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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475073089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475073089
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This story was absolutely inspiring and amazing.
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This story helps to remind us how fragile life can be, and to put things in perspective in our day to day lives.
Daniel J Harley
This book is inspiring and I highly recommend reading it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Antol Krull on May 29, 2012
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I have been following the story of Matt Miller since Mr. Vitez first started writing about him. As an avid cyclist myself, and someone who worked for many years at a medical school, I found reading the book compelling, emotional and inspirational. I truly could not put the book down and I even knew how it ended! The story of the Miller family and all the doctors, nurses, friends and others who joined together in Matt's recovery was truly astounding. It is a must read for anyone who ever wondered about the power of the human spirit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Inspired in Wintergreen on June 3, 2012
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Michael Vitez has written a masterpiece. The book is compelling and almost impossible to put down. It is a parent's nightmare to get a call that your child is near death with little hope of recovery. You are left with chills as Mr. Vitez makes the story come to life. Mr. Vitez beautifully weaves the accident and the recovery with profiles of the incredible family and the devoted girlfriend. You will feel inspired when you finish the book and longing for more. There is something for everyone in this book and I enthusiastically recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike on June 2, 2012
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This is a very compelling and touching story of triumph over adversity and personal hardship. Michael Vitez has done and excellent job in capturing the emotions and feelings of all of the participants and keeps you emotionally involved in the story from beginning to end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J Harley on May 29, 2012
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I was familiar with the story before reading this book, but The Road Back helped fill in the blanks and provide an incredibly compelling account of the details of Matt's accident and subsequent recovery. The author does a great job alternating between bringing the reader into the story - you feel as if you're in the hospital room witnessing events as they unfold - and providing pertinant background information and context. This is an incredible story that anyone can relate to. As a parent I was incredibly moved hearing what the Millers went through. As a person, I was inspired by Matt's accomplishments. This story helps to remind us how fragile life can be, and to put things in perspective in our day to day lives. I highly recommend The Road Back.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kevin m oley on January 15, 2013
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Great story writing is good but not great. I enjoyed it because I am a triathlete, but I don't think it would be as interesting if you are not an athlete. Well done but no literary masterpiece.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christine on October 26, 2012
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It was rather disconcerting to have one sentence take up the page in my phone's Kindle app.

Reading 50-word sentences grows old after a while. Almost every sentence in this book is a compound sentence. Those that are not are complex sentences.

The subject matter is interesting. The writing style, not so much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JAG on May 29, 2012
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I could not put my Kindle down while reading this book on vacation(except to wipe away some tears). I really would like to thank the Miller family for sharing such an incredible story and thank you Mr. Vitez for writing and publishing it. The courage, determination, love and loyalty of everyone involved (especially Matt) is such an inspiration and a truly remarkable example of the human spirt and will. Everyone should read this book! Thank you again for sharing this journey! Best wishes to Matt and Emily on the next chapter of their lives together!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura K. Wortman on May 21, 2012
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The story of Matt Miller and the journey he and his family embarked on in the face of sudden and terrible tragedy is both amazing and inspiring. The Miller family and their close friends allow readers a peek into their world as they face sadness, challenges and many, many triumphs. My heart grew with every page, with every miracle, and I highly recommend this book. Buy one for yourself, each member of your family, your best friends, colleagues, anyone who you are grateful to have in your life. The gift of this book expresses gratitude in a way words never can.
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