Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Win an Autographed Copy of Final Salute

Our good friend Becky of Deep Muck, Big Rake can't stop raving about the must read book "Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives" by Jim Sheeler.

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."
We agree that this book should be required reading. So much so that after a lenghtly discussion with Becky, we decided to team up for a Memorial Day book giveaway. That's right, we're giving away an autographed copy of Final Salute.

We may not be able to get the whole world reading this book but we can make sure that at least one other person gets the chance to do so.

To participate in the Final Salute ($25.95, hardcover) giveaway contest you'll need to:

  1. Leave a comment to be entered into our drawing
  2. If you're a blogger consider writing a post about our contest (feel free to use our words)

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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Anonymous said...

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/

BlackJack | eMail Our Military said...

Now we're rockin' and rolling!

Dayngr said...

Only one contest entry? That's an easy give away.

Philip said...

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.

Philip said...

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.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea. I will put a post up on my blog

windycindy said...

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

YatPundit said...

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 said...

Rarely do contests. Figured, I participate in this worthy project.

Semper Fi!

Andy Valadez
USMC 88 to 92

RangersGirl said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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. :)

Best regards,
Helen Hoefele

Anonymous said...

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