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  • Get a Jump on Christmas! – Put Michael Yon in a Soldier’s Stocking

    Posted by James McCormick on September 6th, 2008 (All posts by )

    Just a note that combat blogger Michael Yon has made arrangements with his publisher to offer his book Moment of Truth: How a New ‘Greatest Generation’ of American Soldiers is Turning Defeat and Disaster into Victory and Hope free of charge to soldiers through the Soldier’s Angels organization.

    You can purchase Michael Yon’s book online, directly from the publisher, and the copies will be given to soldiers as a gift. It’s hard to imagine a book that would be better received and more thought-provoking for soldiers in the field. Michael Yon is one of the few voices committed to putting in the time to learn what is happening in Iraq and Afghanistan, supported only by citizen-contributors.

    To quote Michael:

    This project is dependent entirely upon private donations. Without your help, it won’t happen. For folks who wish to put one book in the hands of a soldier, it’s just $10. For five books, it’s just $40. Ten copies are $75. A donation of $150 will put a copy of Moment of Truth in Iraq in the hands of 30 American soldiers; that’s just $5 a book.

    As a Canadian who’s donated to Michael’s efforts directly in the past, I’m particularly appreciative of the fact that he’s starting to report on the efforts of Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan. Those guys are getting far too little credit for their courage and skill over the last seven years (Canadian special forces and snipers were engaged since the beginning). In any event, I’m hoping that Michael gets a chance to interact with the Canadian troops as he did with the Brits in Basra. Their story needs telling.

    And in the wider context, putting an exciting insightful book on Iraq into the hands of a soldier for Christmas, seems like a really good idea. I’ve chipped in $150 from the Great Non-White (just yet) North.

    For the direct publisher link, please go here.

    UPDATE (for commenter Seerov): Great White North is a term of endearment used by Canadians for their country, first appearing in a skit on the comedy program SCTV. It refers to snow. Being as it’s early September in Alberta, we have snow on the tops of the Rockies, but not “just yet” in the foothills … not yet, but soon.

     

    2 Responses to “Get a Jump on Christmas! – Put Michael Yon in a Soldier’s Stocking”

    1. Michael Hiteshew Says:

      I ordered one of the early copies – and it’s signed. Then I got a letter from Michael thanking me. Very cool.

      It’s a great book too. Michael Yon is a national treasure.

      That $150 donation is a very generous gesture he’s making. That’s probably at printing cost.

    2. Seerov Says:

      “I’ve chipped in $150 from the Great Non-White (just yet) North.” (James McCormick)

      Is this a reference to global warming or Canada’s immigration policy?