Synopses & Reviews
In the early months of 1945, the long and bitter struggle against Nazi Germany reached a decisive stage. Allied forces launched a massive assault on the Rhineland as they prepared to push into the heart of the Third Reich. With the heavy casualties suffered by white soldiers at the Battle of the Bulge, black soldiers, for the first time, played a major combat role. And Sergeant Eddie Carter was right in the thick of the battle, serving in the 12th Armored Division under Patton, as he fought to secure the Rhine and stop the Nazis in their tracks. With a zealous fearlessness, Carter single-handedly captured several Germans and secured reconnaissance that would be critical in capturing Speyer. His efforts would win him. a Distinguished Service Cross. But it wasn't until fifty-two years later that Carter was awarded the Medal of Honor.
Here is the untold story of why the American government not only withheld Carter's much due recognition but why they also denied him -- one of the most decorated black American soldiers in WWII -- the opportunity to reenlist. And here, too, is the inspiring story of the valiant Carter family -- from the moving courtship of Eddie and his wife, Mildred, to the family's unrelenting efforts to get the American government to apologize and own up to the racism and McCarthyism that fueled years of deceit and bigotry.
“Extraordinary. Packed with jewels of Americas diverse racial and cultural history too often hidden from view.” Booklist
“A well-grounded expose.” Kirkus Reviews
“The story of Sergeant Eddie Carter reveals the racism during a war presumed to be for freedom and equality.” Howard Zinn
“An extraordinary story...that every American should know.” Gail Buckley, author of American Patriots
“Important and inspiring....It should be required reading for all Americans who value truth.” Robert Kerrey, author of When I Was a Young Man and President of the New School
“Fascinating....What the Army and Government did in secret to a black American war hero...is chilling.” Joseph Galloway, co-author of We Were Soldiers Once...and Young
About the Author
Allene G. Carter is a self-taught researcher and union activist who has been featured in a number of media outlets, including U.S. News & World Report,
the Washington Post,
and the Los Angeles Times.
She lives in Los Angeles, California.