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No Surrender

A Father, a Son, and an Extraordinary Act of Heroism That Continues to Live on Today

Christopher Edmonds Douglas Century

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HarperCollins
21 October 2019
Biography: historical, political & military; Second World War; Prisoners of war
Part contemporary detective story, part World War II historical narrative, No Surrender is the inspiring true story of Roddie Edmonds, a Knoxville-born enlistee who risked his life during the final days of World War II to save others from murderous Nazis, and the lasting effects his actions had on thousands of lives-then and now. Captured in the Battle of the Bulge, Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds was the highest-ranking American soldier at Stalag IXA, a prisoner of war camp near Ziegenhain, Germany. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Roddie was a simple, soft-spoken man of deep inner strength and unwavering Christian faith. Though he was driven to the limits of endurance, Roddie refused to succumb to Nazi brutality toward the Jewish-American GIs with whom he was serving. Through his inspiring leadership and bravery Roddie saved the lives of hundreds of U.S. infantrymen in those perilous final days of the Second World War. His fearless actions continue to reverberate today. Growing up, Pastor Chris Edmonds knew little of his father's actions in the war. To learn the truth, he followed a trail of clues, a journey that spanned seven decades and linked a sprawling cast of heroes, both known and unknown, from every corner of the country. In No Surrender, Pastor Chris, joined by New York Times bestselling co-author Douglas Century, chronicles his odyssey to tell the unforgettable story of his father and his remarkable valor. He also provides startling details (and vantage points) of some of the major events of World War II and United States Army initiatives that helped the Allies win the war, including the Battle of the Bulge, the massacre at Malmedy, and the now-little-known Army Specialized Training Program which prepared brilliant young soldier-scholars -or Quiz Kids -from across the nation to battle the Nazis. As compelling as the number-one New York Times bestsellers Unbroken, Boys on the Boat, Band of Brothers, and Schindler's List, illustrated with photographs and historical documents throughout, No Surrender is an epic story of bravery, compassion, and faith, and an inspiring testament to man's goodness. It is also a clarion call for our narcissistic age-a shining example of the transformative and redemptive power of moral courage.
By:   Christopher Edmonds
With:   Douglas Century
Imprint:   HarperCollins
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   422g
ISBN:   9780062991508
ISBN 10:   0062991507
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   21 October 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Douglas Century recently collaborated on two New York Times Bestsellers: William Queen's Under and Alone and, with Rick Cowan, Takedown: The Fall of the Last Mafia Empire (a finalist for the 2003 Edgar Award in Best Fact Crime).

Reviews for No Surrender: A Father, a Son, and an Extraordinary Act of Heroism That Continues to Live on Today

Roddie Edmonds is a hero for our age--or any age. His story of principled defiance in the face of evil is an inspiration and a challenge. In No Surrender, Chris Edmonds and Douglas Century have given us the one righteous man whose goodness spares us all. --MITCHELL ZUCKOFF, New York Times bestselling author of Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11 Only after my father died did I learn what he and his buddies had done on Iwo Jima. After his fathers' death, Chris Edmonds journeyed across the US and to Germany to discover his father's heroic past. No Surrender is a quintessential American story of bravery, compassion, and righteousness told by an admiring son. --JAMES BRADLEY, New York Times bestselling author of Flags of Our Fathers


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