Endorsements & Reviews

“All men die but, not all men truly live. Uncommon Bonds is the story of three brothers who have truly lived. The fact that three brothers could achieve so much, not just for themselves, but also for their country, is amazing. The idea that they achieved these things from such turbulent beginnings exemplifies that the American Dream is available to us all. The example set by these men and their parents is pure Americana! It would seem like a fable if it were not for the fact that it all really happened!”

Admiral William McRaven (Retired)

Former Commander of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) , He is directly responsible for the successful planning and mission execution that resulted in the termination of Osama Bin Laden on May 2, 2011. , He is now Chancellor at the University of Texas.

“The Banach brothers have lived the American Dream—from the United States Army to the top of the Olympic podium, Steve, Ed, and Lou are heroes. This inspiring family journey is not only about overcoming obstacles, but having the courage, tenacity, and faith to keep standing when the world keeps kicking you in the shin.”

Tommy Spaulding


“Uncommon Bonds is a story of dedication, hard work, and the principles of what is great about life. The Banach brothers have articulated their amazing journeys in this book. You will be moved, inspired, and transformed by the stories and lessons of this book.”

Joe Sweeney


“This is a must-read book. The Banach trio, Steve, Ed, and Lou: each has those special traits that lead people to world accomplishments. I’ve always been amazed at how they all could do this. This book gives me an up-close understanding.”

Dan Gable

1972 Olympic Champion & 1984 Olympic Coach, Legendary Coach Of The University Of Iowa Wrestling Team, Winner Of Twenty-Three Division 1 NCAA Titles

“The story of the Banach Brothers is an inspiring journey of three University of Iowa graduates who throughout their lives have overcome seemingly insurmountable odds through faith, perseverance, and an uncommon level of resilience. It is a testament to each of us that the impossible is possible. But this is not just a story about these three brothers—it is also a story that exemplifies the American Dream!”

The Honorable Joni Ernst

United States Senator, Iowa

“Uncommon Bonds: A Journey in Optimism is a testament to the remarkable
 spirits of the Banach brothers. This book can serve as a guide to all who undertake leadership responsibilities that require persistence, optimism, resiliency, and positive attitude. The book is also a study in how young men can support one another in order 
to prosper despite extraordinary adversity. Uncommon Bonds will assist mothers and fathers, teachers and coaches, athletes and performers, and anyone who seeks to achieve triumph where failure would be easier.”

Bob Bowlsby

Commissioner, Big 12 Collegiate Athletic Conference

“All around us are those who have advantages but still look for excuses, and those who have travelled difficult roads wanting of sympathy and handouts. I’ve known Lou Banach for more than twenty years, yet by his actions and character I never had a hint of the unforgiving circumstances that he (and his brothers) had to overcome until this memoir. This book will revive your confidence in the true grit of the human spirit, in the belief that strangers can make a difference in a young person’s life, and in the power of faith and optimism to surmount even the thinnest of odds.”

Terri Bresenham

President & CEO, India & South Asia, GE Healthcare