
My rating is 5 stars.
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