The story begins on May 4, 1945.
World War II was almost over when the Koski family received the telegram informing them that one of the six Koski brothers had been killed in action.
This is the story of the events, both large and small, that led up to that day. It is the story of a poor immigrant family, struggling to survive the Great Depression; the story of the six Koski brothers, the men they served with, and the millions of Allied soldiers who saved the world during the dark days of World War II.
This is the story of the rise of Fascism and the failed politics of appeasement; the story of Hitler and Chamberlain, Churchill and Roosevelt. This is the story of world events, powerful leaders, and the ordinary people who rose to meet the extraordinary challenges of their time.
This is not a dry, historical account of events; this is a detailed, accurate depiction of the real-life experiences of these ordinary soldiers, these ordinary heroes, drawn against the backdrop of a world at war.
Ordinary Heroes: Six Stars in the Window, weaves the story of the six Koski brothers into a compelling account of World War II as seen through the eyes of the young men who fought it, a panoramic view of the war from Pearl Harbor to the Aleutian Islands, from the D-Day invasion to the bitter fighting in the mountains of Italy.
Ordinary Heroes: Six Stars in the Window is available as a hardcover book with 280 pages, 8.5 x 11” in size.
An accompanying 28 minute documentary video is also available on DVD and from Amazon on-demand.
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Ordinary Heroes: Six Stars in the Window is also available as a free, multimedia digital book that runs in your browser.
"Ordinary Heroes: Six Stars in the Windows is the story of ordinary people—ordinary heroes—who are so representative of an entire extraordinary generation.
I am honored to have played a part in documenting the story of the Koski family, the six Koski brothers, and the men they served with.
But, I am very aware that in a very real sense, I didn’t write the story—I just wrote the book.
This story was written in the snows of the Ardennes, in the skies over southern Europe, and in the mountains of Italy. It was written by the six Koski brothers, by the men they served with, and by the millions of Allied soldiers who sacrificed so much to win that war."