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An instant New York Times best seller!

Learn the incredible story of Illinois senator and Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth and see what inspired her to follow the path that made her who she is today.

In Every Day Is a Gift, Tammy Duckworth takes listeners through the amazing - and amazingly true - stories from her incomparable life. In November of 2004, an Iraqi RPG blew through the cockpit of Tammy Duckworth's US Army Black Hawk helicopter. The explosion, which destroyed her legs and mangled her right arm, was a turning point in her life. But as Duckworth shows in Every Day Is a Gift, that moment was just one in a lifetime of extraordinary turns.

The biracial daughter of an American father and a Thai-Chinese mother, Duckworth faced discrimination, poverty, and the horrors of war - all before the age of 16. As a child, she dodged bullets as her family fled war-torn Phnom Penh. As a teenager, she sold roses by the side of the road to save her family from hunger and homelessness in Hawaii. Through these experiences, she developed a fierce resilience that would prove invaluable in the years to come.

Duckworth joined the Army, becoming one of a handful of female helicopter pilots at the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She served eight months in Iraq before an insurgent's RPG shot down her helicopter, an attack that took her legs - and nearly took her life. She then spent 13 months recovering at Walter Reed, learning to walk again on prosthetic legs and planning her return to the cockpit. But Duckworth found a new mission after meeting her state's senators, Barack Obama and Dick Durbin. After winning two terms as a US Representative, she won election to the US Senate in 2016. And she and her husband Bryan fulfilled another dream when she gave birth to two daughters, becoming the first sitting senator to give birth.

From childhood to motherhood and beyond, Every Day Is a Gift is the remarkable story of one of America's most dedicated public servants.

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©2021 Tammy Duckworth (P)2021 Twelve

Critic Reviews

"Raw, unfiltered, powerful, a compelling story of courage and determination against overwhelming odds. Tammy Duckworth is a true warrior who overcame a difficult upbringing, a glass ceiling, and a horrific helicopter shootdown to become one of the most respected senators on Capitol Hill. Nothing can stop her." (Adm. William H. McRaven (US Navy, ret.), New York Times best-selling author of Make Your Bed)

"EVERY DAY IS A GIFT isn’t your usual political memoir, but it is a quintessentially American story. Tammy Duckworth’s life journey - from a difficult, peripatetic childhood in Southeast Asia though serving in the U.S. Army, House, and now the Senate - is a story of amazing grit and determination, colored throughout by a love of this country and what it stands for." (Mitt Romney) 

"'Soldier, Senator, Mother' - Tammy Duckworth is all these and more. She’s a woman who overcame childhood poverty, learned to fly, fought for our country - and then created a whole new life for herself when her old one was shattered by enemy fire. The word I would use for Tammy is 'inspiration,' which is what I felt upon reading this remarkable memoir." (Amy Klobuchar) 

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Outstanding, gripping and inspiring

Tammy Duckworth should run for President. Anyone who can overcome losing their legs and an arm to become a United States senator AND birth two babies is one hell of a strong individual.

Duck with is a truly extraordinary human being.

This book is a great read.

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inspiring Story

Tammy's story is an inspiring read. I laughed, cried and marveled at her life events. I highly recommend this book.

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What a Great Read!

This book tells the story of personal and professional struggles, grit and triumphs, through a journey that’s filled with challenges at almost every opportunity. This book is a must read for anyone that wants to be inspired. Highly recommend this book!

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A strong and admirable woman

What a story! I wish I had even a fraction of her grit and determination. I strongly recommend this book.

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Inspiring

As a combat arms officer currently serving in the Illinois National Guard, I throughly enjoyed this story. Having joined the ILNG a year prior to her last drill at JFHQ, I never got to chance to drive along side her, but I have had the fortunate luck to meet her several times in person. I’ve always been intrigued by the story that surrounds her, the bits and pieces I’ve heard from other who served during the time she served and whom I serve with now and what I’ve read online. As a first generation Mexican-American, the early parts of her childhood and struggle to fit in for being different really resonated with me. There were so many parts of her story that I related too. Senator Duckworth is an inspiring person who I have no doubt will continue to fight for change.

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An amazing story of grit and determination

Wow! I was in tears through out the book! What an incredible human being! So inspirational!

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Exceptional

I found this to be a moving memoir. Duckworth tells of surviving discrimination, poverty and war.

The book is well written and easy to read. Duckworth tells of her love of the Army and identity as a soldier and helicopter pilot. Her struggle with a loss of identity when she could no longer fly after losing both her legs and severely injuring her right arm when shot down in Iraq. The book primarily covers her life from birth in Thailand to her election as senator. I am impressed with her ability and determination to obtain her Ph.D. in spite of all the obstacles. She appears to be highly motivated to help veterans and her follow citizens. I hope she writes a book about her life as a senator. We need more people like her in government.

The book is eight hours and thirty-six minutes. Tammy Duckworth does a good job narrating her own book.

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A great story. Highly recommend!

Tammy, has an amazing story to tell and is one of the few authors who know how to read. She tells her story like you are sitting in the room with her.

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A Woman of Great Courage

A spellbinding story of triumphant Over a difficult childhood, a great military service and beating all the odds. Congratulations in showing us all the strength and how to move forward.

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A Wonder Woman

If you've clicked on this title, buy it. You will not regret it. I recommend this to everyone. Senator Duckworth is the epitome of perseverance. Again, buy this.

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Inspirational hero

This is a truly amazing and inspirational true story. Senator Duckworth's grit and determination in every challenge she has faced in life is just remarkable. This book gave me a real insight, myself not being associated with the military, into the sacrifices military women and men and their families make for us. It also gives an inside view as to how our veterans are treated and what happens to our soldiers when they return from war. I don't know how Senator Duckworth found the time to write this memoir but I am glad she did. I wish all our elected representatives could share her bravery and dedication to the mission as she does.