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The Road Back Paperback – April 23, 2012
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"The Road Back is an incredible story of survival and recovery against all odds. Matt Miller's focus and determination are unbelievable and inspiring -- I'll never again have an excuse not to get out and train." --Erin Donohue, U.S. Olympic 1500-meter runner
"I read it in one day. LOVED it! Matt Miller's story is one of inspiration and perseverance. Mr. Vitez's writing is captivating as he describes the unwavering fortitude that brought Matt from near death to medical school and Ironman success. His character and love of life remind me so much of my brother. Amazing book about an amazing man." -- Maddy Crippen, former U.S. Olympic swimmer and sister of the late Fran Crippen, who plays a key role in Matt's story
"This is an absorbing, well-written, and inspiring book about a special young man who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. The medical accounts were accurate and compelling, and I think anyone with an interest in recovery from neurological injury would enjoy this book." -- Dong H. Kim, chief of neurosurgery at the University of Texas Medical School who cared for Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.
"This engaging account of Matt Miller's unwavering positive attitude and determination in the face of a near death injury is inspiring. As a former collegiate athlete, enthusiastic marathon runner and the current owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, I can truly appreciate the effort it took for Matt to recover and finish the Ironman in such an impressive time. Philadelphia should be proud to call Matt and his fiancée Emily its own." -- Josh Harris, owner Philadelphia 76ers, co-founder Apollo Global Management, and aspiring triathlete.
About the Author
Michael T. Vitez has been a staff writer at The Philadelphia Inquirer for 27 years. He won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism for a series of stories about five people approaching the end of life. Vitez has taught classes in narrative non-fiction at the University of Pennsylvania and was a visiting Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton. He is also a former Michigan Journalism Fellow. He is the author of Rocky Stories: Tales of Love, Hope and Happiness at America’s Most Famous Steps. (2006) He graduated from the University of Virginia, where he was editor-in-chief of The Cavalier Daily. He is married to Maureen Fitzgerald, food editor at the Inquirer, and they have three children. For 12 years, he has organized the annual Erlton triathlon at his local swim club!
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Top Customer Reviews
Those themes resonate in The Road Back, where Miller's family spends three days in 2008 wondering if the college junior is going to emerge from extensive brain and facial surgery following a devastating bicycle accident near Charlottesville, Virginia. Miller, who broke every bone in his face and essentially lost all of his teeth, even has a shy, pretty girlfriend who spends nights at his hospital bedside even as his face is mangled far beyond anything Rocky endured.
Miller, a walk-on swimmer at the University of Virginia who quit the team after one year to focus on triathlon, showed a superhuman tolerance for pain and proving medical experts wrong. He was studying physics texts in bed within days of emerging from major brain trauma. He found a way to consume nearly 4,000 calories a day with his jaw wired shut and underwent eight root canals in one day with minimal painkillers.
Doctors thought Miller could have permanent brain damage and would face months of physical therapy. Instead, he left the hospital in 25 days, scored a 95 on a makeup physics exam with a class average of 65, and two years later completed an Ironman triathlon -- during his first semester of medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, no less.Read more ›
What an amazing story of grace and strength. My husband and I pray for our son each day, and I now pray that he will have the strength of character that both of the Miller boys showed so well throughout this trial. Mr. and Mrs. Miller give such inspiration to me as a young parent, I hope that I can build the strong and loving bonds that they have so clearly cultivated with their boys.
This book can serve as a manual for how to deal with the scariest of situations, as a real family, full of real people. Thank you for the reminder that ordinary people can survive, and even thrive in the face of the worst circumstances.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an incredibly inspirational story of perseverance through challenges.Published 6 months ago by Lance Barrett
I read this book from cover to cover on a business trip. It is a powerful story of resilience and courage, and one that shows the kindness of strangers and the dedication of... Read morePublished 8 months ago by guy alma
I cannot say enough good things about this book. It has literally changed my life. As I currently deal with blurry vision in my left eye which began 14 months ago with shingles and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Susan N.
It was an excellent read as I walked through Matt's recovery to his Ironman victory. He truly is an awesome individual. Would love to meet this young man and his wife.Published 11 months ago by j.a.Rollyson
Loved the story, how close the family was, and all the people that supported them. Very well written and you really get to know the Miller's and other people involved in Matt's... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Carol
Very motivational story of triumph from tragedy. Highly suggested for anyone especially those struggling in the endurance sports. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Perpetual Grad Student
I enjoyed meeting these wonderful people. Matt's family and Emily must have been terrified at first. As a mother I could not even imagine their pain. Read morePublished 18 months ago by T. G. Lawson