Like everything we have come to expect from National Geographic, the quality of Veterans Voice is second to none. I’m a strong proponent of photographs in any nonfiction book that is even remotely historical and I wasn’t disappointed here. Veterans Voices is divided by eight values that contribute to the legacy of the American military—inspiration, courage, resilience, duty, gratitude, wisdom, loyalty, and honor—and each chapter tells the stories of outstanding individuals who dedicated themselves to their country.
In the foreword, Bob Woodruff points out that all Americans should respect the military men and women who have served the country, regardless of their own political leanings. Despite the frequent political bickering that my household is subject to, I couldn’t agree more and this sentiment is one of the things that stood out the most in this book. The photographs offer a window into the lives of soldiers and veterans and remind the reader of what Americans should be proud of. Featuring images ranging from Civil War cannons to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to boot camp and Arlington National Cemetery, Veterans Voices ensures that the sacrifices these men and women have made for our country from the very beginning aren’t forgotten. A must have coffee table book that would make a great gift for any patriot (happy 18th birthday, little brother).