FDL Book Salon Welcomes Rita Cosby, Quiet Hero: Secrets from My Father’s Past

[Welcome Author and Journalist, Rita Cosby, and Host Dennis Showalter, Professor, History, Colorado College]

[As a courtesy to our guests, please keep comments to the book.  Please take other conversations to a previous thread. – bev]

Quiet Hero: Secrets from My Father’s Past

“I know my dad was in the war, but I only began understanding what that meant when we were going through his stuff after the funeral and I found…” It may be letters home, read and never discarded. It may be a barracks bag, dust-covered and full of mementos. The background is the same. Veterans, whether of Korea or Vietnam, World War II or Iraq, Korea or Vietnam, the Arab-Israeli or the Indo-Pakistan conflicts are reluctant to talk of their experiences within the family.

The usual consequence of children excluded from a defining element their father’s life is distancing, alienation. The damage ranges from marginal to destructive. Rita Cosby shows that it need not be permanent, and we welcome her to Firedoglake.

This compelling story begins when Rita’s Polish-born father leaves his family for another woman and a new life—on Christmas Eve. His daughter, who grew up to be investigative reporter Rita Cosby, remained angry and alienated until she found an old suitcase full of her father’s bits and pieces from World War II. Curiosity overcame rage, and the result was Quiet Hero. (more…)