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Thursday, September 19, 2019

History Corner: No Surrender A Father, a Son, and an Extraordinary Act of Heroism That Continues to Live on Today by Christopher Edmonds; Douglas Century

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book from Harper Collins, via #Netgalley, , free of charge, for blog review purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own

True heroes, I’ve learned, are rarely the larger-than-life characters of comic books or Hollywood blockbusters.  They walk among us—like my Dad did—virtually unnoticed every day.  They make the world a better place, quietly, anonymously—one person, one action, at a time.”
– Chris Edmonds

Spanning seven decades and linking a sprawling cast of heroes from every corner of the country, No Surrender is an unforgettable story of a father’s extraordinary acts of valor in the treacherous final days of World War II and a son’s journey to discover them.
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Like most members of the Greatest Generation, Roddie Edmonds, a humble American soldier from East Tennessee, rarely spoke about his experiences during World War II. Not even his son Chris—who always considered his father a hero—knew the full details of Roddie’s capture at the Battle of the Bulge or his captivity at Stalag IXA, a Nazi POW camp. But when Chris’s daughter was assigned a family history project, Chris reread Roddie’s wartime diaries, which set in motion a series of life-changing events.
Called to learn his father’s story with a renewed sense of passion and purpose, Chris embarked on a years-long journey, interviewing surviving POWs under Roddie’s command, and retracing his father’s footsteps, from Fort Jackson, Georgia, where a boyish Roddie transformed into a seasoned leader of men, to the patch of grass near Zeigenhein, Germany, where he stared evil in the eye and dared a Nazi to shoot.
Chris Edmonds, along with New York Times bestselling author Douglas Century, takes us to the front lines of this inspiring multigenerational story, revealing in gripping, novelistic detail Roddie’s previously untold heroism—and the lasting effects his bravery had on the lives of thousands, then and now. “What was most remarkable about my journey to discover what my father did during the war,” Chris writes, “was the realization that any one of us has the untapped potential to do something incredibly courageous. We all have the potential to change the world simply by standing up for what’s right.” 
A quintessential American story of bravery, compassion, and righteousness, No Surrender is a shining example of the transformative and redemptive power of moral courage and a celebration of faith, family, and service, the very characteristics that continue to define us today.  


Maybe its because I was raised in a military family, but the tales of our forefathers, and their military escapdes are known to us. They may not be everyday conversation (bit too much PTSD there), but we know the stories, and how they affected the men, and swomen (!!) involved.  When it came time to discuss WWII and the attrocities of the Holocausst, I was lucky (if such a thing can be said) to turn my daughter to one of her church elders, who had also been there when the camps were liberated. For her to see the horror through his eyes, made it very real indeed for her.

In many ways, that is what this book reminds me of. It takes something known by the family, and blows it open to see just how amazing the :Greatest Generation" truly were. yes we have had heroes in recent conflicts, but the amount of individual bravery on a near constant basis, such as these men like Roddie went through, just boggle's the mind. And they did it as their DUTY, not a job or because it was a good paying opp.  this book should be added to any high school history class- it's more than just a memoir- it's how history evovles, one decision at a time, and how one man CAN save so many others, and yet remain humble about it. It's an amazing memoir, and be sure to have kleenex handy while reading it!

About the Authors:

Chris Edmonds is senior pastor of Piney Grove Baptist Church in Maryville, Tennessee, and chief executive officer of Roddie’s Code, LLC, and the Roddie Edmonds Foundation, organizations committed to future generations.  Pastor Edmonds also teaches Leadership Development to military leaders at the University of Alabama at Huntsville.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in human resources at the University of Tennessee and his master’s degree in religion at Liberty Theological Seminary.  He and his wife live in Maryville, Tennessee, near the Smoky Mountains, and close to their three daughters and seven grandchildren. 

Douglas Century is the author and coauthor of numerous bestselling books including Hunting El Chapo, Under and Alone, Brotherhood of Warriors, Barney Ross: The Life of Jewish Fighter and Takedown: The Fall of the Last Mafia Empire, a finalist for the 2003 Edgar Award for Best Nonfiction Crime.  A contributing editor at Tablet magazine, Century’s journalism has appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Billboard and The Guardian. Born and raised in Canada, he graduated from Princeton University and now lives in New York with his daughter.

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