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Back In Action: An American Soldier's Story Of Courage, Faith And Fortitude Hardcover – January 27, 2005

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They put a price on his head. They did everything they could to disrupt his mission. Finally, when an anti-tank mine tore off his right foot, the warriors of jihad in Iraq thought they had neutralized one of their most resourceful, determined foes.

They were wrong.

Refusing to let his injury stop him, Captain David Rozelle roared back into action, returning to Iraq as commander of an armored cavalry troop. He became the first amputee in recent military history to resume a dangerous command on the same battlefield.

In Back in Action: An American Soldier¹s Story of Courage, Faith, and Fortitude, Rozelle tells the whole gripping story: from the day he had to tell his pregnant wife that he was going to war (Valentine’s Day 2003) and deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom, to the fateful day four months later when a land mine tore off his right foot‹and beyond, through months of agonizing rehabilitation to his final triumphant recertification as "Fit for Duty."

Rozelle, who has been awarded the Bronze Star with Valor and the Purple Heart, speaks with brisk frankness about his post-amputation battles and the gritty determination that saw him through. He recounts his inspiring battle through rehabilitation, as he learned to walk with a prosthetic foot and did his utmost to prove he still had the stuff to be a soldier: completing five sprint-distance triathlons, an Olympic-distance triathlon, the New York City Marathon, and skiing, snowboarding, and mountain climbing through Disabled Sports USA.

It’s an astonishing story of courage, determination, heroism, and bedrock patriotism. "Every now and again," says Rozelle, "I would get the standard, ‘That is horrible. How do you feel about the war?’" The fearless captain would respond: "How do you feel about your freedom? If you aren’t willing to die for it, then you aren’t American."

David Rozelle was willing to die for freedom, and he is still willing to put his life on the line for it, despite the injury he has already suffered. Back in Action is a stirring reminder of the commitment every American should have to the cause of freedom, if we hope to continue to enjoy that freedom. It’s an extraordinary and inspiring story of devotion to duty overcoming all obstacles.

About the Author

Captain David Rozelle has served in the U.S. Army for over ten years since his commission from Davidson College ROTC. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star with Valor and the Purple Heart. He has been a guest on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, the Today Show, and Dayside with Linda Vester. He holds a degree in English literature. He lives in Fort Carson, Colorado, with his wife, Kim, and their son, Forrest.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing (January 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895260417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895260413
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,610,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a book you will want to read in a single evening. Maybe two, at most. The life story that David Rozelle shares with us is remarkable not in its uniqueness, but in showing us how the qualities of tenacity, work, discipline, courage, and pulling together can make an ordinary life extraordinarily capable of overcoming debilitating setbacks.

Captain Rozelle's story reminds us that while we mourn the dead in any war, we should be even more vigilant in supporting the living who have paid the price of disabling injury on our behalf. We learn how careless and thoughtless we ordinary folks can be in fumbling both our awkward statements of support and encouragement and in our uncomfortable avoidances. We owe it to these fine young people to learn how to handle ourselves better and to give more of ourselves in their support.

The author skillfully shares with us how his life led him to the army and how he ended up where he did. He helps us understand the physical and political difficulties in working in Kuwait and Iraq. At the same time he is able to give us a more complete picture of why the Iraqis are grateful to us and why a minority still resist the change the Americans represent. There have been several fine books written by generals and about the war from a high level viewpoint. Captain Rozelle takes us down to the troop level and lets us see what a magnificent job our brave soldiers are doing in such tough circumstances.

The suddenness of his injury is a reminder to us all how arbitrary life can be and the permanent effects an instant can have. Captain Rozelle does not pull any punches in telling us about the pain he suffered and the difficulties he went through in recovery.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The autobiographical account, "Back in Action : An American Soldier's Story of Courage, Faith and Fortitude" by Captain David Rozelle is an inspiring story of courage and commitment. An ROTC officer, Captain Rozelle became commander of an armored cavalry unit in Iraq, receiving his orders to ship out to the theater of operations on Valentine's Day, 2003. Telling his wife that he had been called to duty was a hard thing to do, but not so hard as her hearing the news that he had been injured. He had only been in Iraq for four months by the time of his injury, which was sufficient time for him to become a feared adversary formidable enough for the Iraqi resistance to target him specifically as a threat.

Rozelle's descriptive work is good writing, and puts the reader in the heart of the action throughout his time, particularly concentrating on his recovery. In an anti-tank mine explosion, Rozelle lost his right foot, while sustaining other lesser injuries. His recovery time was long and painful, but the real drive in the heart of Rozelle was not just to walk again, but to be able to serve in the Army again.

Rozelle writes about the various procedures and therapies, as well as the drive to keep up his spirits, both his personal resolve toward success as well as his patriotic spirit of wanting to be of service to his country. With help from agencies such as Disabled Sports USA (whose motto is, 'If I can do this, I can do anything') Rozelle rebounded from his injuries to compete in such events as triathalons and mountain climbing. He even skis with the prosthetic leg fashioned for him.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Michael Yao on February 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Bought the book this past weekend and read it in one day. An amazing story from a true American hero. Whether you support the war or not, this book will challenge you. So much has been given by so few; for the good of us all. Next time you see a soldier on the street, thank them AND their family.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Bartlett on March 5, 2005
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and I'm not sure I've done justice, or injustice, by it with 4 stars.

On one hand I see the book as written for the general public's reading level. It reads like a romance novel much of the time, especially the first half. I think this book may be better-liked by women. I don't mean that as a "put-down" in any way. I mean there is far more about his relationship with his wife than about Iraq.

In spite of its title, "Back in Action", it is NOT an action story, and certainly not a thriller. However, it is a look into the life of an army couple who give more for their country than their critics have ever even considered.

Does it inspire? That depends on who you are. If you are like the left wing radical R. J. Pooley Jr. "eyes open", whose ignorant criticism of the book reflects not only his political bias, but his callousness toward disabled heros, the answer is a resounding "NO". There will be many cowards and weakling critics among the left, like R. J. Pooley Jr. "eyes open", who will use their review as a platform to spew their political garbage.

If you truly love your country; if you have had prolonged absences from your spouse and children, due to either military or civilian service for your country, you will be far more understanding. The book is about soul-searching, not war. It is about relationships, not political intrigue; and it is about love, courage, devotion to duty, and a strength a critic like R. J. Pooley Jr. "eyes open" cannot understand. It is far beyond these type of people to understand someone stronger and more courageos than they are.
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