Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives

Written by:
Jim Sheeler
Narrated by:
Mark Deakins

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2008
5 hours 30 minutes
They are the troops that nobody wants to see, carrying a message that no military family ever wants to hear. Since the start of the war in Iraq, Marines like Major Steve Beck found themselves charged with a mission they never asked for and one for which there can be no training: casualty notification. In Final Salute, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jim Sheeler weaves together the stories of the fallen, the broken homes they have left behind, and one man's effort to help heal the wounds of those left grieving. But it is not a book about war, politics, or liberal vs. conservative. Achingly beautiful and honest, it is a book that every American-every human-can embrace.
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This book was a very heartfelt book. It was sad but insightful and it gives you a better understanding of the relatives of the fallen and the individuals who give the notifications. I honestly choked up a few times while listening. I have been to a ceremony while I was deployed that sent 3 soldiers home. And it brought those emotions back while listening to this book. The narrator did a great job as well.

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