For many, Memorial Day is a symbol of kicking off summer fun. It is important, though, to take a moment to remember exactly why this holiday exists. Memorial Day was created to honor those who have fallen while serving our country. Take some time to hear some of their stories, learn about our worldâ€™s wartime histories, and honor these brave men and women by listening to these audiobooks:
David Halberstamâ€™s masterpiece, the defining history of the making of the Vietnam tragedy, includes a new foreword by Senator John McCain.
Listen to an excerpt THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST
Andrew Carroll draws on a rich trove of little-known and newly uncovered letters and diaries to create a vivid and moving account of the American experience in World War I. Featuring General John Pershing, this account also weaves in the stories of remarkable American men and women.
Listen to an excerpt MY FELLOW SOLDIERS
In this epic character-driven narrative, acclaimed historian Lynne Olson takes us back to those perilous days when the British and their European guests joined forces to combat Hitler and reclaim their continent.
Listen to an excerpt LAST HOPE ISLAND
On January 2, 1942, Japanese troops marched into Manila unopposed by U.S. forces. While thousands of forces surrendered, thousands of other Filipinos and Americans refused and hid in the hills. This is the thrilling story of three of them and how they successfully foiled the Japanese for more than two years.
Listen to an excerpt MACARTHUR’S SPIES
Historian Holger Hoock shows, in this deeply researched and elegantly written account of Americaâ€™s founding, the Revolution was not only a high-minded battle over principles, but also a profoundly violent civil warâ€”one that shaped the nation, and the British Empire, in ways we have only begun to understand.
Listen to an excerpt SCARS OF INDEPENDENCE
For more military history listens, check out our Memorial Day Collection.