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Author: Abby Wambach Narrator: Abby Wambach Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 ISBN: 9780062561855
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"Lucid and wrenching...Forward puts [Wambach's] achievement in context with painful and beautiful candor." —NPR

"Forward is the powerful story of an athlete who has inspired girls all over the world to believe in themselves."  —Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, New York Times Bestselling author of Lean In 

“This is the best memoir I’ve read by an athlete since Andre Agassi’s Open.”  —Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take

Abby Wambach has always pushed the limits of what is possible.  Named by Time magazine as one of the most influential people of 2015, the iconic soccer player captured the nation’s heart when she led her team to its recent World Cup Championship.  Admired for her fearlessness and passion, Abby is a vocal advocate for women’s rights and equal opportunity, pushing to translate the success of her team to the real world. She has become a heavily requested speaker to a wide a range of audiences, from college students to executives at Fortune 500 companies.

In Forward, Abby recounts her own decisions, wins, losses, and the pivotal moments that helped her become the world class athlete and leader she is today. Wambach’s book goes beyond the soccer field to reveal a soulful person grappling universal questions about how we can live our best lives, and become our truest selves. Written with honesty and heart, Forward is an inspiring blueprint for individual growth and a rousing call to action.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The powerful story of an athlete who has inspired girls all over the world to believe in themselves.”

    Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and New York Times bestselling author

  • “This is the best memoir I’ve read by an athlete since Andre Agassi’s Open.”

    Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Inspirational…harrowing.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Lucid and wrenching…Forward puts [Wambach’s] achievement in context with painful and beautiful candor.”


  • “Candid, thoughtful…While the sports stories are included, this is not a book celebrating on-field triumphs: it’s a book about one woman’s journey to put her remarkable talents into context and accept herself.”


  • “Wambach chronicles her growth as a premier player in women’s soccer. In doing so, she places herself in the context of changes that came, in part, from federal legislation that opened up opportunities for women athletes and supported the growth of women’s professional sports. Wambach’s narration sounds measured, reflecting a narrow range of emotion…Overall her presentation highlights the personal nature of her memoir and the discipline that contributed to her success as an athlete.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller

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About the Author

Abby Wambach is an American soccer player, coach, two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion, and the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year. A six-time winner of the US Soccer Athlete of the Year award, Wambach was a regular on the US women’s national soccer team from 2003 to 2015, earning her first cap in 2001. She currently stands as the highest all-time scorer for the national team and holds the world record for international goals for both female and male soccer players with 184 goals.