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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"An ode to excellence. An inspiring read for every American." —Robert M. Gates

An extraordinary journey behind the scenes of Arlington National Cemetery, Senator Tom Cotton's Sacred Duty offers an intimate and inspiring portrait of "The Old Guard," the revered U.S. Army unit whose mission is to honor our country's fallen heroes on the most hallowed ground in America.

Cotton was a platoon leader with the storied 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment—The Old Guard—between combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. At the height of the Iraq Surge, he carried the flag-draped remains of his fallen comrades off of airplanes at Dover Air Force Base, and he laid them to rest in Arlington's famed Section 60, "the saddest acre in America." He also performed hundreds of funerals for veterans of the Greatest Generation, as well as the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

The Old Guard has embodied the ideals of honor and sacrifice across our nation's history. America's oldest active-duty regiment, dating back to 1784, The Old Guard conducts daily military-honor funerals on the 624 rolling acres of Arlington, where generations of American heroes rest. Its soldiers hold themselves to the standard of perfection in sweltering heat, frigid cold, and driving rain. Every funeral is a no-fail, zero-defect mission, whether honoring a legendary general or a humble private.

In researching and writing the book, Cotton returned to Arlington and shadowed the regiment's soldiers, from daily funerals to the state funeral of President George H. W. Bush to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, reliving the honor—and the challenges—of duty at the nation's "most sacred shrine."

Part history of The Old Guard, part memoir of Cotton's time at Arlington, part intimate profile of the today's soldiers, Sacred Duty is an unforgettable testament to the timeless power of service and sacrifice to our nation.

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        Tom Cotton is a United States Senator from Arkansas. He served in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division and in Afghanistan with a Provincial Reconstruction Team. Between combat tours, he served with the United States Army's 3rd Infantry Regiment ("The Old Guard") at Arlington National Cemetery. His military decorations include the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Ranger Tab. He served one term in the House of Representatives before election to the Senate. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Tom is married to Anna and they have two sons, Gabriel and Daniel.

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"An ode to excellence. An inspiring read for every American." —Robert M. Gates

An extraordinary journey behind the scenes of Arlington National Cemetery, Senator Tom Cotton's Sacred Duty offers an intimate and inspiring portrait of "The Old Guard," the revered U.S. Army unit whose mission is to honor our country's fallen heroes on the most hallowed ground in America.

Cotton was a platoon leader with the storied 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment—The Old Guard—between combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. At the height of the Iraq Surge, he carried the flag-draped remains of his fallen comrades off of airplanes at Dover Air Force Base, and he laid them to rest in Arlington's famed Section 60, "the saddest acre in America." He also performed hundreds of funerals for veterans of the Greatest Generation, as well as the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

The Old Guard has embodied the ideals of...

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"An ode to excellence. An inspiring read for every American." —Robert M. Gates

An extraordinary journey behind the scenes of Arlington National Cemetery, Senator Tom Cotton's Sacred Duty offers an intimate and inspiring portrait of "The Old Guard," the revered U.S. Army unit whose mission is to honor our country's fallen heroes on the most hallowed ground in America.

Cotton was a platoon leader with the storied 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment—The Old Guard—between combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. At the height of the Iraq Surge, he carried the flag-draped remains of his fallen comrades off of airplanes at Dover Air Force Base, and he laid them to rest in Arlington's famed Section 60, "the saddest acre in America." He also performed hundreds of funerals for veterans of the Greatest Generation, as well as the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

The Old Guard has embodied the ideals of honor and sacrifice across our nation's history. America's oldest active-duty regiment, dating back to 1784, The Old Guard conducts daily military-honor funerals on the 624 rolling acres of Arlington, where generations of American heroes rest. Its soldiers hold themselves to the standard of perfection in sweltering heat, frigid cold, and driving rain. Every funeral is a no-fail, zero-defect mission, whether honoring a legendary general or a humble private.

In researching and writing the book, Cotton returned to Arlington and shadowed the regiment's soldiers, from daily funerals to the state funeral of President George H. W. Bush to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, reliving the honor—and the challenges—of duty at the nation's "most sacred shrine."

Part history of The Old Guard, part memoir of Cotton's time at Arlington, part intimate profile of the today's soldiers, Sacred Duty is an unforgettable testament to the timeless power of service and sacrifice to our nation.

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      • source: Army magazine
      • content: "Sacred Duty is an important and often moving book for soldiers, those who have been soldiers, and those who know and love soldiers. Indeed, it offers a unique insight into that ephemeral thing, the soul of the Army."
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      • source: Claremont Review of Books
      • content: "Fascinating. ... [An] inspiring, much-needed book."
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      • source: Kirkus Reviews
      • content: “A must-read. ... Sure to appeal to patriotic Americans of all stripes.”
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      • source: H.R . McMASTER, former National Security Advisor
      • content: "Sacred Duty deserves a wide readership. ... Well-crafted. ... Reveals the ethos that connects warriors to one another and to the citizens in whose name they fight."
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      • source: DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States
      • content: “A wonderful book about Arlington National Cemetery and the men and women who serve with such love and devotion.”
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      • source: ROBERT M. GATES, former U.S. Secretary of Defense
      • content: "A moving, reverent history—a tribute, really—to 'The Old Guard' ... An ode to excellence and caring in service to the nation. It is an inspiring read for every American."
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      • content: “In this meticulous history, Arkansas senator Cotton explains the role and duties of the Third Infantry Regiment, aka the Old Guard, at Arlington National Cemetery. ... This reverent account will please readers.”
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        December 1, 2018

        U.S. Senator Cotton (R-AR) chronicles Arlington National Cemetery's Old Guard, the U.S. Army's official ceremonial unit, dating from 1784 and performing duties such as standing guard at soldiers' funerals. With a 150,000-copy first printing.

        Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        April 15, 2019
        An Arkansas senator and Bronze Star recipient delivers a first book full of information, history, and remarkable facts about true heroes. The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, aka the Old Guard, is the oldest active-duty regiment in the Army. "Since 1948," writes Cotton, who served in the 3rd between combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, "the Old Guard has served at Arlington as the Army's official ceremonial unit and escort to the president." Any soldier seeking to join the Old Guard must meet the highest mental, physical, and moral standards in the military, and they cannot have civil or military convictions or drug, alcohol, or financial issues. Public missions include funerals at Arlington, state funerals, presidential inaugurations, and serving as sentinels at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The recruitment of sentinels is only within the Old Guard, and the training cycle is extremely difficult. It includes learning at least 20 distinct marching movements as well as a test of stamina in which one must stand ramrod still, without bending knees or wiggling toes, maintaining ceremonial composure for 75 minutes. Though some readers may think the author provides too much detail on uniforms, procedure, and training, he explains that in the Old Guard, perfection is not just a goal, it's an absolute. Pleats and shirt tucks are measured to the inch, stray threads are burned off, and wrinkles are unheard of. Attending multiple funerals in a day, the guard is transported by van, but they're not allowed to sit down lest they wrinkle their uniforms. As Cotton demonstrates, the uniform prep, cleaning, insignia, and badge placement are stressed continually. Among other reasons, they meet these strict guidelines because a family only gets one funeral; it must be perfect every time. "What the Old Guard does inside the gates of Arlington," writes the author, "is a testament to the noble truths and fierce courage that have built and sustained America." A must-read for military members and their families that is sure to appeal to patriotic Americans of all stripes.

        COPYRIGHT(2019) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        April 22, 2019
        In this meticulous history, Arkansas senator Cotton explains the role and duties of the Third Infantry Regiment, aka the Old Guard, at Arlington National Cemetery. For several months in 2007, after serving a tour of duty in Iraq, Cotton was a member of the regiment, which was established in 1784 to honor the “memory of our nation’s fallen heroes” and now conducts ceremonies, escorts the president, and maintains a round-the-clock vigil at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Visitors have observed the unique appearance and requirements of members of the Old Guard: a colonial-era uniform complete with wig, unusual marching style, above-average height (Cotton is 6’5”), and “standing proficiency”—they must be able to regularly stand absolutely still for 75 minutes. Cotton writes in depth about Section 60 of the cemetery, the “newest and most active burial area,” which is allocated to those killed in Iran and Afghanistan; during Cotton’s time in the regiment, 11 of 85 soldiers killed were laid to rest there. He recalls mourners in large processions wracked with “the anguish of losing a loved one just a few days earlier,” including comrades from his tour in Iraq. This reverent account will please readers of military history. Agent: Keith Urbahn, Javelin.

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