The Last Hurrah

It was the one that truly mattered as America said "welcome home"

"We are not really heroes. We work for the Government and just did our job."

—Former Hostage Sergeant Joseph Subic, U.S.A.

Perhaps. But Americans, weary of bickering and division, had been looking eagerly for heroes who could inspire a healing outburst of spontaneous affection and patriotism.

And if the heroes turned out to be a band of 52 people who had withstood an ordeal that they had not sought, who seemed as puzzled as they were delighted by their sudden glory, and who preached no...

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