Amazing Tales for Making Men Out of Boys

Amazing Tales for Making Men Out of Boys

Book - 2009 | 1st US ed.
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Tales of brave and selfless deeds used to be part of every boy's education. We grew up sharing stories with our fathers, uncles and grandfathers of how other men had lived their lives, met their challenges, reached their goals and faced their deaths. Becoming a man was about comradeship and standing by your friends whatever the circumstances. And it meant that sometimes it was more important to die a hero than live a coward's life. Through Neil Oliver's vivid, stirring accounts we can rediscover the stories that inspire men to perform acts greater than themselves. These are the epics that we should all know by heart; the tales of courage, endurance and sacrifice that made men out of boys.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2009.
Edition: 1st US ed.
ISBN: 9780061766138
0061766135
Characteristics: xv, 364 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Holding out for a hero
The Penlee lifeboatmen
A few good men
John Paul Jones and the birth of the US Navy
How curiously the course of one's life may be turned
The demons of Camerone
The trouble with the truth
The battle of Isandlwana
The heroic age
D-day and the beach called Omaha
When Britannia ruled the waves
The Yangtze incident
The loneliness of command
Josiah Harlan, the man who would be king
The luck of the Irish
Sir Ernest Shackleton and the imperial trans-Antarctic expedition
In search of a place in the world
The flight of the Nez Perces
First, women and children
The Birkenhead drill
For England's sake and duty
The thin red line and the charge of the Light Brigade
We're following the leader
The Battle of Trafalgar
A long way from home
Moonwalkers and Apollo 13
Enemy at the gates
Constantinople
Old age and guile beat youth and enthusiasm
Dien Bien Phu
The field of human conflict
The siege of the Alamo
Their finest hour
Thermopylae
For the boy.
Summary: Tales of brave and selfless deeds used to be part of every boy's education. We grew up sharing stories with our fathers, uncles and grandfathers of how other men had lived their lives, met their challenges, reached their goals and faced their deaths. Becoming a man was about comradeship and standing by your friends whatever the circumstances. And it meant that sometimes it was more important to die a hero than live a coward's life. Through Neil Oliver's vivid, stirring accounts we can rediscover the stories that inspire men to perform acts greater than themselves. These are the epics that we should all know by heart; the tales of courage, endurance and sacrifice that made men out of boys.--From publisher description.

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Mar 31, 2012

This is a sweet book. It's like the old golden book readers only for ages 7+. The art is well done and the stories are about 3-4 pages in length. The author is a well known archeologist from Scotland. The stories are historically accurate.

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