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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (62 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kimberly Dozier Narrator: Kimberly Dozier Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9781400176458
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CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier battled back from critical injuries sustained in a Baghdad bombing, a prominent incident that claimed the lives of her two crew members, an Army officer, and his interpreter. In Breathing the Fire, Dozier offers a personal memoir of tenacity as well as dedication and drama. Through her often painful and inspiring account, readers learn what wounded military personnel—along with their families and friends—endure on the long road to recovery. Dozier also recounts her rise to network broadcasting, shares insights into the culture of war-zone reporting, and describes the unique demands on—and perils of—women covering dangerous events.

Dozier is a fighter. She fought to reach her position as a television reporter for CBS News, placing herself on the streets of Baghdad with a military patrol. And she fought to survive after a parked car erupted with deadly shrapnel, shattering her legs, riddling her skull, and killing several in her group. Her book traces the roots of her inner strength, which continues to propel her against daunting obstacles that most people would perceive as insurmountable. In that respect, this book is an inspiring story for women, demonstrating that their dreams and aspirations are limited only by their own resolve—a story that is perfect for its time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Breathing the Fire is a harrowing tale of courage, survival, determination, fellowship and the high price of covering a war. Kim Dozier is a master storyteller and one tough journalist. Her family is lucky to have her back—and America is lucky to have her on the front lines of reporting.”

    Tom Brokaw

  • “The bomb blast that Kimberly Dozier survived in 2006 took her out of Iraq but she never stopped being a war correspondent. Here is a rare, personal view—with all the attention to detail a great reporter brings to bear—into an experience shared by thousands of wounded Iraq veterans.”

    Dan Rather

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 10/5/2013

    " A heartbreaking and intimate view of the war in Iraq, and its effect on Kimberly. The story of a truely brave and heroic woman - I laughed and cried and stayed up until 3 am to finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 12/30/2012

    " A tough, revealing book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Harper | 12/14/2012

    " This book gives you areal insight to what really goes on in war and what our men & women really go though after they get hurt though war time, it made me pray harder for our Troops and thier families, even though she was a reporter it does open ones eyes, I could not lay this book daown very long "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 11/19/2012

    " Very interesting account of her experiences and recovery from an IED blast. I got a better understanding of the situation in Iraq and imaging what it must be like to be there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 6/12/2012

    " This was a great read. Kimberly went through so much and fought back from her injuries, both physically and mentally, to come out the other side whole. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Florence | 5/25/2012

    " A painfully detailed step by step narrative of Ms. Dozier's recovery after being hit by a car bomb in Iraq. The life of a foreign correspondent as described seems to be filled with danger, hardship, and frustration. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 8/22/2011

    " This was a great book. Kim really knows how to right. The part about the nurses going out for slushies for the patients, nearly broke my heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grandma | 8/16/2011

    " Kimberly Dozier, the CBS foreign correspondant who was severly injured in a road side bombing in May 2006 and of her struggle to survive the trauma of the event, both physical and mental. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Ansell | 6/1/2011

    " Excellent book on the challenges she faced when coming back from the car bombing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis | 4/11/2010

    " I found this book to be a really good insight into the 'why' of journalism. Well-written, and very honest. If you have ever questioned why we need to have journalists in the field, this will be a good book for you to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise | 2/11/2010

    " Would recommend this book for the 10th honors reading list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 11/1/2009

    " Amazing! I met this woman and you would never know from looking at her that she had been nearly blown to kingdom come! Truely remarkable story of survival. I admit I couldn't finish it though, I was reading it while my husband was in Afganistan and it caused me too much anxiety. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 10/6/2009

    " I had trouble putting this book down. Kimberly tells her story of recovery following an IED attack, but also so much more. Her investigation into a time period of recovery that she doesn't remember brings in so many other people and their stories of work and care that helped keep her alive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margot | 1/15/2009

    " Listened to the audio book read by the author. An amazing story by a tenacious and dedicated journalist. "

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About the Author

Kimberly Dozier is a CBS News correspondent who has covered Iraq and the Middle East extensively for the CBS Evening News, The Early Show, and CBS Radio News. Dozier has written for the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College in 1987 and from the University of Virginia in 1993 with a master’s degree in foreign affairs.