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Shadow of the Sword: A Marine's Journey of War, Heroism, and Redemption Hardcover – September 15, 2009
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"A raw, heartfelt story of how a man of valor lost his bearings and eventually found the courage to share his story. Shadow of the Sword leaves you hoping and cheering for the happy ending that Workman deserves."—Bing West, author of The Strongest Tribe
"In writing this moving and incredibly honest book, Workman shows at least as much courage as he did in Fallujah. His story gives hope to anyone who struggles that they, too, can overcome if they just keep fighting—one day at a time, one battle at a time, one victory at a time."—Donovan Campbell, author of Joker One
"Workman shows unflinching honesty and gut twisting bravery by sharing with us his complicated journey to normalcy after his seemingly endless battle through hell. This may be the most important book of our Warrior generation and proves that Workman deserves to be in a separate class of American hero." —David Bellavia, author of House to House
"A searing account…In its depiction of combat, Shadow of the Sword ranks with Marcus Luttrell's Lone Survivor."—Wall Street Journal
"This superior addition to the literature on the Iraq War is an exceptionally vivid account of combat and its aftermath…[Workman] provides a harrowing level of detail about the combat…Workman's testimony gives hope that those suffering the nightmare of PTSD can free themselves sufficiently to avoid becoming additional casualties of the current war."—Booklist
About the Author
Jeremiah Workman, an eight-year combat veteran of the United States Marine Corps, received his honorable discharge as a staff sergeant in 2009. He is the recipient of the Navy Cross, the second highest medal for valor. Workman has been profiled in The Washington Post and USA Today, has appeared on Fox News and CNN, and spent a month in 2008 traveling the country as a featured speaker with the Vets for Freedom National Heroes Tour. His final assignment in the Marine Corps was with the Wounded Warrior Regiment, helping injured veterans. He lives in Virginia with his wife and young son.
John R. Bruning is the author or co-author of ten books, including Ghost, The Devil’s Sandbox, House to House, and How to Break a Terrorist. He lives in Oregon with his wife and children.
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If the pain of combat wasn't enough, losing friends, stressed to the max, Workman got little support from his wife while he was gone. I could understand what it was like to be in combat (Marine, Nam, Infantry) and recognize the PTSD's after effects.
I could not understand being in a relationship with a woman who would not accept phone calls, stating she was ''in the shower and he should call back,'' hanging with the ''wild crowd'' at Pendleton, and admiting to taking his phone call -- while she's in a limo with men headed to Vegas. Maybe the forgiveness needed will be an ongoing process. I know I wouldn't have it in me to forgive at the level he outlines.
He deserved better.
You've made us proud, Staff Sergeant -- thank you for serving. It's a miracle you survived. Wish you the best on your Path. Semper Fi.
I also like Laurence Gonzales's "Deep Survival" book for the insight it provides into our Emotional Brain, you've probably heard the term "Amygdala Hijack". Getting a scientific-grade handle on the PTSD mechanism is important for anyone, because anyone can "snap" -- the idea that by thinking hard enough you're always going to be able to override your emotions is just false, as you'll understand from these personal and insightful diary-moments.
"Interpolate" is such a precise word for analyzing my little stresses in the light of his big stresses that I chose it even though you may need to look it up.
What is most impressive and helpful is his honesty, he bared his soul and that of his wife and family. He outlines their struggles in the most honest way imaginable. If you have PTSD, know someone who does, or know someone who is counseling people with PTSD, this is a must read. If you dont 'get it' after reading this book, then you wont ever get it.
I commend the Author for his courage and know this book will make a difference. Read it!
I have to give a great amount of credit to Jeremiah Workman for bringing the issue of post traumatic stress disorder into the mainstream. As he points out in his book PTSD dates back to Ira Hayes and even earlier. Our government and the VA were ill prepared to handle the inner casualties that America's greatest brought home with them. It was to great to see that his wife stuck with him when he was at his lowest and is now there as he struggles to recover his humanity. I hope for Jeremiah's continued success in overcoming PTSD.