By Robert McGovern
Captain Robert McGovern epitomizes all that's correct and sturdy in the USA. considered one of 9 childrens starting to be up in a brand new Jersey relations, he made neighborhood headlines as a highschool soccer phenom earlier than changing into a celebrity linebacker for the Kansas urban Chiefs, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the hot England Patriots. whilst his illustrious NFL profession was once over, he earned a legislations measure from Fordham college and went to paintings for the recent York urban district attorney's place of work. From that vantage element he witnessed close-up the autumn of the dual Towers on that world-altering morning in September 2001—an occasion that encouraged him to go away public existence and sign up for the U.S. military to raised serve the rustic he loves. As an army prosecuting lawyer, Captain McGovern has steered battlefield commanders on felony principles of engagement in Afghanistan and has prosecuted suspected terrorists in Iraq. A committed soldier and a guy of religion who has been at the entrance traces of the conflict on Terror—both at domestic and within the heart East—Captain Robert McGovern is a rare American with a striking and significant tale to tell—one that each American must pay attention.
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All American: Why I Believe in Football, God, and the War in Iraq by Robert McGovern
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