This was a painful book to read, but it made me appreciate what goes on during war. It is about a young doctor who leaves his wife and 4-day-old daughter to go to Iraq to do what he could to take care of injured marines. I think I can safely say I will never have to fight in a war, and I pray daily that I will never have to see a war first hand. This book made me honor those who are willing to fight for my freedom even more than I already did. I found myself with tears rolling down my face from time to time, and even a bit sick to my stomach on occasion, but I always had a sense of awe that there are people in the world who are willing to do the things that have to be done in a war. It is overwhelming to me. I want to tell them that I am so very grateful!
Ever heard of Nancy Wake? Well, you probably should have. She was an incredible WWII heroine. What guts this woman had. She was a native Australian who became an undercover agent and explosives expert. She did not seem to flinch at facing the most terrifying of circumstances in order to do what needed to be done. She was responsible for helping countless people get out of France before they could be taken by the Germans. She herself was caught at one point, but she never gave up, and after regaining her freedom, went right back to putting it to the Germans.
I was amazed at the courage and determination of this woman, and wonder why I had never heard of her before.
This book is read by the author who was a victim of the 9/11 attacks. It is an amazing story told by an amazing person. She worked at the WTC, and the morning of 9/11, she had just walked into the building when a fireball erupted from the elevator shaft and lit her on fire. She didn't know how to put the fire out. She made her way outside where there was a little patch of grass and started to roll. A man saw her and threw his jacket over her to smother the flames, then got help for her. She was burned over nearly 85% of her body and was not expected to live, so they more or less ignored her. Eventually she was taken to a burn unit and was put in a medically induced coma. She had a 10-month-old baby, and he is what kept her going once she regained consciousness and started the painful burn treatment protocol. Her husband stood by her, as well as her parents and many friends. She simply willed herself to live and recover, and she did it. I admire her so much. I wonder if I would be as valiant in a similar situation.