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No Turning Back: One Man's Inspiring True Story of Courage, Determination, and Hope Hardcover – November 1, 2011

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The Brave Ones: A Memoir of Hope, Pride and Military Service by Michael J. MacLeod
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"When I met Bryan Anderson, I knew I was meeting someone exceptional. He put me immediately at ease. Here he was, this triple amputee, with every reason to be pissed off at the world, meeting someone who never wore the uniform. He pulled himself up on the chair, smiled with that shit-eating grin of his, and told me his astounding story.
Bryan is among that rare breed of hero, that takes in all the worst the world can heap on you, and lets it make him stronger, and makes the rest of us want to be better....he will make you think, and he will make you laugh, and you will be better for having read [his book]." — James Gandolfini

About the Author

Bryan Anderson served two tours of duty in Iraq and was awarded a Purple Heart. A natural athlete, he snowboards, wakeboards, whitewater-rafts, and rockclimbs, among other sports. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.
David Mack is the national bestselling author of nearly twenty novels. In addition to novels, Mack's writing credits including television, film, short fiction, magazines, newspapers, comic books, computer games, radio, and the Internet. He lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1st edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425243559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425243558
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Wow! This book should be a must read for schools across the country. Riveting, I couldn't put it down. Bryan Anderson personifies what it is to be a true American. Honor, courage, love of country. His unwavering faith and optimism that helped him to overcome challenges that most of us can never fathom is truly an inspiration. I am humbled by his strength and his selfless integrity. Thank you for your service and thank you for reminding people what it is to be an American. Read this book now and buy copies to give everyone you know at Thanksgiving and Christmas!
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I met Bryan very briefly a few years ago at my daughter's wedding to one of Bryan's close friends. I didn't get an opportunity to meet with him but I had heard the story behind his injuries and determined recovery. Watching him dance, smile, laugh and enjoy himself all through the night was enormously heartwarming. Too many people allow life's little bumps to ruin their day, month, year, life; but here was Bryan exhuberantly lifting everybody's spirits in the reception hall. Last night when I found out that he wrote this book I immediately ordered a preview Kindle edition. I poured through the pages and now ordered a hard copy. God bless you Bryan. You are an inspiration. Lester A.
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I am reading 'No Turning Back' right now as part of a College course. I just plowed through 103 pages in one sitting. It is a smooth and easy read. I want to immediately note it is not preachy about military work. (We all have our political views and that is not the point of my review...) In fact it seems that he writes almost contradictory feelings about the military, he looks back with fond memories. Pride, and certain education in some chapters but also calls out "Captain America" on the first three pages. The lesson of this book is to live. I personally view it as a self help book. Its not really a NOVEL or Autobiography. Though it has those tones. He also clearly uses ethos, pathos, and, logos in the book which makes it a captivating read. However I will say the constant repeat of I was a Gymnast makes his personal struggles have a disconnect - I personally was a Gymnast myself that disconnect isn't there for me. It is very obvious that some people could lose the momentum that the first few chapters builds up. However besides that, it holds its own. For him that memory of competing kept him going. That was the message he wanted us to get out of that reference. I just thought he used it a bit much, almost as a filler. It was authentic I am glad he didn't change it to something relatable to the masses as a way to make more sales.

Over all this is by far one of the most entertaining books I have read this year. Very excited to pick his brain on the book, when he comes to speak at my school.
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I love Bryan's outlook. I was looking for more info on the recovery process and physical issues for an amputee, but this was still great insight into the mental aspects. Plus, lots of great advice for making the most of your life. Interesting and easy to read.
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By Robi on November 6, 2011
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Full disclosure, I have been friends with Bryan for 7 years now. This is exactly who he is and I am proud to call him a friend. This book can tech you so many things. Life a battle, the outcome is up to you not whats around you. This book and relate to any situation. young old rich poor.
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Bryan doesn't want to be called a hero. I understand that. But after reading his story, how can I NOT call him a hero? He signed up for military service knowing the risks, but after his body was blasted and almost totally destroyed, his hero status came much later, not at the time of the incident. Bryan became a hero when he deceided to push through all the pain and humiliation and become the man he was created to be. His story is inspiring beyond belief. A must read.
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Excellent story about how one man overcame a serious obstacle in his life: a triple amputation from an IED in Iraq.

I'd recommend this book especially for anyone who has had life deal them bad circumstances or challenges. The author has an incredible attitude about life, overcoming problems and driving forward. He is an amazing man.

There is some coarse language - after all, he was a soldier.
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I heard Bryan's interview about his life and book on 92.5 FM, WBEE Rochester NY country radio station. I could so relate to him on the interview as I am a legally Blind woman entrepreneur facing and overcoming life's challenges is a part of my life as well, so I was excited to get it and read more about Bryan's life journey. I was so excited about his book after his interview that I went and bought his book not for just me to read but for 2 other people in my life. This book should be a part of high school reading materials. Real life lessons and facing situations with courage and determination. Place this book in your hands and enjoy it, learn from it and when someone you know needs to pick their head up and look LIFE in the eyes. Purchase this book for them and give it to them as a gift. This is not just a gift they will use once but a gift of lifetime hope,strength and encouragement no MATTER what is thrown their way in LIFE! I personally look at LIFE and say "BRING IT ON!" I can ALWAYS find a POSITIVE in EVERY situation. Give it a try today!
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