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Back in the Game

The Majority Whip's Remarkable Fight for His Life
Narrated by: Steve Scalise
Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
5 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Back in the Game is the inspiring story of how a massive political assassination at baseball practice for Republican members of Congress was narrowly avoided, and how the Majority Whip fought his way back to the People's House. 

On the morning of June 14, 2017, at a practice field for the annual Congressional Baseball Game, a man opened fire on the Republican team, wounding five, including Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise nearly fatally. In heart-pounding fashion, Scalise's minute-by-minute account tells not just his own harrowing story of barely surviving this horrific attack but the stories of heroes who emerged in the seconds after the shooting began; in the minutes, hours, and days after he suffered a devastating gunshot wound, in order to save his life and the lives of his friends. Scalise delves into the backgrounds of each hero, seeking to understand how everyone wound up right where they needed to be, right when they needed to be there, and in possession of just the knowledge and experience they needed in order to save his life. 

Scalise takes us through each miracle and each person who experienced it. He brings us the story of Rep. Brad Wenstrup, an Army Reserve officer and surgeon whose experience serving in combat in Iraq prepared him to save Scalise's life that day; of the members of his security detail who acted with nearly cinematic courage; of the police, paramedics, helicopter pilots, and trauma team who came together to save his life. It tells, most importantly, of the citizens from all over America, who came together in ways big and small to help one grateful man, and whose prayers lifted Scalise up, during the worst of his hospitalization.

As we follow the gripping, heart-pounding, and ultimately, inspiring story, we begin to learn what Scalise was experiencing in real time; that Americans look out for each other; that there is far more uniting us than dividing us.

©2018 Steve Scalise (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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Very inspirational!

Started listening, couldn't stop, finished sameday. Extremely moving, amazingly positive outlook by Steve. Highly recommend!

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  • Dana
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  • 01-07-19

Wonderfully inspiring!

This book is a wonderful example of the indomitable American spirit. I especially love the way people from all walks of life and political points of view came together to aid in his recovery.
The book was well written and held my attention from the very beginning to the last word.

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Terrific storytelling and sharing of behind-the-scenes details

Like most people, I was stunned when a gunman began firing at members of Congress who were practicing for an upcoming game.
I knew Rep. Steve Scalise was critically injured but the details shared in the book show the incredible effort it took to save his life on the field and during his hospitalization.
His fight to live and then to walk again were aided heavily by his family and friends, plus prayers from around the country.
The writing was so good and intriguing that there were several times I sat in my driveway just to see how something was going to turn out.
And anyone who doesn’t at least tear up as Scalise is recounting his surprise return to Congress and the effort it took to get him there must be missing a part of their heart.

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Emotional & Inspiring

Stayed up all night to finish! Beautiful and heartwarming story. It will make you believe in miracles.

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Evan Review

Inspiring book of really an unknown congressman from Louisiana that became one of best known member of Congress nationwide because of an Assination attempt on him. This book I strongly recommend that he is a walking miracle by God though the work of first responders Doctors nurses police family friends and Steve faith that he survived and continues his work in Congress for people of Louisiana and America.

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  • DenGig
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  • 11-30-18

How challenges show the insignificance of politics

Well done book that could pnly be written and voiced by the one who went through it. If only politicians and citizens could remember their humanity more than their ideology

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Excellent!! Read by the author

This is a well written book made even more interesting by being read by the author. It’s an inspiring story of courage and miracles.

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Things we didn't know

There us so much about this incident that we didn't hear in news broadcasts. Steve Scalise has put many of them in this book. It is an extraordinary tale of fate, Faith, family and friends. The medical story line is awesome. One of the best books I've read in a long time. Thank you Steve, for sharing your journey. God Bless you and yours.

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Great book, must read

This book has every element of great literature, comedy, tragedy, great characters, epic events, gripping personal emotions and great writing. And it is all true.

Rep. Steve Scalise has gifted the listener with his personal struggles and triumphant return to the House and the Game. In doing so he pays tribute to all of the people who helped save his life by telling a portion of their story and how each of these parts came together to give his story a happy ending.

From the concerned citizen who walked to the fire station when 911 was jammed, to the Congressman who just happened to be a combat surgeon, his Secret Service detail who saved unknown lives that day, even the nurse who would not let him have a drink of water (for his own good of course) are introduced not only for their part in his story but given due for their own stories.

The trauma surgeon who was most instrumental in saving his life and his wife are rightly given top billing as the dynamic duo whom he could not have survived without.

The audiobook is read by the author which lends the reading a sense of gratitude and awe that reading it alone could not possibly convey.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is definitely a Must Read.

Thank you Rep. Scalise for telling your story and giving such a wonderful gift to the reader/listener.

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riveting and inspiring!

Terrific narration by Scalise brings his story to life. I found it interesting and compelling.