HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Faces of Freedom: Profiles of America’s Fallen Heroes–Iraq and Afghanistan
Author: Rebecca Pepin (Editor)
Publisher: Wentworth Printing Corp., 2007
Related website: www.rebeccapepin.com/
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Teens and adults, but suitable for anyone
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Pepin, Rebecca (Editor). Faces of Freedom: Profiles of America’s Fallen Heroes–Iraq and Afghanistan (published in 2007 by Wentworth, A Consolidated Graphics Co.). I recently saw this book in the waiting room while our van was being serviced, picked it up, leafed through it, and read a few entries. The editor, Rebecca Pepin, who is also the author of the children’s book Bobby Dog and the Flying Frog, is a native Canadian and a broadcast journalist who says that she proudly became a United States citizen in 2006. After a Foreword by Lt. Gen. John Bruce Blount, U. S. Army Ret., there are profiles of 52 American soldiers, sailors, and airmen, both male and female, one from each of the fifty states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, who gave their lives in service to this country in either Iraq or Afghanistan. They include Lance Cpl. Kyle Price, a Marine from Woodlawn, IL; Sgt. 1st Cl. Michael Fuga, Army National Guard, of Independence, MO; and Lance Cpl. Brian Montgomery, also a Marine, from Willoughby, OH.
Chance Phelps, the fallen Marine who was recently the subject of the moving HBO movie Taking Chance starring Kevin Bacon, is the Wyoming hero. Following an Afterword by Maj. Gen. Thomas M. Sadler, U. S. Air Force Ret., there is information about the Fisher House Foundation which provides help for military families in time of need, and the Wounded Warrior Project, to which charities the proceeds go. This book, which is described as a coffee table book, presents a much more objective view of the War on Terror than the antics of Cindy Sheehan. Gen. Colin L. Powell wrote, “The stories in Faces of Freedom are true stories…stories of service, sacrifice, pride and love. The stories will remind you that America has been blessed with greatness in every generation and no generation has shown greater valor than our current generation of heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read and be inspired.”