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What is a Hero? New York Times best-selling author Oliver North says, “Real heroes are selfless. Those who serve America in harm’s way in the war against radical Islam have that quality in abundance. And so do their families and loved ones at home. Yet, they rarely get the attention or coverage they deserve. “Despite the way they are presented by too many in the press and p What is a Hero? New York Times best-selling author Oliver North says, “Real heroes are selfless. Those who serve America in harm’s way in the war against radical Islam have that quality in abundance. And so do their families and loved ones at home. Yet, they rarely get the attention or coverage they deserve. “Despite the way they are presented by too many in the press and politics, the men and women in uniform today are overwhelmingly good. I never cease to be amazed at the self-discipline of these brave young Americans. They can endure the adrenaline-pumping violence of an enemy engagement, and then, just minutes later, help school children get safely to their classes . . . No nation—ours included—has ever had a military force better than the one we have today. I’m proud of them. You should be too.”   In American Heroes (a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post best seller), North offers an inspiring, first-hand account of the extraordinary men and women defending America against radical Islamic terror from his perspective as a forty year member of the United States military, a member of the National Security Council staff and serving as the U.S. government’s counter-terrorism coordinator from 1983-1986. This patriotic book also pulls in new reports and exclusive full-color photographs from War Stories, the award-winning FOX News Channel series hosted by North.   Endorsements   "Oliver North has spent his life among America’s heroes. This book with its moving words and powerful images will inspire patriots, reassure the faint of heart, and infuriate our nation’s adversaries. These are our heroes, they deserve to have their story told, and no one is better to tell it than Col. North, because when it comes to heroes, it takes one to know one. This book is a treasure." —Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House of Representatives and New York Times bestselling author of Real Change "Ollie North has ‘been there—done that’ with the American heroes who are winning the war against radical Islamic terror. This book is a magnificent tribute to the warriors who defend us all." —Sean Hannity, host of The Sean Hannity Show and FOX News Channel’s Hannity & Colmes  


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What is a Hero? New York Times best-selling author Oliver North says, “Real heroes are selfless. Those who serve America in harm’s way in the war against radical Islam have that quality in abundance. And so do their families and loved ones at home. Yet, they rarely get the attention or coverage they deserve. “Despite the way they are presented by too many in the press and p What is a Hero? New York Times best-selling author Oliver North says, “Real heroes are selfless. Those who serve America in harm’s way in the war against radical Islam have that quality in abundance. And so do their families and loved ones at home. Yet, they rarely get the attention or coverage they deserve. “Despite the way they are presented by too many in the press and politics, the men and women in uniform today are overwhelmingly good. I never cease to be amazed at the self-discipline of these brave young Americans. They can endure the adrenaline-pumping violence of an enemy engagement, and then, just minutes later, help school children get safely to their classes . . . No nation—ours included—has ever had a military force better than the one we have today. I’m proud of them. You should be too.”   In American Heroes (a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post best seller), North offers an inspiring, first-hand account of the extraordinary men and women defending America against radical Islamic terror from his perspective as a forty year member of the United States military, a member of the National Security Council staff and serving as the U.S. government’s counter-terrorism coordinator from 1983-1986. This patriotic book also pulls in new reports and exclusive full-color photographs from War Stories, the award-winning FOX News Channel series hosted by North.   Endorsements   "Oliver North has spent his life among America’s heroes. This book with its moving words and powerful images will inspire patriots, reassure the faint of heart, and infuriate our nation’s adversaries. These are our heroes, they deserve to have their story told, and no one is better to tell it than Col. North, because when it comes to heroes, it takes one to know one. This book is a treasure." —Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House of Representatives and New York Times bestselling author of Real Change "Ollie North has ‘been there—done that’ with the American heroes who are winning the war against radical Islamic terror. This book is a magnificent tribute to the warriors who defend us all." —Sean Hannity, host of The Sean Hannity Show and FOX News Channel’s Hannity & Colmes  

30 review for American Heroes: In the Fight Against Radical Islam

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alok Mishra

    Yes, Islamic terrorism is the truth of the day and one cannot deny it. The book also delivers quality content and it promotes what needs to be promoted. Oliver North has tried to bring into the limelight the heroes of the war against terror - the heroes who have lost their lives and the heroes who have lost many things serving in Iraq and fighting the radical Islamist terror. However, he could have avoided certain propaganda that he included in his narrative - that'd make the book amazing. Here Yes, Islamic terrorism is the truth of the day and one cannot deny it. The book also delivers quality content and it promotes what needs to be promoted. Oliver North has tried to bring into the limelight the heroes of the war against terror - the heroes who have lost their lives and the heroes who have lost many things serving in Iraq and fighting the radical Islamist terror. However, he could have avoided certain propaganda that he included in his narrative - that'd make the book amazing. Here is my full review of this book - American Heroes - Book Review

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    I enjoyed this book. I have been to Iraq (2003-04) and to Afghanistan (2007-08). As people have asked me about my experience, and I try to explain something that foreign to Americans that have never seen anything other than their own towns, I struggle to put my experiences into terms that they can at least somewhat imagine a portion of what I saw/experienced. This is not a war story, but I understand his concepts on a more personal level. He puts into words that which I just haven't been able to I enjoyed this book. I have been to Iraq (2003-04) and to Afghanistan (2007-08). As people have asked me about my experience, and I try to explain something that foreign to Americans that have never seen anything other than their own towns, I struggle to put my experiences into terms that they can at least somewhat imagine a portion of what I saw/experienced. This is not a war story, but I understand his concepts on a more personal level. He puts into words that which I just haven't been able to describe. Mr. North does an excellent job of cutting through the combat and getting "into" the soldiers point of view. I really enjoyed this, and if there is anything you would like to ask a soldier (other than combat specifics) this is a great reference.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    Here's a snippet: A young marine Lance Corporal had his right arm shattered by a bullet, but used his good arm to help load a seriously wounded companion on the medevac helicopter. At the aid station, he sat next to his wounded friend cradling his head. He asked an observer, "He's dying, isn't he, sir?" The observer choked up and said, "I think he is already gone, son." Through his tears, the young lance corporal said, "He was my gunny, sir. He was a really good man. He was my hero- not just for Here's a snippet: A young marine Lance Corporal had his right arm shattered by a bullet, but used his good arm to help load a seriously wounded companion on the medevac helicopter. At the aid station, he sat next to his wounded friend cradling his head. He asked an observer, "He's dying, isn't he, sir?" The observer choked up and said, "I think he is already gone, son." Through his tears, the young lance corporal said, "He was my gunny, sir. He was a really good man. He was my hero- not just for the way he died, but for the way he lived." Pg. 148

  4. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    "Their stories provide a somewhat different perspective than that offered by the mainstream media." This would be the theme of the book. A very postive (sometimes overly so) book based on Ollie North's experience being an embedded journalist. If I had to guess, I'd say he was hanging out with mostly Marines. Lots of pictures. There are a few endings to stories I would have liked to know (what caused the crash of Dash Two on 3/21/03, what happened to the 11 yr old Iraqi girl burned in a stove fire "Their stories provide a somewhat different perspective than that offered by the mainstream media." This would be the theme of the book. A very postive (sometimes overly so) book based on Ollie North's experience being an embedded journalist. If I had to guess, I'd say he was hanging out with mostly Marines. Lots of pictures. There are a few endings to stories I would have liked to know (what caused the crash of Dash Two on 3/21/03, what happened to the 11 yr old Iraqi girl burned in a stove fire that we were able to treat) The glossary of Military acronyms is 4 pages long. What is the deal with the military and acronyms?? They can't just say Protective Gear, it has to be Mission-Oriented Protective Posture or MOPP. Not Car Bomb, but Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devise or VBIED. A good quote: "Americans don't fight for gold or oil or colonial conquest; we fight for an idea - liberty." And a good quip: "The French have always been there when they needed us." And some philosophy: "We love death - the Americans love life - that is the difference between us." Osama Bin Laden Some interesting things I learned: 70% of Afgan registered voters showed up for their 1st election. In USA congressional elections, fewer than 45% of those eligible vote. 58% of registered Iraqis voted in the first election, 62% in the second election and 70% in the third. It took 4 years for Germany and 7 years for Japan to assemble sovereign governments after WWII and there are 11 years in between our Declaration of Independance and the ratification of our Constitution. The Iraqi January 2005 election marked the first time in the entire 5,000 year history of Mesopotamia that every man and woman, regardless of tribe, religion, or ethnic origin, was allowed to cast a ballot. The main Terrorists in Iraq now are not Iraqis. They are fedayeen (paramilitary fighers from all over the Islamic world, mainly Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, Algeria, Moracco, Yemen & Jordan). And Iranian technology is showing up frequently in IEDs. Altogether great antidote to the mainstream media's coverage of Iraq.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Clay

    This is the true story of the War against Radical Islam. This book is for anyone who truly supports the troops because it tells their story. It is also a must read for anyone who wants to understand the war we are in. It is a war that won't end even if we quit and go home from Iraq. This is the true story of the War against Radical Islam. This book is for anyone who truly supports the troops because it tells their story. It is also a must read for anyone who wants to understand the war we are in. It is a war that won't end even if we quit and go home from Iraq.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Boutwell

    This starts with the 9/11 attacks and gives some history of the war in Iraq, but mainly deals with the life of the soldiers, not the war. Very moving. There is an on-line link to Oliver North's War Stories for viewing. This starts with the 9/11 attacks and gives some history of the war in Iraq, but mainly deals with the life of the soldiers, not the war. Very moving. There is an on-line link to Oliver North's War Stories for viewing.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Linda Thompson

    This book was an excellent read. I would recommend it highly. The book is well written with so many human interest stories, facts about the war and wonderful photos.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ethan Stack

    This book has been a spectacular read. The way that Oliver writes these stories about the “American Heroes,” is as if the soldiers are telling you their stories in person. North begins his story with the attacks on 9-11 and continues with stories throughout the War on Radical Islam. As a kid, I had always heard about our troops being in Afghanistan and Iraq, but I never really knew what the cause was. Reading this book enlightened me about those events, but the best part was that the events were This book has been a spectacular read. The way that Oliver writes these stories about the “American Heroes,” is as if the soldiers are telling you their stories in person. North begins his story with the attacks on 9-11 and continues with stories throughout the War on Radical Islam. As a kid, I had always heard about our troops being in Afghanistan and Iraq, but I never really knew what the cause was. Reading this book enlightened me about those events, but the best part was that the events were from the perspective of a soldier, not a history book. Our soliders fight for our country and to let us enjoy the rights that we have. They are true “American Heroes.” I would recommend this book to anyone who has been in the military, who wants to learn more about the War on Radical Islam, or who just wants a good book to read. #d4magicreaders

  9. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    I recommend this book. Oliver North and his Fox News cast were embedded in various military units in the fight for Iraq. He had 9 deployments over the next four years into Iraq. The book has many pictures and diagrams of Iraq and of our military in action, and is easy to read. North has scathing comments about the negative press coming from the mainstream media, many of whom never left their armchairs in their media headquarters, or holed up in the best hotels in Baghdad and never got out with th I recommend this book. Oliver North and his Fox News cast were embedded in various military units in the fight for Iraq. He had 9 deployments over the next four years into Iraq. The book has many pictures and diagrams of Iraq and of our military in action, and is easy to read. North has scathing comments about the negative press coming from the mainstream media, many of whom never left their armchairs in their media headquarters, or holed up in the best hotels in Baghdad and never got out with the troops, but were pontificating about the status of the war and the prospects for peace. He's equally scathing about the retired generals/admirals who were hired by the lamestream media to give their "expert" opinion on how the war was going. I share his contempt for these people.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Darrell

    This should be required reading. Our younger generation is being saturated with superheroes - and yet, there are real life heroes living among us. These true life stories are expertly written and pay honor to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms that we take for granted.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Aditya Shankar

    I found the book interesting. It highlights the general issues that we generally forget too easily. An eye-opener for those who still deny the existence of black and white cases of religious terrorism.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Jones

    An honest look at what America's armed forces went through during the war in Iraq. From FOX News correspondent Oliver North, American Heroes details the daily actions of the men and women in uniform, and covers their trials when home. An honest look at what America's armed forces went through during the war in Iraq. From FOX News correspondent Oliver North, American Heroes details the daily actions of the men and women in uniform, and covers their trials when home.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Abbie

    Such a great reminder to be thankful for the brave men and women who sacrifice for their country and some who make the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedoms.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marcie

    Oliver North's latest job is hosting a show on Fox called War Stories, interviewing WWII soldiers and capturing their stories, until 9/11 happens. Then he and his crew are sent 9 times to Iraq, to cover today's soldiers, war as we know it today. He is embedded, just like any other journalist covering the events, given the same parameters of operation, which reminds me...the Pentagon approved way too many journalists, wish I had the book in front of me so I could share the exact shocking number. S Oliver North's latest job is hosting a show on Fox called War Stories, interviewing WWII soldiers and capturing their stories, until 9/11 happens. Then he and his crew are sent 9 times to Iraq, to cover today's soldiers, war as we know it today. He is embedded, just like any other journalist covering the events, given the same parameters of operation, which reminds me...the Pentagon approved way too many journalists, wish I had the book in front of me so I could share the exact shocking number. Sometimes the book reads very patriotic, rah-rah, over-the-top. Other times not, as North expends a lot of effort to provide facts and statistics to the readers, and remove himself from the analysis. Actually, I love it when he cannot remove his own experience and perspective from the action. An example: he is embedded with a helicopter unit whose job is to evacuate casualties. Obviously he's flying low into hot zones to get the injured out. He is given a headset, but not allowed to speak or be an active participant as a journalist...however, at one point, he yells out "RPG! 3 o'clock! Incoming!" The pilot pulls up, almost going vertical to dodge it, lands in an intersection where 10 soldiers are loaded in less than 4 minutes, and the pilot, calmly as ever, says "how much longer, this is a pretty sporty LZ." North ponders this adjective for the hottest LZ he's ever been in! Those soldiers entering the helicopter...I teared up many times reading their stories, obviously. I am so glad I read this hard-to-read book, though, for many reasons. It reminded me of things I had forgotten. Time is our true enemy, as it makes us forget things. I had forgotten how Saddam Hussein was playing all those head games with the UN, bribing other countries to vote certain ways, only allowing "inspectors" to see certain areas at certain times. I had forgotten how Bush responded in critical times. Half my friends despise him, the other half adore him. But the truth is, he was an AWESOME war president. I WANT a president that the rest of the world hates. This is a good thing, people. North carefully chronicles all the events that led us to each action. Osama bin Laden claims credit for 9/11 at the same time that Afghanistan says we can have access to him IF we can prove that he had something to do with it. WTF? Baghdad Bob is on tv yelling "Americans in Baghdad? Never!" while North is filming a captain of a tank division saying "tell him to stay there for 10 minutes and I'll come in and get him." I enjoyed reading about all the different countries over there and their exact "assistance" given to us to get troops in on the ground. If I hadn't read this book, I wouldn't have seen the picture of the young Marine who lost his legs due to one of those chicken shit IEDs. He's wearing a t-shirt that says "Marine for Sale. 40% off. Some assembly required." He's now in law school, going to be a courtoom warrior. I wouldn't know about the Silver Star female soldier who cleared a trench, leaving 27 dead when she was done. Can you believe her name was Hester? (smile) And North successfully puts the whole thing in perspective for me, when he writes: "Muslim women do not vote for their sons to be suicide bombers." YES. We may not have meant to be where we are now, but this is the deal. We have started a crazy experiment (there has never been democracy in thousands of years in Mesopotamia! what are we doing?). We have planted a seed of thought that threatens every societal structure, every ruling class, every male for that matter, in every country over there. And every country wants to stomp it out before it spreads and threatens their way of life. My brain says "get out now." But there were those tens of thousands of Muslim women who stood in line all day to vote in their first free election...200 were killed with a car bomb, they did not step out of line. They are really sending their daughters to school that we set up. The women are the key to the success of Iraq. The women are the key to future survival for the entire planet. The women are the key to progress and peace. WOMEN do not VOTE for their sons to be suicide bombers. I read recently that 4000 Iraqi women ran for offices in the last election.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rich Humes

    I have no problem with books that promote ideologies, religions, and other deep held principles. That's not what this book is advertised as, but that's what it is. North is correct, these stories of heroism are underreported and NEED to be told. When he had the chance to do that very thing he used the stories to bookend his political opinions. A huge percentage of this book isn't about telling heroic stories, it's about promoting HIS political agenda, HIS religion, and HIS network. North takes a I have no problem with books that promote ideologies, religions, and other deep held principles. That's not what this book is advertised as, but that's what it is. North is correct, these stories of heroism are underreported and NEED to be told. When he had the chance to do that very thing he used the stories to bookend his political opinions. A huge percentage of this book isn't about telling heroic stories, it's about promoting HIS political agenda, HIS religion, and HIS network. North takes ample time puffing up George Bush, exalting him to nearly mythical status while blaming every problem in Iraq on "leftists" and the competitors of his company. A popular target of his ire seems to be media pundits and retired officers. The obvious irony being that he is both. If this was two different books I'd have no problem, but I can't stop thinking he's using the same tactics he decries from his opponents.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Funny thing, I've seen this book on my shelf for sometime, but I cannot remember how it got there. I don't recall buying it, nor do I remember someone giving it to me. It's actually an autographed copy, too. So finally in March 2016 I decide to take it off the shelf and read it. It really is a fascinating and insightful first-hand account of "boots on the ground" in Iraq. Oliver North wrote it based upon nine (9) different trips to Iraq between 2003 & 2007 in his role as host and reporter for Wa Funny thing, I've seen this book on my shelf for sometime, but I cannot remember how it got there. I don't recall buying it, nor do I remember someone giving it to me. It's actually an autographed copy, too. So finally in March 2016 I decide to take it off the shelf and read it. It really is a fascinating and insightful first-hand account of "boots on the ground" in Iraq. Oliver North wrote it based upon nine (9) different trips to Iraq between 2003 & 2007 in his role as host and reporter for War Stories on Fox News. Not surprisingly, Oliver North, shares his opinions about what he experienced and he brings his own biases to his writing and his conservative viewpoint. But I read the book knowing this would be the case. What I found of interest was the actual retelling of his experiences and those of soldiers with whom he and his crew were embedded.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Zach

    I enjoyed the re-telling of North's experiences overseas and his personal accounts with soldiers, but felt that the book should have stayed closer to what I expected when I read it: stories about the men and women fighting in the armed forces. I'm not saying that it is wrong to write about your political opinions, I just didn't expect to read about North's in a book by the title of "American Heroes." I enjoyed the re-telling of North's experiences overseas and his personal accounts with soldiers, but felt that the book should have stayed closer to what I expected when I read it: stories about the men and women fighting in the armed forces. I'm not saying that it is wrong to write about your political opinions, I just didn't expect to read about North's in a book by the title of "American Heroes."

  18. 4 out of 5

    Philip

    I had the pleasure of meeting the author and he is a charming man. I liked the honest realistic assessment of the threat to us all by fundamentalism of any kind. Here is also support for those doing their duty, no matter what you think of the justification of this war.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Very interesting -- I learned some things that I didn't know while at the same time had some other points confirmed. Very interesting -- I learned some things that I didn't know while at the same time had some other points confirmed.

  20. 5 out of 5

    booklady

    I'm thinking to purchase these mostly for Christmas and birthday gifts, but who knows, I might want to read them myself?! I'm thinking to purchase these mostly for Christmas and birthday gifts, but who knows, I might want to read them myself?!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    My husband stole this book from me, so I am no longer reading it! I was only a few chapters in, and I guess it was okay. I have a hard time reading war stuff, for obvious reasons.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Barlow

    We will see... Broadening my range of thought so will let you know at the end of it. So far not impressed with where I think it might be going.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Atalie

    boringgg i only read sum of it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ronie

    An eye-opening account. Very well written--I cried and laughed with these heroes! I can't wait for the next installment coming this fall. An eye-opening account. Very well written--I cried and laughed with these heroes! I can't wait for the next installment coming this fall.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Wan Peter

    A truly remarkable book. Don't have to be an American to read this book. Here lies the truth nothing but the whole truth. No make believed. A truly remarkable book. Don't have to be an American to read this book. Here lies the truth nothing but the whole truth. No make believed.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ben James

    It was a great book telling about all of the latest hero's of America. It was a great book telling about all of the latest hero's of America.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Catrina

    This was a very good book, and it gave me a lot of insight into how much American soldiers and Afghanis alike, sacrificed in their fight against radical islam.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chuck Cowing

    Listened to it two years ago, but don't really remember it... Listened to it two years ago, but don't really remember it...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Good to remember what our US soldiers did for our country.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andy Valadez

    Got to meet Lt. Colonel North. He signed my copy.

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