Military Heroes & Scourges

Humans need flesh and blood heroes. Metaphors only go so far—we need to know that the ones we look up to actually fought and died, that they were made of the same substance we are, that they cried and triumphed and met defeat. Military heroes are some of the most straightforward; you can't argue with swords and cannons, and you can't get much less metaphorical than a battlefield.

We're not warmongers, nor are we saying all the biographies in this section are of men we deem worthy of emulation. But many of them are, and their commitment to character and honor in every circumstance is often beautifully summed up by their behavior in conflict. For all our love of shadows and hidden meanings, we're a race that thrives best on plain speech and plain deeds.

Perhaps this is why we always associate military men with strength and fortitude. The best of them are immovable in their convictions, resolute in their execution of duty, and intractable in their loyalty. Of course, the worst of them are vindictive, traitorous, and carnal, but that doesn't mean they can't offer valuable lessons—those lessons are just more negative and cautionary.

The English have Nelson, Americans have Washington and Lee, the French have Joan of Arc, Mongolians have Ghengis Khan: there isn't a culture that doesn't have brave leaders to admire. We believe strong military heroes are excellent models for our children, especially our boys, and with that in mind we've selected quite a few biographical titles to teach, delight, and guide.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur.Read more of his reviews here.

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Alexander the Great
by Robert Green
from Grolier Publishing
Biography for 4th-6th grade
in Biographies (Location: O1A-BIO)
Alexander the Great
by Andrew Langley
Reissue from Oxford University
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Biographies (Location: O1A-BIO)
$6.99
Alexander the Great
World Landmark #2
by John Gunther
from Random House
for 5th-8th grade
Alexander the Great
by Demi
from Marshall Cavendish Education
for 1st-3rd grade
in Biographies (Location: O1A-BIO)
$19.99
Alfred the Great
by Asser
from Penguin Classics
Biography for 9th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: MLIT2-MED)
$18.00
All Things for Good
Leaders in Action Series
by Steve Wilkins
from Cumberland House
Biography for 9th-Adult
in Leaders in Action (Location: N6C-BIO)
$16.95
Andrew Jackson: Young Patriot
Childhood of Famous Americans
by George Edward Stanley
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Biography for 3rd-6th grade
in Childhood of Famous Americans (Location: N7D-COFA)
Band of Brothers
by Stephen Ambrose
from Simon and Schuster
for 10th-Adult
in WWII: European Theater (Location: G5D-HIS)
$17.00
Basher Five-Two
by Scott O'Grady & Michael French
from Yearling
Autobiography for 4th-8th grade
in Biographies (Location: O1A-BIO)
$6.99
Benedict Arnold
Revolutionary War Leaders
by Norma Jean Lutz
from Chelsea House Publishing
for 4th-6th grade
in American Revolution (1765-1783) (Location: G3D-HIS)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Beyond the Myth
by Polly Schoyer Brooks
from Sandpiper Books
Biography for 7th-10th grade
in Biographies (Location: O1A-BIO)
$6.50
Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt!
by Jean Fritz
from PaperStar Books
Biography for 5th-8th grade
in Biographies (Location: O1A-BIO)
$6.99
Call of Duty
Leaders in Action Series
by Steve Wilkins
from Cumberland House
Biography for 9th-Adult
in Leaders in Action (Location: N6C-BIO)
$16.95
Candy Bomber
by Michael O. Tunnell
from Charlesbridge
for 4th-6th grade
in WWII: European Theater (Location: G5D-HIS)
$9.95
Children's Plutarch: Tales of the Greeks
by F. J. Gould
from Yesterday's Classics
Greek History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: L5A-FIC)
$9.95
Children's Plutarch: Tales of the Romans
by F. J. Gould
from Yesterday's Classics
for 4th-8th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: L5A-FIC)
$9.95
Coming In on a Wing and a Prayer
by Kelly Brown
from Vision Forum
Biography for 4th-8th grade
in WWII: Pacific Theater (Location: G5D-HIS)
$17.00
Confederate Trilogy for Young Readers
by Mary L. Williamson
from Sprinkle Publications
for 4th-6th grade
in American Civil War (1860-1865) (Location: G4D-HIS)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Crazy Horse: Young War Chief
Childhood of Famous Americans
by George Edward Stanley
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Biography for 3rd-6th grade
in Childhood of Famous Americans (Location: N7D-COFA)
$7.99
D'Aulaire American Biographies Package
by Edgar & Ingri D'Aulaire
from Beautiful Feet Books
Biography for Kindergarten-8th grade
in Biographies (Location: O1A-BIO)
$106.82
Davy Crockett
by David Crockett
from Applewood Books
Biography for 4th-8th grade
in Biographies (Location: O1A-BIO)
$12.71 $8.00 (1 in stock)
Douglas MacArthur
Heroes of History
by Geoff & Janet Benge
from Emerald Books
Biography for 4th-7th grade
in Heroes of History (Location: N7A-BIO)
$9.99
Dwight D. Eisenhower
by Jack C. Harris
from Golden Books
for Preschool-3rd Grade
in Biographies (Location: O1A-BIO)
$1.50 (1 in stock)
Easy Company Soldier
by Sgt. Don Malarkey
from St. Martin's Press
for 11th-Adult
in WWII: European Theater (Location: G5D-HIS)
$17.50
Flyboys
by James Bradley
2nd edition from Back Bay Books
for 10th grade-adult
Garibaldi: Father of Modern Italy
World Landmark #32
by Marcia Davenport
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
Genghis Kahn and the Mongol Horde
World Landmark #12
by Harold Lamb
from Random House
for 5th-8th grade
$12.00 (1 in stock)
George B. McClellan
by Michael McHugh
2nd edition from Christian Liberty Press
Biography for 7th-10th grade
in Biographies (Location: O1A-BIO)
$8.00
George S. Paton: War Hero
Childhood of Famous Americans
by George Edward Stanley
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Biography for 3rd-6th grade
in Childhood of Famous Americans (Location: N7D-COFA)
$6.99
George vs. George
by Rosalyn Schanzer
Reprint from National Geographic
for 3rd-6th grade
in American Revolution (1765-1783) (Location: G3D-HIS)
$6.95
George Washington
Heroes of History
by Geoff & Janet Benge
from Emerald Books
Biography for 4th-7th grade
in Heroes of History (Location: N7A-BIO)
$9.99 $6.00 (1 in stock)
George Washington
by Cheryl Harness
from National Geographic
for 3rd-6th grade
in Biographies (Location: O1A-BIO)
$8.99
George Washington - Audio Book
Heroes of History
by Geoff & Janet Benge
from Emerald Books
Biography for 4th-7th grade
in Heroes of History (Location: N7A-BIO)
George Washington's Sacred Fire
by Peter A. Lillback
1st edition from Providence Forum Press
for 10th-Adult
in Biographies (Location: O1A-BIO)
$16.00
George Washington: America's Patriot
Heroes of History for Young Readers
by Renee Meloche
from Emerald Books
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Heroes for Young Readers (Location: N7C-BIO)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
Geronimo: Wolf of the Warpath
Landmark #81
by Ralph Moody
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
Geronimo: Young Warrior
Childhood of Famous Americans
by George Edward Stanley
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Biography for 3rd-6th grade
in Childhood of Famous Americans (Location: N7D-COFA)
$7.99
God's Samurai
by Gordon Prange, with Donald Goldstein & Katherine Dillon
from Potomoc Books
for 10th-Adult
in Biographies (Location: O1A-BIO)
$14.95
Governor of England
by Marjorie Bowen
from Inheritance Publications
Biography for 9th-12th grade
in Inheritance Fiction (Location: LFIC)
$17.95 $12.00 (2 in stock)
Greek Lives
by Plutarch (translation by Robin Waterfield)
1st Reissue from Oxford University
Biography for 11th-Adult
in Ancient Literature (Location: MLIT-ANC)
$13.95
Hannibal
by Robert Green
from Grolier Publishing
Biography for 4th-6th grade
in Biographies (Location: O1A-BIO)
$6.95
Hannibal
Makers of History Series
by Jacob Abbott
from Yesterday's Classics
for 7th-12th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: L5A-FIC)
$10.95
Hannibal
by Jacob Abbott
from Canon Press
for 1st-3rd grade
in Biographies (Location: O1A-BIO)
$12.00
Hero Tales from American History
by Theodore Roosevelt & Henry Cabot Lodge
Paperback, First Printing from Tolle Lege Press
Biography for 7th-10th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
Hero Tales from American History
by Theodore Roosevelt & Henry Cabot Lodge
2nd edition from Tolle Lege Press
Biography for 7th-10th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
$15.00 (1 in stock)
Hero Tales from American History
by Theodore Roosevelt & Henry Cabot Lodge
Fir from McConnell Center
Biography for 7th-10th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Heroes Every Child Should Know
by H. W. Mabie
from Yesterday's Classics
Biography for 5th-8th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: L5A-FIC)
$13.95
Heroes of the Revolution
by David A. Adler
from Scholastic Inc.
for 1st-4th grade
in American Revolution (1765-1783) (Location: G3D-HIS)
$1.50 (2 in stock)
Hitler
by Dennis Wepman
from Chelsea House Publishing
for 4th-6th grade
in Biographies (Location: O1A-BIO)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
In the Days of Alfred the Great
by Eva March Tappan
from Yesterday's Classics
for 6th-10th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: L5A-FIC)
$10.95
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