Soldiers of Uncommon Valor: the history of Salvationists of African descent in the United States tells the stories of Alexander Beck, who helped evangelize California in 1896; Thomas Ferguson, a prolific music composer and poet who lived in Boston, Massachusetts during the Ragtime era of the 1900s; Adrian and Eualee DaCosta, missionaries who started the Army’s work in Nigeria in 1920; and Dorothy Purser, a pharmacist and nurse who successfully fought to open doors for black women in hospital administration in 1950s in Cincinnati Ohio—to name just a few. This is a one–of–kind book that has been eight years in the making, involving the support and contributions of Salvationists from across the United States. The work covers the participation of people of African descent in the formation of The Salvation Army in the United States from as early as 1872 to 2005. Through a series of 20 chapters in 400 pages, the author, Warren L. Maye, weaves a gripping narrative. A rich well of historical research is transformed into inspiring stories that flow quickly from one ministry milestone to another.