An unpopular war, a government run by those who use the times to advance their careers, the story is set in the tumultuous 1950s.
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A brutal war and political posturing . . . from a hillside in a war-torn country to Capitol Hill, accidents of time and place conspire to make Hector Collin a hero. Leaving behind the coal mines of his youth, he follows the life of a soldier in peace and in war. He rises above the rest, only to plunge into the depths of dispair. He is an accidental hero, taking life as it comes, letting events drive him. Once acclaimed by his own generation, he is rejected by the people his honor makes him defend. Redemnption, if it comes, lies in his decision to take charge of his life and go on. It is a different kind of heroism, one that must be deliberate, not accidental.