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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401324290
  • ASIN: B005IZV2JA
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,839 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Wow, what a book! I think I was crying on page 3. The collision of man and dog, and the unbreakable bond they form, made my heart leap. Everyone should read this book to better understand not only the ravages of war, but the amazing capacity of the human spirit to rebound. I dare anyone to read this book and not believe in the power of love to heal." 

-- Lee Woodruff, author of In an Instant (with Bob Woodruff) and Perfectly Imperfect 

"A deeply moving story of service, sacrifice, and restoration. Years from now when critics assemble the canon of Iraq War literature, look for Until Tuesday to make everyone's short list.

-- Andrew J. Bacevich, author of Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War
 
"This story of an incredible service dog is both touching and warm. Some of the struggles are painful to read, because they are so real, but that only makes the triumphs more uplifting. In the course of these pages, Tuesday truly becomes a hero, as does Luis Montalván. This book feels like more than a joy; it feels necessary."
 
-- Vicki Myron, #1 NYT bestselling author of Dewey
 
"Until Tuesday explores the unique bond that can occur between dogs and people that ennobles both. This book is a moving tribute to the courage and perseverance of a man as well as the love and the devotion of a remarkable and unforgettable dog."

-- Larry Levin, New York Times bestselling author of Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love
 
"This is a profoundly honest book filled with vital lessons about loss, friendship, war -- and the loving bonds that can save us in our lowest moments. We are all lucky that Capt. Montalván and his dog Tuesday found each other, for in their story we see the possibilities in our own lives."
 
-- Jeffrey Zaslow, coauthor of The New York Times bestseller, The Last Lecture
 
"Luis and Tuesday are two true American heroes. This powerful story is a testament to the courage of veterans both on and off the battlefield. The incredible relationship Luis and Tuesday share is a testament to the power of friendship and service. Far too many veterans face challenges when the invisible wounds of war follow us from the frontlines to our lives back home. Luis is a critical voice for our community, reminding every single veteran that they are not alone. Luis and Tuesday have been instrumental in helping to erase the stigma of invisible wounds, and luckily this book is just the beginning of their incredible story."
 
-- Paul Rieckhoff, Founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Author of Chasing Ghosts 
 
"Luis and Tuesday were one of the original sources of inspiration for my very first piece of legislation. Luis' story of military service, his struggles with visible and invisible wounds of war, and the dog who helped save his life is as compelling on the page as when you hear it in person."
 
-- Senator Al Franken
 

About the Author

LUIS CARLOS MONTALVÁN is a seventeen-year veteran and former captain in the U.S. Army, where he earned the Combat Action Badge, two Bronze Stars, and the Purple Heart. Montalván's writing has been published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The International Herald Tribune (among others), and NPR, CBS, CNN, BBC, C-SPAN, National Geographic, and Democracy Now! have all featured his amazing personal tale. Montalván earned a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, where he is currently completing another master's in strategic communications.

BRET WITTER has collaborated on many acclaimed books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Dewey and Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky.


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Customer Reviews

A very well written book!
Liv Ravdal
I have not personally witnessed how a service dog can help veterans suffering PTSD, but this book made me understand and believe!
Kizmet
I loved Until Tuesday, and how touching the story of Luis and Tuesday is.
Ash

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

296 of 304 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Until Tuesday is much more than the feel-good story about service dogs I was expecting. Luis Carlos Montalván's book provides a brief but uncompromising look at the conduct of America's most recent military incursion into Iraq and the impact it had on soldiers who were placed in impossible positions. It also indicts businesses that discriminate against assistance dogs. None of that should put off dog lovers who want a feel-good story; Montalván's relationship with Tuesday, his golden retriever, is at the book's heart, and it is deeply moving.

The first three chapters imaginatively recreate Tuesday's training, including a look at Tuesday's life in prison while he participated in the Puppies Behind Bars program, bonding with an inmate and helping the inmate hold onto his humanity in an inhumane environment. Tuesday also put in time at Children's Village, where troubled kids learn about responsibility and success by helping to train service dogs.

The next five chapters tell Montalván's story. It mirrors writing that came out of the Vietnam War in its complaint that the nation's leaders lied to the public, neglected the troops, and did too little to help veterans.

Montalván -- a National Guard officer who had been in uniform for more than a decade -- arrived at Al-Waleed, Iraq, in 2003. While working to keep arms and insurgents from crossing into Iraq from Syria, Montalván was ambushed and barely escaped assassination. The severity of his injuries (both physical and psychological) wasn't immediately recognized -- in part because he refused the requests of medics who wanted him to go to Baghdad for x-rays.
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92 of 95 people found the following review helpful By CathyM112 on May 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was sitting on a plane, chatting with the woman next to me about my service dog at my feet, when the woman across the aisle pulled out the book she was reading and showed it to me. On the cover was a face that I looked into every day (except my Golden is on the lighter side). She explained that she had just gotten through the first few pages but recommended it. I walked to the B&N the next day and bought the book.

Luis & Tuesday's story was heartbreaking to read, but not in the way that makes you pity him, but makes you have a tremendous amount of respect for him. And gratitude. Tremendous gratitude for the sacrifices he has made for this country. Home of the Brave, right? Land of the free? It made me feel so ashamed of the way we have treated our veterans, putting them through endless amounts of red tape and process to get the care they need. Its horribly inefficient. And Luis' is brave for his side of the story in Iraq. For not placating and politically positioning like so many of our politicans do. I have always felt like I was never getting the "full story" regarding the War and why were in it. There were too many conflicting explanations.

I also appreciate the way his story shed light on the discrimination people with disabilities still feel....even in the year of 2011, where "PC" is the norm. Its amazing how many store owners have no qualms about shouting at me from across the store that "No Dogs Allowed" despite the bright colored vests my Golden wears or the obviousness of his advanced training.

I appreciate that he views his dog the same way that I view mine. My best friend. My partner.

I hope to meet Luis one day, maybe buy him lunch and hopefully be permitted to wrap my arms around Tuesday and give his coat a ruffle.
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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful By K. Labidi on May 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I got this initially as an audiobook and am now buying it as a "real book" because I want to be able to pick it up, thumb through it, look at photos and have it in my hands & my home. "Until Tuesday" is a beautifully written (and wonderfully read by the author - it's been a pleasure to listen to) account of a soldier's experience during his deployment in, and the aftermath of, the war in Iraq. Montalvan neither indulges in nor shies away from the irresponsibility of those who engineered this war. He is smart, dedicated & patriotic and tells it like it is; I wish every American would read this. In addition to being well-written and politically astute, it's filled with truth, beauty and hope. It's definitely my favorite book of 2011 - really, my favorite book in recent memory. I like it so much that I'm delaying finishing it - I really don't want it to end, don't want to lose Tuesday & Luis as my companions...
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Joanne and Winter on June 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Thank you Mr. Montalvan and to all those who have and continue to serve our country! I recently lost my husband, a decorated Viet Nam veteran to the completely unexpected act of suicide. He suffered from depression and PTSD. I arrived home from work on December 22, 2011 to discover him, causing me to completely collapse. I am now being treated for extreme anxiety and PTSD. This was never a journey I ever imagined I would be taking. Through all of this, a friend of mine mentioned to me that I should read the book Until Tuesday, he said although you do not have a military background I see the similarities in your journeys and struggles.
You see I have an emotional support service dog, Winter. Winter was a Christmas gift to me from my beloved husband, George. I had always wanted a puppy under the Christmas tree and he gave that to me six years ago. On that December night upon my arrival home as I said I collapsed and from that moment to the present Winter has not left my side. She nudges me if I am getting anxious, most times before I realize it my self, she will take my finger or the sleeve of my shirt and guide me away from the situation or she will go away from me and continue to bark until I go to her. She will also wake me from the nightmares I continue to have. Winter has made it possible for me at the present time, and is the only reason I am able to function at all. My friend recognized this and supported me however he said upon reading Until Tuesday, it made him understand just what Winter does for me. Until Tuesday is an honest look at the life struggles that Mr. Montalvan has endured and how he has continued on his journey of healing.
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