Author Robert Child inks Book Deal with Bloomsbury Publishing for Immortal Valor
The WWII nonfiction title will publish next year to coincide with Black History Month in the USA
By: RSC Media Group, LLC
In 1945, when Congress began reviewing the record of the most conspicuous acts of courage by American soldiers during WWII, they recommended awarding the Medal of Honor to 432 recipients. Of those nominated and despite a total of more than one million African-Americans who served, not a single black soldier received the Medal of Honor. The omission remained on the record for over four decades.
In 1993, the U.S. Army commissioned a research team at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC, to investigate the discrepancy and explore deserving black service members' records. The investigation uncovered seven incidents of uncommon valor that merited the Medal of Honor and, in turn, brought to light long-standing racial discrimination within the government to deny African-Americans their country's highest military honor.
In 1997, more than half a century after the war, President Clinton finally awarded the Medal of Honor to seven black Americans in a White House ceremony. Immortal Valor will bring their stories to life.
Child commented, "In researching Black military history for my recently released television documentary, Serving for Justice, along with my executive producer Art Collins a former US Marine Corps veteran, what became clear is that we need to tell more compelling stories about African-American soldiers of World War II. Their personal backgrounds have been largely ignored over the last 75 years and we are committed to tell their stories." More about Robert Child http://www.robchild.net
Commissioning Editor Kate Moore from Osprey Publishing said, "I am delighted to have acquired this noteworthy title from Robert Child. It is a remarkable story of ordinary men who performed extraordinary acts of courage and yet were shamefully denied the highest accolade due to the color of their skin. I am proud that we will be able to bring their story to a wider audience with this new book."
About Osprey Publishing – an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, Plc
Osprey Publishing is the leading publisher of illustrated military history. Now in its 50th year, Osprey has published more than 3,000 titles on a wide range of military history subjects from ancient times to the present day, covering battles, campaigns, uniforms, weapons, equipment, tactics and organization.
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