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Paperback Book Details
  • 10/2021
  • 9781646634729
  • 206 pages
  • $16.95
Hardcover Book Details
  • 10/2021
  • 9781646634743
  • 206 pages
  • $25.95
Honor Through Sacrifice: The Story of One of America's Greatest Military Leaders
I take you into the reality of a true soldier. Colossians 3:23 sets the stage for Gordon Lippman’s life, and I capture it well! ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.’ Throughout WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam, Gordon Lippmann led and cared for his men during war times and peacetime challenges. This recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross was ever present as a warrior/leader and, equally as important, as a follower who carried out the orders of his superiors. Yes, Gordon Lippman was the kind of soldier we aspire to be. This book provides a good proforma for anyone interested in becoming a soldier leader! The reader will get a clear appreciation for the complexity of military war operations and the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform. Great documentation of military war history.”
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Lofthouse’s debut tells the story of Gordon Lippman, his cousin, who served in the US Army from the Second World War, as a paratrooper, until his untimely death in Vietnam, where he was deployed as an executive officer with the 3rd Brigade’s 1st Infantry division. “We need heroes today, and Gordon fits this description,” Lofthouse writes. He emphasizes Lippman’s bravery in combat, his zeal to serve his country in three wars, and his impressive collection of medals. At the core of the biography is a question that Lofthouse asks with wonder: “Where does America get such gallant men?” Lippman—one example, Lofthouse argues, of many such heroes—exemplified “leadership, humility, courage, faith, and loyalty.”

Lippman grew up in South Dakota and enlisted when he turned 18 in March of 1943, going on to fight in Italy, France, and at the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he got married, adopted children, and went to further his education while continuing to serve in the Army. During the Korean War, he served with valor as the white officer of the 24th Infantry Regiment, a historically Black unit. When the Vietnam War began, he again answered the call of his country and served until his death in an attack on a U.S. base in 1965, which is recounted in vivid, moving language by a captain (eventually a lieutenant colonel) who bore witness.

Lofthouse draws on extensive background research and makes able use of photos and maps, and a closing appendix offers reminisces from his family. He aims to tell this story as one of both courage (which is well attested, through the medals Lippman won) but also as one of Christian faith, which is less well demonstrated in the narrative. More attention to Lippman’s life outside of his military service may have presented a more well-rounded portrait and lent weight to his faith. Still, Lofthouse does an excellent job relating Lippman’s valor in such a way that it is sure to inspire more.

Takeaway: This soldier’s biography, penned by a cousin, celebrates courage, service, and uncommon valor in three U.S. wars.

Great for fans of: Bill Richardson’s Valleys of Death, James K. Cullen’s Band of Strangers.

Production grades
Cover: B
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: B+
Editing: A-
Marketing copy: B

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 10/2021
  • 9781646634729
  • 206 pages
  • $16.95
Hardcover Book Details
  • 10/2021
  • 9781646634743
  • 206 pages
  • $25.95

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