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Publisher's Note:

Compassionate Soldier illuminates some of the most fascinating and yet largely unknown stories of men and women whose humanity led them to perform courageous acts of mercy and compassion amid the chaos and carnage of war. Arranged by war from the American Revolution to the Iraq War and global in perspective, it features extraordinary stories of grace under fire from valiant soldiers and noncombatants who rose above the inhumanity of lethal conflict and chose compassion, even knowing their actions could put their lives and liberty at risk. Included in this collection are the stories of Richard Kirkland, a Confederate soldier during the Civil War who disobeyed orders and brought blankets and water to the wounded from both North and South during the Battle of Fredericksburg; Patrick Ferguson, a British soldier during the American Revolution who had the chance to kill George Washington, but refused to shoot a man in the back; and Oswald Boelcke, a German WWI flying ace who was one of …

Overall Book Review:

Compassionate Soldier: Remarkable True Stories of Mercy, Heroism, and Honor from the Battlefield will move and inspire readers. Written by award-winning author Jerry Borrowman, this fascinating nonfiction book shares little-known stories of courage during warfare. These touching incidents appear in chronological order and span several centuries — starting with the American Revolutionary War to the Civil War, on down to the World Wars and the Middle Eastern conflict of present day. Borrowman is clear and concise in his writing, and his work is well-researched. Each chapter provides plenty of context and background information to familiarize readers. Although Compassionate Soldier is set during the darkest times of history, its pages will impress upon readers the good that can be found in humanity. 

Review of an Advance Reader’s Edition

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Shadow Mountain


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Several implied occurrences of violence and verbal threats including hate mail, shots fired, and pointing a gun to someone’s head; frequent secondhand reports of violence including mass murder, the massacre at My Lai, the HMS Lusitania tragedy, Kristallnacht, suicide bombers, shark attacks, attempted assassination of Hitler, a firing squad, torture, beating of a Jewish family, and a zeppelin bombing; a brief scene of violence when prisoners are assaulted; a few extended scenes of violence including an air battle and Vietnam War; a few incidents of destruction of property with no casualties; several non-detailed scenes of violent death including suicide, napalm attacks, shootings, battle, plane bombings and servants being burned alive; a brief scene of intense violence regarding the Vietnam War also takes place.

Sex/NudityNone

Mature Subject Matter:

War, battle, napalm attacks, weapons, morals and ethics, resistance work, prisoners of war, depression, murder, divorce, slavery, suicide and thoughts of suicide, anti-Semitism. 

Alcohol / Drug Use:

A man is described as drunk; a man asks another for a cigarette. 

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.