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I want you to know this book is not about the war in Iraq, and I'm not pushing a political agenda. Even though I'm going to ...

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Overview

An exceptional memoir about one man's truly inspirational outlook on living, no matter the odds.

Before you dig into this book, there are a few things I think you should know. First, I was a soldier, and I still talk like one-in other words, I swear. So, if bad words bother you, just squint and pretend you don't see them.

I want you to know this book is not about the war in Iraq, and I'm not pushing a political agenda. Even though I'm going to tell you about the day I was wounded and what I went through during rehab, this book's not just some war memoir or a pity party. I just want to share some of my stories with you. This book is not about being wounded. It's not about struggling.

This book is about living. It's about life.

In this inspiring memoir, Bryan shares his infectious love for life that touches anyone who's faced hardship. No Turning Back is a testament to pure hard work, perseverance, and hope for a better life- no matter what shape it takes.

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-James Gandolfini
"When I met Bryan Anderson, I knew I was meeting someone exceptional. He put me immediately at ease. Here he was, this triple amputee, with every reason to be pissed off at the world, meeting someone who never wore the uniform. He pulled himself up on the chair, smiled with that shit-eating grin of his, and told me his astounding story.
Bryan is among that rare breed of hero, that takes in all the worst the world can heap on you, and lets it make him stronger, and makes the rest of us want to be better....he will make you think, and he will make you laugh, and you will be better for having read [his book]."
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With the assistance of Mack (The 4400, 2009, etc.), Iraq War veteran and Purple Heart winner Anderson looks at his life after a devastating explosion in the streets of Baghdad left him a triple amputee. The opening chapter, "Alive Day," details the mindset of a soldier as he prepares for a routine task--escorting a general through Baghdad--and the minutia (vehicle checks, locating preferred soda, checking on his fellow soldiers) that helped to anchor his experiences. The bomb that hit Anderson's vehicle, a version of an improvised explosive device dubbed an EFP (explosively formed penetrator), followed a path directly through the driver's side of the truck he was driving. Anderson woke up in Walter Reed Army Hospital facing more than a year of recovery and rehabilitation. Imbued with a steady stream of positive thinking and can-do philosophy, the narrative chronicles Anderson's insistence that he master the use of prosthetic legs and his determination to thrive in environments outside of the hospital or rehab. In straightforward, occasionally treacly language, the author describes the life he has made for himself and the joy of discovering new experiences like snowboarding, dating, traveling the country as a spokesperson, acting and working as a stuntman. An undoubtedly admirable, inspirational story--but not for readers who don't enjoy inspirational memoirs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425243558
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.28 (w) x 6.32 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Bryan Anderson served two tours of duty in Iraq and was awarded a Purple Heart. A natural athlete, he snowboards, wakeboards, whitewater-rafts, and rockclimbs, among other sports. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.
David Mack is the national bestselling author of nearly twenty novels. In addition to novels, Mack's writing credits including television, film, short fiction, magazines, newspapers, comic books, computer games, radio, and the Internet. He lives in New York City.

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  • Posted November 1, 2011

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    I really don't have to read the book. But, I will and I will buy numerous copies for all my friends and family. I know Bryan Anderson personally. I remember the day this happened and my son called me from Iraq, crying and I tried to understand what he was telling me and then he calmed down long enough to tell me that Bryan had been injuried. It was a rough time for Bryan and all of Bryan's soldier friends.
    I remember when the soldiers came home from Iraq and Bryan stood up on his artifical legs and saluted the soldiers when they came into the gym at Fort Hood. Not a dry eye in the house. I have tears in my eyes just thinking about what this man and those soldiers have done.
    Bryan is outstanding and very uplifting. I can't wait to read the book.
    He is an inspiration to everyone he meets.
    So, please buy the book and read it.
    I'm proud of you Bryan and love you.
    Paula (Army Mom)

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Excellent Read

    A great book to read which will have you laughing and thinking about life.

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