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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Rick Bragg lends his remarkable narrative skills to the story of the most famous POW this country has known. In I Am a Soldier, Too, Bragg lets 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 upbrPulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Rick Bragg lends his remarkable narrative skills to the story of the most famous POW this country has known. In I Am a Soldier, Too, Bragg lets 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....

Title : I am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story
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ISBN : 9781400077472
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Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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I am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story Reviews

  • Sheila
    2019-05-22 22:40

    The true story of the woman who was injured in Iraq and rescued from a hospital there.

  • Tammy
    2019-04-26 23:51

    A painful read, and I'm not talking about the wounds and torture.A poorly written love story between the author and the title person.I've read books and biographies where the author was clearly infatuated with the person portrayed, but this perpetual adoration of Lynch was far out of hand. Noted several points that were lied about or twisted to make her look better. Anyone else on the convoy, including other female soldiers, were either bare footnotes or described in a way as to prop up the main focus on Lynch.While writing of Lynch... sorry "Jessie", the author almost exclusively uses the nickname- the author portrays her more as a popular, pretty blond girl with the spunk to ignore her many suitors and travel the world. Less attention is paid to her being a soldier -as the title states- than as her being little girl hurt and lost, then rescued by many strong princes. I don't see how Lynch herself could appreciate being written that way.

  • Kristin
    2019-05-07 18:06

    I don't often read war stories. They don't really capture my attention often, but this one was different. I suppose since war, army, etc. interests me outside of novels, kind of helped when I gave a novel about those things a shot. I loved that Jessica is from my home state. I also loved that it was a war novel about a woman; and it was all based on a true story.Other than that, I found that it was kind of slow at times, but I have successfully read this story twice. When reading you just have to know it gets better. You have to kind of push through the slow parts.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-26 22:01

    So this book has special appeal to me. I am from a small town in West Virginia AND I was a solder in the 1980s when the idea of women in uniform was a huge deal. I'm not sure why I took so long to read it but finally got around to it. It's not a literary page turner, just the story of a small town girl, her terrifying ordeal as a prisoner of war and how her family and her community rallied around her when she came home. It made me especially proud to be a female vet and a native of small town America.

  • Robert
    2019-04-26 01:43

    I started to read this book at 2 PM. I finish it at 7 PM.. Could not put it down accept for bathroom breaks. A Remarkable Story of courage and bravery and pain that Jessica Lynch went through. The Family and friends of where she lives. They never gave up hope. I cried when they rescued her from that hospital. I would recommend this book

  • Cindy
    2019-04-28 21:00

    I'd have never read this sensationalized story about a POW from West Virginia who becomes a propaganda pawn in the Iraqi War, but Rick Bragg is a GREAT storyteller and his down-to-earth style makes for a simple, moving, honest portrayal of this young woman's ordeal Very well done.

  • David Ward
    2019-05-10 00:46

    I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story by Rick Bragg (Alfred A. Knopf 2003)(Biography) is the story of a petite blond female captured as a POW in Iraq who was injured while riding in an armored vehicle, taken prisoner, and then sexually assaulted. The army bent over backwards to locate a female troop to designate as the politically correct hero of the day. In Jessica Lynch the army found a hero whose best friend was a Hopi Indian single mother and whose love interest was Hispanic. This is her story. My rating: 5.5/10, finished 12/29/10.

  • Dara S.
    2019-04-25 01:08

    This was very well written. I would have given it 5 stars, but since the book was written there have been some controversy about some of the untruths in the story of her capture that were manufactured by the author.

  • Laura
    2019-05-23 00:40

    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.

  • Jerrica
    2019-05-15 19:06

    The story itself is serious, but somehow the writing is fluffy and boring.

  • Heather
    2019-05-14 20:07

    This is the story of Jessica Lynch, as told to Rick Bragg. Jessica is a small town West Virginia girl who decided to join the Army just out of high school. Her decision was easy; she wanted to see the world, get a college education, come back home and be a kindergarten teacher. Jessica's story captured the minds and hearts of the world, but the story told was not entirely factual and until this point was not told by Jessi herself. Through media, here say and Governmental sensationalism her story took on a life of its own. Jessi never spoke of her ordeal in Iraq at the hands of Iraqi soldiers, torturers and doctors. Before she could speak about what truly happened rumors swirled, an unauthorized TV movie was written, produced and aired and in the end it was Jessi who was blamed for the falsehoods. She wasn't given the chance until now.I enjoyed this biography and was glad it was written. We all need to realize how quickly stories get blown out of proportion and that we should hear the truth from the ones it happened to. I do not believe that anyone can say that Jessica is not a hero. Wikipedia defines a hero as "characters who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, display courage and the will for self sacrifice – that is, heroism – for some greater good of all humanity, originally of martial courage or excellence but extended to more general moral excellence". Jessica, and so many others like her, stood up for her country, put her life on the line for the rest of us to be free and that is the definition of hero.

  • Barbra
    2019-04-22 19:01

    I had heard about Jessica Lynch some time ago and when I came across the book decided I would give it a try. It's the story of this girl's courage and fortitude when she was made a POW in Iraq.Back Cover Blurb:On March 23, 2003, Private First Class Jessica Lynch was crossing the Iraqi desert with the 507th Maintenance Company when the convoy she was travelling in was ambushed, caught in enemy cross fire. All four soldiers travelling with her died in the attack. Lynch, one of the most famous POW's America has ever known, was taken prisoner and held captive in an Iraqi hospital for nine days. Her rescue galvanized America; 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 America 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.

  • Derek Baker
    2019-05-19 00:44

    I expected more from the book.Jessica's story would have been interesting in itself, but much of what that could have been seemed to be missing — more of her own thoughts, more about her experiences in the army, more about her comrades who did fight to their deaths, and more about her best friend and protector. But much of that was glossed over.There seemed to be no end of pages about her small town coming out to support her family while she was missing — prayers and candlelight vigils and all that stuff. That's all fine, but it seemed to drone on and on.I also hoped for some journalistic delving into the controversy that surrounded her story, as I could not remember how that resolved back in 2003-4. How did she end up being used as a PR pawn? Who really invented that and why? Was it a spin needed by Bush or a diversion by the army to take the heat off of a mistake on the battle field? The book gives a pretty cursory pass over those questions.This is a book I could speed read — not too much there to study out.

  • Susan Grodsky
    2019-05-03 21:01

    Rick Bragg can be wonderful but this book is a potboiler written for quick cash. Bragg evokes the predictable theme of "down home country girl comes home from war to the hearty embrace of her simple salt of the earth family and friends." It's an appealing cliche but Bragg is more interesting and more believable when he probes the darker aspects of rural America. By adhering so closely to his made to sell theme, Bragg ignores the more interesting questions. Why did the convey's mission go so fatally wrong? Why did the Iraqi doctors treat Jessica? What does the beatification of Jessica tell us about the Pentagon's spin machine?The book is a quick read and gave me the basics of Jessi's story. Worth knowing. But Bragg seems to think that truck drivers from West Virginia are somehow better Americans than software engineers in California. Not true. And this sort of upside down snobbery is the worst.

  • Patti
    2019-05-01 20:09

    Really enjoyed the book. It makes me sick to find out that she was beaten up so bad that the doctors thought she had been shot, and that she was sexually anally abused. This abuse went on for three hours which fortunately Jessica has no recollection. It was heartwarming the compassion she received from doctors and nurses once she was transferred from Iraq military hospital to a civilian hospital. She was acutally on the operating table about to get her leg amputated for propaganda purposes. She literally thru a fit and took the mask off her face and begged the doctor not to do it. The doctor in charge took compassion and the operation was not completed. She had a nurse caretaker who sang to her. It was Iraq hospital workers who got the news out to our Marines that she was in the hospital, and helped with her escape.

  • Brianna L.
    2019-04-22 18:53

    I Am a Soilder, Too.AutobiographyRick BraggJessica Lynch, a 19-year old girl who joins the 507th (army) is captured by Iraq after her humvee crashes. Her and her best friend, Lori Piestewa, get taken to a Iraq hospital. They get cared for but Lori dies of a bad head injurie and Jessi only had use of one arm. eventually Jessi is rescued and taken back to her home. She is in rehibilitation and is slowly learning how to walk again.This story makes me feel deeper for the army. Listening to the sad and painful thing Jessi has to go through. I hope I never have to go to war. I probably wouldn't survive. But Jessi was strong enough to. She lost her legs, her arm and her best friend though. I hope me nor any of my friends ever, ever have to go through that.

  • dora
    2019-05-08 20:07

    full of patriotic mish mash but then also has a drescription of the wounds she recieved that her mind doesnt remember the torture she was put through. pretty sad that humans can do things like this to other humans and be proud of it! ahhh religious wars...the worst part of this story is that the whole country (if not world) focused on the one person who survived and almost totally ignored those other people who died in this attack. her best friend was in the vehicle with her and after all was done and ssid, jessica lynch tries to remind everyone that the other people there (especially her friend lori) were lost way too soon.

  • Rayni
    2019-05-19 23:54

    I added a "war" bookshelf just for this book. I wish Goodreads would give us a choice of half stars & I would have given it 4.5 stars. This was a real eye-opener & Bragg did a great job of reporting it.It's amazing how the media can twist the truth. Bragg did a wonderful job of correcting those errors & in his reporting made it a "good" read. In a M*A*S*H episode Major Frank Burns said, "We all know it's brutal up there at the front, especially those of us at the rear." The 507th Maintenance Company were definitely in the rear. The Army, in it's infinite wisdom, sent out supply clerks to their death, with a CD & sketchy instructions. Somehow that doesn't surprise me.

  • Margaret M.
    2019-05-12 02:00

    I love Rick Bragg. I knew that he would write this accounting of the ordeal suffered by this young woman, and that all the mis-information and falsehoods surrounding this tale of horror would be set right. We constantly hear to not trust everything the media throws at us, and much of it is spun to make us react emotionally. I had heard all the news stories associated with this story, and also heard from enlisted military persons that what was reported, and what was true did not jive. But this brave young woman stood up for herself when she finally could, and told the truth as she knew it and remembered it.

  • Jaclynn
    2019-05-01 22:42

    I had heard about Jessica and her story briefly in the news some years ago, but was glad I finally got to read the whole thing. It is really amazing all that she went through and what got her through it was her determination to live. Unfortunately, the book is not really clear on what Jessica’s faith is comprised of, but I have no doubt after reading this that God had/has a special plan for her life. There is some language in the book.

  • Vaughn
    2019-04-24 23:47

    This book gave me incite to today's military and not my father's military. Touches the heart, as I'm also a girl who grew up in a rural community and value the same things she did/does. Her experience is humbling to us who take for granted many things. I only gave 3 stars, bc I didn't really care for the way the book was written by the author--choppy, short, and hard for me to find a flow. But Jessica picked him to write her book, so who am I to criticize??

  • Courtney
    2019-04-28 20:53

    Rick Bragg does a nice job of telling Jessica's story. At times, you can feel yourself with her in the hospital or at home. The people of her small town in West Virginia seem like such a nice crowd of people in how they helped her return home. She is a brave young woman to have gone through what she did.

  • Leslie
    2019-05-16 20:42

    I listened to this book on audio, and it was really good. Rick Bragg does the narration, and his voice perfectly captures the story with his Southern accent. He paints a portrait of the town Jessica grew up in and her childhood, then details her capture and rescue. Rick Bragg takes you there and makes you feel as if you are in the moment.

  • Jacki
    2019-04-25 21:43

    I could not stop turning the pages of this book that depicts America's ill equiped invasion into Iraq. Jessica Lynch tells a moving story about her capture and subsequent rescue from American troops. She adds in a subtle way the account of the Bush invasion as fighting his daddy's war. Made me cry, could have been one of my daughters.

  • Nancynova
    2019-04-28 20:48

    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.

  • Emily
    2019-05-01 20:40

    AMAZING!!!! I finished this book in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. This book gives us a little bit of insight about is what is going on overseas, while we sit at the table, in our heated houses and sip our hot coffee. Jessica's story is truly one of bravery, pain, heartache, and celebration. MUST READ!!!!

  • Terri
    2019-04-27 20:40

    a good reminder of what our military faces and how grateful i am for them.while i am in my warm home, brave soldiers, like jessica lynch are putting their lives on the line. all the reports i had heard and read about this incident were quite different from the actual happenings. i enjoyed the authors reading on the cd too, he has a great southern voice, perfect for this story.

  • Ronald Ward
    2019-05-11 18:06

    More in depth details of Jessica Lynch.Coming from a patriotic, military family, I have followed the story of Jessica Lynch from day one. This book gives a behind the scenes look at the rest of the story. Views not only from Jessica, but family members too. Very good read and insightful.

  • Dorinda Abner
    2019-05-13 19:48

    I was very interested in what happened to Jessica, but most of the book was about her civilian life. I was glad to read that part too but it was not her writing but rather a telling of her story. It was good, but not enough details to any of her service. I am glad I read it, and am proud of her, and all our soldiers.

  • Emily
    2019-05-17 01:52

    I really thought this book would be more inspirational than it was. There was extensive background information and a little bit of Jessica's story. Growing up in the country and close to West Virginia, I was very much able to relate to the rural life style described in the book. I did finish it, but I wouldn't recommend it.