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.
The Christopher Awards were created in 1949 to celebrate writers, producers, directors, authors, and illustrators whose work “affirms the highest values of the human spirit” and reflects the Christopher motto, “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” Chris Edmonds reveals his father Roddie’s untold story of courage, which saved the lives of hundreds of American soldiers being held in a Nazi POW camp during World War II, in No Surrender (HarperOne/Harper Collins), written with Douglas Century.
2020 Christopher Award Recipient Tony Rossi
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 2019 - Knoxville, TN 6:45-8:30 PMBooks-A-Million - meet and greet and book signing
October 11 2019 - Pigeon Forge, TN 6:45-8:00 PMBooks-A-Million - meet and greet and book signing
October 12 2019 - Nashville, TN 10:00 AMSouthern Festival of Books - panel discussion and book signing
October 15 2019 - Chicago, IL 6:30 PMBookstall @ Glenview Community Church - meet and greet and book signing
October 16 2019 - Chicago, IL 5:30-7:00 PM57th Street Books Seminary Co-op - meet and greet and book signing
October 17 2019 - Skokie, IL 6:00-8:00 PMIllinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center - speak and book signing
October 20 2019 - Maryville, TN 2:00-4:00 PMPiney Grove Baptist Church - JFR documentary screening, speak, q&a, and book signing
October 22 2019 - Huntsville, AL 6:30-8:00 PMBooks-A-Million - meet and greet and book signing
October 23 2019 - Montgomery, AL 7:00 PMBooks-A-Million (Montgomery/East Chase) - meet and greet and book signing
October 28 2019 - Oxford, MS 5:00-6:30 PMSquare Books - meet and greet and book signing
October 29 2019 - Jackson, MS 4:30-6:00 PMLemuria Books - meet and greet and book signing
October 30 2019 - Nashville, TN 6:30-8:00 PMBarnes & Noble Vanderbilt University - meet and greet and book signing
November 10 2019 - Atlanta, GA 12:00 PMMarcus JCC Atlanta Book Festival - speak, q&a, and book signing
November 11 2019 - Columbia, SC 7:00 PMColumbia Jewish Film Festival - film screening, speak, q&a and book signing
November 13 2019 - Radio Interview 8:20 PMLars Larson Show
November 15 2019 - Radio Interview 5:30-6:30 PMHallerin Hilton Hill Show
November 21 2019 - Radio Interview 10:35 PMBreitbart News
December 7 2019 - Fort Campbell, KY 11:00-1:30Fort Campbell - speak and book signing
December 8-10 2019 - New York CityTV Satellite Tour
December 16 2019 - Radio Interview 10:45 AMDave Malarkey WISR-AM/Pittsburgh, PA
January 10 2020 - Townsend, TN 4:00-7:00 PMBlount County Historical Museum - speak, q&a and book signing
January 16 2020 - Dallas, TX 7:00 PMDallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum - panel discussion and book signing
January 28 2020 - Miami, FL 10:00-11:00 AMCommunity College - speak and q&a
January 28 2020 - Miami, FL 7:00-8:00 PMJewish Synagogue - speak, q&a, and book signing
January 30 2020 - Knoxville, TN 7:00 PMRepublican Jewish Coalition - speak, q&a and book signing
February 6 2020 - Knoxville, TN 6:30 PMGettysvue Book Club - speak, q&a and book signing
February 10-11 - San Antonio, TXCUFI Leadership Conference
March 4 2020 - Radio Interview 5:00 PMIn His Sign Network/Rosemont, PA
March 12, 2020 - Maryville, TNBlount County Book Club - speak, q&a and book signing
March 28 2020 - Townsend, TNLocal Authors Book Signing
April 19 2020 - Charleston, SC 2:30-4:30 PMYom HaShoah Program - speaking
April 21 2020 - Washington DCAdas Israel Congregation - Garden of the Righteous Ceremony
April 29 2020 - Washington, NJ 2:00 PMWarren County Community College - speak, q&a and book signing
May 7 2020 - St. Petersburg, FL 6:30-8:30 PMFlorida Holocaust Museum - speak, q&a and book signing
May 13 2020 - Middletown, NJ 9:00 AMCChange Presentation - Brookdale College - film screening
June 28-30 2020 - Washington, DCCUFI Summit
September 9-13 2020 - Kansas City, KS106th Infantry Reunion
September 26-30 2020 - Los Angeles, CATemple of the Arts - Day of Atonement - speak, q&a, and event appearance
November 8, 2020 - Maryville, TNVictory Baptist Church - speak
November 11, 2020 - Oak Ridge, TN 11:00 AMORNL - Veteran's Day Program - speak,