A FATHER, A SON, AND AN EXTRAORDINARY ACT OF HEROISM THAT CONTINUES TO LIVE ON TODAY
Spanning seven decades and linking a sprawling cast of heroes from every corner of the country, No Surrender is an unforgettable story of a father’s extraordinary acts of valor in the treacherous final days of World War II and a son’s journey to discover them.
Only after my father died did I learn what he and his buddies had done on Iwo Jima. After his fathers’ death, Chris Edmonds journeyed across the US and to Germany to discover his father’s heroic past. No Surrender is a quintessential American story of bravery, compassion, and righteousness told by an admiring son.
JAMES BRADLEY, New York Times bestselling author of Flags of Our Fathers
Roddie Edmonds is a hero for our age—or any age. His story of principled defiance in the face of evil is an inspiration and a challenge. In No Surrender, Chris Edmonds and Douglas Century have given us the one righteous man whose goodness spares us all.
MITCHELL ZUCKOFF, New York Times bestselling author of Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11
A you-are-there portrait of the horrors of war and the incredible effect one selfless person can have on hundreds.
About the Book
Like most members of the Greatest Generation, Roddie Edmonds, a humble American soldier from East Tennessee, rarely spoke about his experiences during World War II. Not even his son Chris—who always considered his father a hero—knew the full details of Roddie’s capture at the Battle of the Bulge or his captivity at Stalag IXA, a Nazi POW camp. But when Chris’s daughter was assigned a family history project, Chris reread Roddie’s wartime diaries, which set in motion a series of life-changing events.
Called to learn his father’s story with a renewed sense of passion and purpose, Chris embarked on a years-long journey, interviewing surviving POWs under Roddie’s command, and retracing his father’s footsteps, from Fort Jackson, Georgia, where a boyish Roddie transformed into a seasoned leader of men, to the patch of grass near Zeigenhein, Germany, where he stared evil in the eye and dared a Nazi to shoot.
Chris Edmonds, along with New York Times bestselling author Douglas Century, takes us to the front lines of this inspiring multigenerational story, revealing in gripping, novelistic detail Roddie’s previously untold heroism—and the lasting effects his bravery had on the lives of thousands, then and now. “What was most remarkable about my journey to discover what my father did during the war,” Chris writes, “was the realization that any one of us has the untapped potential to do something incredibly courageous. We all have the potential to change the world simply by standing up for what’s right.”
A quintessential American story of bravery, compassion, and righteousness, No Surrender is a shining example of the transformative and redemptive power of moral courage and a celebration of faith, family, and service, the very characteristics that continue to define us today.
Service and Sacrifice - Video Credit: WBIR-TV
No Surrender Book Tour & Appearances
October 10 - Knoxville, TN 6:45-8:30 PMBooks-A-Million talk and signing
October 11 - Pigeon Forge, TN 6:45-8:00 PMBooks-A-Million talk and signing
October 12 - Nashville, TN 10:00 AMSouthern Festival of Books panel discussion and signing
October 15 - Chicago, IL 6:30 PMBookstall @ Glenview Community Church talk and signing
October 16 - Chicago, IL 5:30-7:00 PM57th Street Books Seminary Co-op talk and signing
October 17 - Skokie, IL 6:00-8:00 PMIllinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center talk and signing
October 20 - Maryville, TN 2:00-4:00 PMPiney Grove Baptist Church JFR documentary screening, book signing
October 22 - Huntsville, AL 6:30-8:00 PMBooks-A-Million talk and signing
October 23 - Montgomery, AL 7:00 PMBooks-A-Million (Montgomery/East Chase) talk and signing
October 28 - Oxford, MS 5:00-6:30 PMSquare Books talk and signing
October 29 - Jackson, MS 4:30-6:00 PMLemuria Books talk and signing
October 30 - Nashville, TN 6:30-8:00 PMBarnes & Noble Vanderbilt University talk and signing
November 10 - Atlanta, GA 12:00 PMMarcus JCC Atlanta Book Festival talk, audience q&a, and signing