America's Heroes
Medal of Honor Recipients from the Civil War to Afghanistan
by James H. Willbanks, Editor
March 2011, 534pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-59884-393-4
$103, £80, 90€, A142
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Since the Medal of Honor was authorized, only 3,446 Americans have received this honor for valor “at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.” Every recipient of the Medal of Honor—our nation’s highest military commendation—is permanently honored in the Hall of Heroes display inside the Pentagon.

This book features the stories of 200 heroic individuals awarded the Medal of Honor for their distinguished military service while fighting for their country, from the Civil War to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

America’s Heroes: Medal of Honor Recipients from the Civil War to Afghanistan pays tribute to Americans who have demonstrated uncommon valor in the face of great danger. The Medal of Honor recipients featured in this book all acted heroically to earn this highly coveted award, many of them by risking—or sacrificing—their lives to save the lives of others. The stories of these individuals—chosen to reflect the wide diversity of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, branches of service, and conflicts of the recipients—will broaden readers’ understanding and appreciation of the Medal of Honor and the distinguished Americans who have received it.

In addition to the gripping stories of these heroic Americans, this unique encyclopedia includes an introduction that chronicles the evolution in the award’s significance. The Medal of Honor has changed greatly over the last 150 years, not only in the design of the physical decoration itself, but also in terms of the qualifying criteria for the award’s recipients.


  • Provides 200 biographical essays of Medal of Honor recipients and 10 sidebars with additional information about the Medal of Honor and its recipients
  • Contains contributions from more than 50 distinguished scholars and historians
  • Includes a complete alphabetical listing of individuals who have received the nation's highest military award for valor
  • An extensive bibliography provides additional resources
  • Topic finders make it easy to identify entries from a particular war, home state, or branch of service
James H. Willbanks is General of the Armies George C. Marshall Chair of Military History and director of the Department of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS. His published works include Abandoning Vietnam: How America Left and South Vietnam Lost Its War; The Battle of An Loc; The Tet Offensive: A Concise History; and Vietnam War Almanac. Willbanks is the editor of "The Vietnam War," a volume in The International Library of Essays on Military History.


"Overall, this is a fine addition to existing literature on the Medal of Honor and deserves a wide audience."—Journal of Military History, July 1, 2011

"A useful addition to any military collection."—Booklist Online, July 18, 2011
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