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
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. Download and start listening now!