Become an Insider           Login
Not an Insider Yet?

We no longer offer memberships.
Existing Insider Members may still login (right) and receive their benefits. Stay tuned for some major changes.

Reset Password - Forgot My Username

Remember me


Reading something so profound and thought-provoking as No Tougher Duty certainly puts one's life in perspective. There were times when I had to put the book down, as the feelings and sadness were overwhelming. No Tougher Duty is an autobiography by Christian Bussler who served in the Mortuary Affairs Unit, where his primary job was to recover the bodies of fallen service members and prepare them for transportation back to the United States, after the aftermath of the heaviest fighting during the occupation. I know very little of military life other than small conversations my father told me when I was growing up. He was stationed in Africa during the Second World War, yet this book brings home some of what I could imagine my father must have encountered in a different war, a different time, and a different place. Yet the sacrifices of both the living and dead cannot differ by much in any other conflict. I was born in England in 1949, but I didn't get called up for National Service as I was too young. National Service ended gradually from 1960. In November 1960 the last men entered service, as call-up formally ended on 31 December 1960, and the last serviceman left the armed forces in May 1963. This never happened in the USA, but when Army end-strength fell to a dismal 538,000 soldiers in June 1948, Congress begrudgingly passed the Selective Service Act 1948. Reading Chris's story; it's still hard to comprehend what they went through and suffered. As a civilian, I respect and honor the service of veterans all over the world who freely gave of themselves to protect my freedom. I also know that I cannot completely understand what a veteran has experienced. It was touching, revealing, informative, and well written, and at times caused me to realize, why can't we live in PEACE?


~Michael Rowland, TopShelf Reviews