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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (335 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rick Bragg Narrator: Rick Bragg Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2003 ISBN: 9780739311608
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On March 23, 2003, Private First Class Jessica Lynch was crossing the Iraqi desert with the 507th Maintenance Company when the convoy she was traveling in was ambushed, caught in enemy crossfire. All four soldiers traveling with her died in the attack. Lynch, perhaps the most famous P.O.W. this country has ever known, was taken prisoner and held captive in an Iraqi hospital for nine days. Her rescue galvanized the nation; she became a symbol of victory, of innocence and courage, of heroism; and then, just as quickly, of deceit and manipulation. What never changed, as the nation veered wildly between these extremes of mythmaking, was her story, the events and the experiences of a nineteen-year-old girl caught up in what was and will remain the battle of her life: what she saw, what she felt, what she experienced, what she survived.

In I Am a Soldier, Too, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Rick Bragg let’s Jessica Lynch tell the story of her capture in the Iraq War in her own words—not the sensationalized ones of the media’s initial reports. Here we see how a humble rural upbringing leads to a stint in the military, one of the most exciting job options for a young person in Palestine, West Virginia. We see the real story behind the ambush in the Iraqi Desert that led to Lynch’s capture. And we gain new perspective on her rescue from an Iraqi hospital where she had been receiving care. Here Lynch’s true heroism and above all, modesty, is allowed to emerge, as we’re shown how she managed her physical recovery from her debilitating wounds and contended with the misinformation—both deliberate and unintended—surrounding her highly publicized rescue. In the end, what we see is a uniquely American story of courage and true heroism.

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Quotes & Awards

  • There is probably more truth--sweet, human, undeniable truth--in Rick Bragg’s fine book, I Am A Soldier, Too than we have seen in anything about her experience so far--including the nightly news. For here, captured in Bragg’s distinctive prose, his appreciation of working people and their hardships, Jessica Lynch’s story comes into its full surround as a quintessentially American journey. The New Orleans Times-Picayune

    I Am a Soldier, Too does Jessica Lynch’s story justice without contributing to the distortion that has plagued it.
  • A compelling story. Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • “Lyrical. . . . Bragg is a storyteller. . . . He knows how to use palpable detail to put us inside the emotions of his characters. Orlando Sentinel
  • Bragg . . . gives a cinematic account of the desperate firefight that mortally wounded Lynch’s Army buddy, Lori Piestewa, and 10 others. . . . Lynch’s painful recovery . . . is vividly described. The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Lynch is a true hero in the best tradition of a nation that intuitively prefers modest honesty to grandstanding bravado. Los Angeles Times
  • There is a modesty about Lynch in the book . . . that is at odds with the months-long media ruckus over her ordeal. The Wall Street Journal
  • A gripping account of the fight that engulfed Lynch and 32 fellow members of the 507th Maintenance Company. . . . This book is a survival narrative, a story of fighting against fear and pain and isolation and trying desperately to sustain hope. Houston Chronicle
  • Bragg skillfully gives the story depth and immediacy. Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
  • Bragg tells the story as Jessica lived it . . . [and] in the telling, her story illuminates the stories of countless others. San Antonio Express-News
  • Finely wrought. . . . A vivid portrait of a young woman who fled the familiar and fell into a situation beyond her control. New York Daily News
  • Deftly, respectfully, movingly, Bragg has written Lynch’s story with extraordinary powerÉ. Brave, convincing and wonderfully sweet. The Baltimore Sun
  • “Bragg brilliantly paints a portrait. . . . Lynch’s voice is heard, and through her eyes, we learn the importance of what it means to be an American. The Oklahoman
  • Riveting. . . . The straight story on Lynch’s remarkable ordeal. Entertainment Weekly
  • Rick Bragg . . . deftly separates fact from conjecture. . . . A convincing record . . . a minor miracle. Winston Salem Journal
  • Bragg is a gifted wordsmith. He crafts wonderful sentences. . . . He writes lovingly and beautifully about the hills of West Virginia where Lynch was born and raised. San Francisco Chronicle
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancynova | 1/25/2014

    " Sparsely told, with just what is believed to be the facts that can be verified and no filler - which is good. It is still uncertain what injuries occurred when the Humvee crashed and what occurred during the first 3 hours that she was unconcious. Keep a Kleenex handy, during the later half. I don't know how anyone could have gone through what this young girl did, and survive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eva Leger | 1/23/2014

    " This was a surprisingly good book. As much as I like memoirs and non fiction I didn't think I'd be very much into this but I was. I read it years ago so I can't really remember specifics but I do remember being pleasantly surprised. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zsanelle | 1/20/2014

    " Inspirational and insightful, this book is a true treasure! Gives insight into P.O.W and M.I.A heroes everywhere. I really sympathized with Lynch and could not put it down. Many beautiful quotes as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Florence | 1/19/2014

    " Nothing special. Ms. Lynch was doing her job, and was taken hostiage. Over all she was not miss treated and they were trying to treat her injuries when the USA found her. Over all the book was poorly done. I wish she would have writen her own book, then I would have been a little less harsh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/27/2013

    " What a powerful book. A first-hand insight into a war that had already caused so much devestation. The trauma and experiences she went through were devasting and heart-wrenching. I got this book soon after it came out and read it in one day, because I was so drawn to her story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie York | 12/26/2013

    " This book was very inspirational. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie F. | 12/23/2013

    " This is a very touching story. It's true, and quite amazing of this girl! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shirley | 10/17/2013

    " After having heard the untrue hero version put out by the government concerning Jessica's statis as a POW in the Iraq War, it was interesting to find out what really happened and to have real sympathy for her ordeal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 6/7/2013

    " This was an excellent book. Any young woman thinking of joining the service should read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy B | 3/1/2013

    " Excellent, excellent, excellent. Makes your heart go out to our service people even more. Makes me proud to be an American and very proud of Jessica Lynch. I read this....didn't 'listen' to it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dina | 2/20/2013

    " I'm still not sure how I feel about her. Maybe it's because deep down I'm afraid something like that could happen to me. I think the book could have been better written...it seemed to jump around a bit too much. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 GK Jaeger | 1/15/2013

    " This book disappointed me. I believe Rick is best at telling his own story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine Sandy | 1/13/2013

    " Good book. Jessica Lynch story. tells what really happened. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 11/27/2012

    " She is a brave woman. A hero? robably no, but a survivor and an admirable, honest person. She has a child now and is working for her college degree. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 8/15/2012

    " Good writing. The most interesting part of this story, in my opinion, was how Jessica's home town rallied around to support her family and pray for her. There were other parts of the book that dragged. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norkett | 6/21/2012

    " An inspirational story and it had me interested in how she's doing today. It definitely kept my interest as I read the book in a day. It also provided insight into the controversial portions of her journeys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lennie | 1/21/2011

    " It was interesting to read Jessica's personal account of her experience as a POW because it was so different from what was reported in the newspaper. I felt this was a good book to read because I learned about the horrors of war and it makes me appreciate the men and women who serve in the military. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 12/25/2010

    " Jessica may never have fired a shot but she is definitely a hero. The author was maybe a little 'dramatic' in his description of her hometown and the people there but he really made me feel like I knew Jessica and her humble heart. Great story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gemma | 9/27/2010

    " Not very well-written, but hey, I learned something. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/19/2010

    " This book was not what I expected in that it focused mainly on Jessica, her background, and her family while still giving enough insight into her capture to paint a clear picture of the horror through which she must have lived. I read this book in one sitting and found it to be particularly moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 8/4/2010

    " I knew what she felt going into the military for a career. She grew up poor in material things but rich in a happy loving, supportive family. Her daddy was very proud of her decision as was mine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 5/30/2010

    " I knew what she felt going into the military for a career. She grew up poor in material things but rich in a happy loving, supportive family. Her daddy was very proud of her decision as was mine. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Florence | 4/8/2009

    " Nothing special. Ms. Lynch was doing her job, and was taken hostiage. Over all she was not miss treated and they were trying to treat her injuries when the USA found her. Over all the book was poorly done. I wish she would have writen her own book, then I would have been a little less harsh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angel | 3/1/2009

    " I thought this was a good book. I read it in a day becuase it was hard to put down once you start and get into it. It shows what a strong and brave young woman Jessica Lynch is "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/22/2009

    " Good writing. The most interesting part of this story, in my opinion, was how Jessica's home town rallied around to support her family and pray for her. There were other parts of the book that dragged. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Biosyd | 1/13/2009

    " Not as good as the biography of the irac man that saved her. I can't remember his name. This shoud not have happened. I'm glad to hear that she has since recovered, married and had a child. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina | 1/6/2009

    " my high school played her high school in sports!

    the writing is overwrought, but I came away with a great deal of admiration for her in speaking out as she did. go, homegirl! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shirley | 9/23/2008

    " After having heard the untrue hero version put out by the government concerning Jessica's statis as a POW in the Iraq War, it was interesting to find out what really happened and to have real sympathy for her ordeal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ?Eva? | 8/26/2008

    " This was a surprisingly good book. As much as I like memoirs and non fiction I didn't think I'd be very much into this but I was. I read it years ago so I can't really remember specifics but I do remember being pleasantly surprised. "

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Author Rick Bragg

Rick Bragg is the author of a trilogy of bestselling books on the people of the American South. He is a professor of writing at the University of Alabama.