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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Shoshana Johnson Narrator: Napiera Groves Publisher: Buck 50 Productions Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781455196968
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Shoshana Johnson, America’s first black female prisoner of war, shares the story of her capture and imprisonment in Iraq and her rescue.

On March 23, 2003, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Johnson was in a convoy that was ambushed in the city of An Nasiriyah. Wounded, she and five fellow soldiers were captured and taken as prisoners of war. They were rescued by US Marines on April 13 and she returned to the US decorated and honorably discharged.

Now, after years of coming to terms with her story, Johnson recounts with full candor exactly what happened to her and her fellow soldiers during the twenty-two days of their captivity, which none of them have told because of a military gag order. Her perspective of the ambush is revealing and her insight into life as a female POW inspirational.

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  • I’m Still Standing is one hell of a story by one hell of a woman. Soldier. Single mom. Survivor. Shoshana Johnson is a true American hero. Her memoir is a compelling, inspirational read.”

    Larry King

  • “Shoshana Johnson survived ambush, injury, captivity, and colleagues’ deaths in the early days of the Iraq conflict with grit, dignity, and reflective grace. In I’m Still Standing, she tells her story with the same moving and admirable qualities.”

    Sheila Weller, New York Times bestselling author of Girls Like Us

  • I’m Still Standing is Johnson’s brutally honest account of the horrors of battle, the deprivations of captivity, and, finally, the sheer jubilation of freedom. What makes Johnson’s inspiring tale required reading for Americans, in and out of uniform, is her great heart. Its triumphant beat is felt on every page of this important book.”

    Phoenix Sun

  • “Johnson endured her captivity with courage and emerged with honor. With the help of former army reservist Doyle, she vividly, simply, and unpretentiously tells her tale.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Johnson writes of the horror of…uncertainty, of the unending boredom of days with nothing to do but imagine the worst scenarios…She also includes the more mundane details of the prisoners’ grim existence…Events after Johnson’s return to the US were at times nearly as emotionally devastating as her ordeal in Iraq…Yet Shoshana Johnson proves with this book that she is, in fact, still standing.”


  • “A well-told memoir of captivity and recovery.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Shoshana Johnson’s story is unsettling, scary, powerful, and brilliant—a story of a life-threatening milestone that must be told to benefit others, both women and men.”

    Major General Irene Trowell-Harris, USAF, NC, (Ret.)

  • “Shoshana Johnson is an American ‘shero’ whose story of tragedy and survival is an inspiration to many who have served and are serving in the United States Armed Forces. I am honored to have met Shoshana, my fellow veteran, and afforded the opportunity to read her miraculous story.”

    Lucretia M. McClenney, COL, USA, (Ret.)

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About the Author

Shoshana Nyree Johnson was born in the Republic of Panama and moved to the United States with her family when she was a child. A second-generation Army veteran, she did not plan a career in the military but became a JROTC cadet in 1991 and joined the U.S. Army in September 1998 while attending classes at the University of Texas at El Paso. She lives in El Paso, Texas, with her daughter, sisters, and two nieces.

About the Narrator

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Napiera Groves attended the prestigious School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati. She then continued her education at Howard University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She also had the privilege to study at the distinguished British American Drama Academy at Oxford University in Oxford, England. Napiera's extensive training in theatre, music, and dance quickly paid off, earning her stripes with roles in television, film, and stage. Her beauty, dedication and intelligence propelled her to win the title of Miss District of Columbia USA and eventually, a trip to the Miss USA pageant, where to no one's surprise, she won the Miss Congeniality award. The Miss USA pageant served as a springboard, catapulting her career to many more stage roles and ultimately to the screen. She graced the stage as "Amanda" in Michael Greif's (director of RENT) pop-rock musical, BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY opposite Patrick Wilson, where she received rave reviews all over New York City. The New York Times called her, "a beauty with unmistakable raw talent..a beguiling presence." Napiera has had supporting roles in films such as SACRED with Nas and Isaiah Washington and was also featured in the Warner Brother's film, AIRBORNE with Jack Black and Seth Green and the critically acclaimed dark comedy, REDRUM with Jill Marie Jones. All of which led to her role as haughty heiress, Bonnie McKechnie on the Emmy-award winning, CBS daytime drama, AS THE WORLD TURNS. Lately she's been busy with guest appearances on EVE, THAT 70's SHOW, BOW (pilot), NEW CAR SMELL (pilot), WITHOUT A TRACE, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, ALL OF US, GIRLFRIENDS, 30 ROCK and much more. She works extensively in both LA and New York, where she recently completed a successful stint on Broadway as "Lady of the Lake" in the Tony Award winning show SPAMALOT.