Synopses & Reviews
Major General Sid Shachnow was more than a highly decorated Vietnam War veteran--receiving two silver and three bronze stars with V for Valor. He survived a crucible far crueler than the jungles of Vietnam: Nazi occupied Eastern Europe. As a child, he spent three years in the notorious Kovno Concentration Camp.
But his next journey took him to America, where he worked his way through school and eventually enlisted in the US Army. He volunteered for U.S. Special Forces, and served proudly for 32 years. His driving dream was to save others from the indignities he had endured and the deadly fate he so narrowly escaped.
From Vietnam to the Mideast, to the fall of the Berlin Wall, Sid Shachow served in Special Operations. He grew as Special Forces grew, rising to major-general--responsible for American Special Forces everywhere--but the lessons of Kovno stayed with him, wherever he turned, wherever he soldiered.
The will to live--so painfully refined in the fires of that long-ago death camp--forged, in the end, into truth of soul and wisdom of the heart.
A story of hope, honor, heroism---one that should be read by everyone who enjoys freedom . . . or longs for it.
W. E. B. Griffin
"From surviving the insanity of Hitler's holocaust to becoming commander of U.S. Special Forces, General Shachnow has accomplished the incredible. His is a story of hope, honor, heroism---one that should be read by everyone who enjoys freedom . . . or longs for it."--W. E. B. Griffin on Hope and Honor
"A gripping story of a warrior's survival and ultimate victory against all odds."--General Norman Schwarzkopf on Hope and Honor
"A gripping memoir of personal tragedy, perserverence, and triumph. Very few soldiers achieve the rank of Major General in the U.S. Army Special Forces. That a survivor of the Kovno concentration camp could do so says great things about the U.S. Army. . . . Major General Shachnow is a great American who serves as an example to every American that freedom does not come free."--Paul Wolfowitz on Hope and Honor
"Absolutely harrowing, as vivid and frightening as any Holocaust account I've read. His Special Forces experiences in Vietnam are also astonishing. General Shachnow had a vital role in shaping America's Special Forces into the tool it is today, at the precise time it is needed."--Larry Bond, author of the New York Times bestseller Red Phoenix on Hope and Honor
"An inspiring story wonderfully told, General Shachnow's memoir is as deeply moving as it is fascinating. His journey from a childhood amid the Holocaust to become one of the U.S. Army's most effective and visionary generals is at once a testament to his personal courage, to human resilience and to America's greatness."--Ralph Peters, author of Beyond Baghdad and Fighting For The Future on Hope and Honor
"What a book! Must reading! More riveting than any novel!"---Thomas Fleming
on Hope and Honor
"Sid Shachnow's life is an inspiring story for us all. . . . His powerful narrative is a riveting read, moving and informative."---Fred Franks, General U.S. Army (ret.), co-author with Tom Clancy of the New York Times #1 bestseller Into the Storm: A Study in Command on Hope and Honor
A gripping story of a warrior's survival and ultimate victory against all odds.
General Norman Schwarzkopf
A gripping memoir of personal tragedy, perserverence, and triumph.
Absolutely harrowing, as vivid and frightening as any Holocaust account I've read.
An inspiring story wonderfully told, General Shachnow's memoir is as deeply moving as it is fascinating.
What a book! Must reading! More riveting than any novel!
author of Beyond Baghdad and Fighting For The Future
Sid Shachnow's life is an inspiring story for us all....His powerful narrative is a riveting read, moving and informative.
About the Author
MAJOR GENERAL SID SHACHOW is a holocaust survivor who entered the U.S. military and became a highly decorated general and the head of all U.S. Special Operations. He lives in Virginia.
JANN ROBBINS has worked as an ad executive and as an editor of both novels and nonfiction. She lives in Valencia, California, where she is currently at work on a memoir about life with her husband, Harold Robbins.