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A Soldier’s Journey: A Life of Sergeant James H. McPherson

A Soldier's Journey: A Life of Sergeant James H. McPherson

Review: ‘Devotion’ stirringly tells the story of the Navy’s first Black aviator, a man of the sea who became a hero in the sky

A great new memoir from one of the finest writers of the new millennium, telling the story of the Navy’s first Black aviator and his rise to prominence as the leader of an squadron of Navy aircraft.

A great new memoir from one of the finest writers of the new millennium, telling the story of the Navy’s first Black aviator and his rise to prominence as the leader of an squadron of Navy aircraft.

By Eric Chiras on 08-20-11

The Good Soldier

A Soldier’s Journey

By Robert G. Paquette

New York Times best-selling author Robert G. Paquette, winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory writing, takes us on a stunning journey through the life and legacy of Sergeant James H. McPherson, one of the most enigmatic and inspiring military figures in American history. From a childhood of self-inflicted privation to a life of great endurance and public service, Sergeant McPherson is a storyteller of extraordinary depth and grace.

A Soldier’s Journey: A Life of Sergeant James H. McPherson

By Robert G. Paquette

I was introduced to this extraordinary storyteller at a conference in Stuttgart, Germany in 2002. My introduction to Sergeant McPherson was a chance to hear a compelling man speaking about his extraordinary life. I came away with one of life’s great gifts: first-hand knowledge of a great American hero.

I met Sergeant McPherson four years after his death: on a train from Leavenworth, after having a heart attack while on a medical vacation in England. I did not know, at the time, that his life had been the subject of nearly a hundred books. I came to realize that my ignorance had been blissful, because, with Sergeant McPherson by my side, I knew in my heart that we were on the way to the great adventure.

In this riveting and inspiring biography, Robert G. Paquette not only conveys, in vivid, engaging prose,

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