Thursday, May 19, 2011

QUIET HERO: Secrets of My Father's Past by Rita Cosby Released in Paperback

“Rita’s story is one that will touch every family...
A loving, poignant tribute to her POW father and freedom."
-Senator John McCain

“A beautiful tribute to the strength of the human spirit."
-Dr. Henry Kissinger, Former Secretary of State

The recent operation for Osama Bin Laden shows the strength of the US military and its importance in maintaining freedom and democracy for our country and throughout the world.

RITA COSBY knows this on a very personal level. She also knows about redemption, forgiveness and the value of faith.

As a renowned journalist for more than two decades, she was one of the first to report that Bin Laden was behind the 9/11 attacks, she also did an exclusive interview with then Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf right after 9/11, where after hesitation, he said he would side with America versus the terrorist mastermind. Cosby also traveled to Afghanistan near Bin Laden’s original hide-out in Tora Bora where she spent time with our troops. She was the first journalist to witness an actual interrogation at Guantanamo and see the detainees up close.

Now, in her newly released paperback, QUIET HERO: Secrets From My Father’s Past, she reveals how her own father became a POW who was saved by US troops. Her father’s story is one of sheer courage and patriotism as he battled the Nazis in WWII as a teenage resistance fighter, escaping in the sewers and ultimately weighing only 90 pounds (standing six feet tall) when he was rescued.

QUIET HERO is also a rare glimpse into the deeply personal story of the effects of war on those who fight and their families. Cosby’s father never discussed his visible and invisible scars until now, and as a result, the journey has caused father and daughter to reunite after decades of estrangement.

Rita Cosby is now on a mission to help our wounded troops and their families. Significant proceeds from QUIET HERO go to the USO’s Operation Enduring Care program. Having served as a keynote speaker alongside many military leaders such as Admiral Mike Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Rita is working tirelessly to give voice and raise awareness on the critical issue of Post Traumatic Stress and the debilitating long term effects confronting our troops and thereby impacting all our citizenry.

She has become the national spokesperson for ICAMI’s (International Committee Against Mental Illness) stress disorders program and the United Stress Disorders Association, which focus on helping those with PTSD. It’s estimated more than half a million of our troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan alone will have some form of PTSD, with an estimated 18 veterans a day committing suicide.

QUIET HERO has also become required reading in psychology and social work courses focused on trauma and recovery in several US universities, including NYU and Fordham. Her father received a special commendation from the prestigious Medal of Honor Society for his bravery.
“I’ve been blessed to interview many world leaders, celebrities, and other notables,
yet the most important person I’ve ever sat down with is not one of them,
but my own dad.” - Rita Cosby
RITA COSBY is a renowned TV host and veteran correspondent who anchored highly rated prime-time shows on Fox News Channel and MSNBC. She is currently a special correspondent for the top-rated CBS syndicated newsmagazine Inside Edition. Honors for the three-time Emmy® winner include the Matrix Award and the Jack Anderson Award. She was also selected by Cosmopolitan magazine as a “Fun and Fearless Female.” A recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Lech Walesa Freedom Award, she hosts the National Memorial Day Parade broadcast to all U.S. military installations around the world and has become a key spokesperson for troops and their families suffering from PTSD. Because of her “extraordinary journalism and exemplary service on behalf of her community,” October 11th, 2010 was officially named “Rita Cosby Day” in the State of New York. Her first book, Blonde Ambition, was a New York Times bestseller. For more information, visit Through her book QUIET HERO, Rita Cosby is partnering with the USO on a massive, new campaign called Operation Enduring Care, which will help wounded warriors and their families. Book proceeds will go towards this $100 million initiative, as well as two museums in Poland, the Warsaw Rising Museum and The Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which is being built where the Warsaw Ghetto once stood.
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