Here is a comprehensive history of America's highest decoration, which actually is three distinct medals, one each for the Army, Navy, and Air Force. The recipients are listed from the medal's inception in 1861 to the Vietnam War and grouped by conflict and branch of service. The text includes selected accounts of recipients for each conflict in which the award was made, the different kinds of Congressional medals of honor, and interviews with living recipients. Special sections cover a wealth of topics, such as a vignette about the only woman to receive the award, Dr. Mary Walker. Each section includes photos and illustrations. An excellent reference choice. George F. Scheck, Naval War Coll. Lib., Newport, R.I.