Fire in My Eyes: An American Warrior?s Journey from Being Blinded on the Battlefield to Gold Medal Victory

Fire in My Eyes: An American Warrior?s Journey from Being Blinded on the Battlefield to Gold Medal Victory

by Brad Snyder, Tom Sileo


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"I am not going to let my blindness build a brick wall around me. I'd give my eyes one hundred times again to have the chance to do what I have done, and what I can still do."-Brad Snyder speaking with First Lady Michelle Obama

On the night Osama bin Laden was killed, US Navy Lieutenant Brad Snyder was serving in Afghanistan as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer with SEAL Team Ten. When he learned of SEAL Team Six's heroics across the Pakistani border, Brad was thankful. Still, he knew that his dangerous combat deployment would continue.

Less than five months later, Brad was engulfed by darkness after a massive blast caused by an enemy improvised explosive device. Suddenly Brad was blind, with vivid dreams serving as painful nightly reminders of his sacrifice.

Exactly one year after losing his sight, Brad heard thousands cheer as he stood on a podium in London. Incredibly, Brad had just won a gold medal in swimming at the 2012 Paralympic Games.

Fire in My Eyes is the astonishing true story of a wounded veteran who refused to give up. Lieutenant Brad Snyder did not let blindness build a wall around him-through tenacity and courage, he tore it down.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306825149
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 476,732
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Brad Snyder is a US Navy veteran and Paralympic gold medalist in swimming. Brad is still an active athlete for Team USA and travels the country as a motivational speaker. He lives in Baltimore.

Tom Sileo is coauthor of Brothers Forever and Senior Editor of The Stream ( Tom is the 2016 recipient of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation's General Oliver P. Smith Award for distinguished reporting. He lives in Florida.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Shadows of Dawn 1

1 The Monsters of Weeki Wachee Springs 5

2 To Lead and to Serve 13

3 Annapolis 17

4 The Dark Ages 21

5 Two Left Shoes 27

6 Hooyah America 33

7 A Cut Above 43

8 Inshallah 51

9 The Toll of War 65

10 Shattered Dream 73

11 Under the Influence 79

12 Fields of Fire 87

13 Becoming a Warrior 105

14 The Night Osama bin Laden Was Killed 123

15 Somewhere Bright 133

16 In Between 143

17 Tap, Advance 159

18 My Country Calls Back 175

19 A Golden Opportunity 191

20 Alive Day 197

21 Fifty Stars and Thirteen Stripes 209

Afterword: The Delta 217

Acknowledgments: Brad Snyder 229

Acknowledgments: Tom Sileo 231

Index 233

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