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You are worth it : building a life worth fighting for
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9780062898548
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1st ed.
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viii, 308 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.
Contents:
Introduction: You are worth it -- Afghanistan -- It starts at home -- Hard work pays off -- Keep your promises-- to others and to yourself -- Lead with action -- Someone else's shoes -- The grenade -- Call your mom -- Find the joy -- It starts at home (again) -- The past truly is the past -- Jump -- Don't hide your scars -- "Stay motivated" -- Know your worth -- You're going to fail... and that's okay -- You are more than your ribbon rack or résumé -- Say thank you -- Parting thoughts.
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November 21, 2010. U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Kyle Carpenter was posted atop a building in violent Helmand Province, Afghanistan, when an enemy grenade skittered toward him and fellow Marine Nick Eufrazio. Without hesitation, Carpenter jumped on the grenade, saving Eufrazio but sacrificing himself. Severely wounded, it took dozens of surgeries and almost three years to reconstruct his body-- yet his spirit was unbroken. This is Carpenter's story of how he battled back from the gravest challenge to forge a life of joyful purpose.
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The youngest living Medal of Honor recipient delivers an unforgettable memoir that "will inspire every reader" (Jim Mattis)

NATIONAL BESTSELLER: A USA Today, Washington Post, and Publishers Weekly bestseller

On November 21, 2010, U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Kyle Carpenter was posted atop a building in violent Helmand Province, Afghanistan, when an enemy grenade skittered toward Kyle and fellow Marine Nick Eufrazio. Without hesitation, Kyle chose a path of selfless heroism that few can imagine. He jumped on the grenade, saving Nick but sacrificing himself.

One of the year's most anticipated books, Kyle's remarkable memoir reveals a central truth that will inspire every reader: Life is worth everything we've got. It is the story of how one man became a so-called hero who willingly laid down his life for his brother-in-arms--and equally, it is a story of rebirth, of how Kyle battled back from the gravest challenge to forge a life of joyful purpose.

Kyle Carpenter's heart flatlined three times while being evacuated off the battlefield in Afghanistan. Yet his spirit was unbroken. Severely wounded from head to toe, Kyle lost his right eye as well as most of his jaw. It would take dozens of surgeries and almost three years in and out of the hospital to reconstruct his body. From there, he began the process of rebuilding his life. What he has accomplished in the last nine years is extraordinary: he's come back a stronger, better, wiser person.

In 2014, Kyle was awarded the nation's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his "singular act of courage" on that rooftop in Afghanistan, an action which had been reviewed exhaustively by the military. Kyle became the youngest living recipient of the award-and only the second living Marine so honored since Vietnam.

You Are Worth It is a memoir about the war in Afghanistan and Kyle's heroics, and it is also a manual for living. Organized around the credos that have guided Kyle's life (from "Don't Hide Your Scars" to "Call Your Mom"), the book encourages us to become our best selves in the time we've been given on earth. Above all, it's about finding purpose, regardless of the hurdles that may block our way.

Moving and unforgettable, You Are Worth It is an astonishing memoir from one of our most extraordinary young leaders.


Author Notes

Don Yaeger was an Associate Editor at Sports Illustrated magazine. He is the co-author of Under the Tarnished Dome: How Notre Dame Betrayed Its Ideals for Football Glory, Pros and Cons: The Criminals Who Play in the NFL, and George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution, Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History, and Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle that shaped America's destiny.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Carpenter was a U.S. Marine stationed in Afghanistan in 2010 when he covered a live grenade with his body to shield a fellow soldier from the blast. Astonishingly, the 21-year-old hero survived the explosion but suffered multiple serious injuries, including loss of his right eye, burns, a skull fracture, and a broken arm. He recalls the confusion and panic when he realized part of his face was gone: the only thing I could feel was my tongue searching for my lower jaw no cheeks, no teeth, no jaw. His memoir describes growing up, wartime experiences, treatment of his injuries, recovery, and lessons learned. Resilience and integrity figure prominently in his story. So too do grief, pain, and survivor's guilt. Medical personnel performed a miracle "" on Carpenter's damaged body. He underwent more than two-dozen surgeries, spent about three months in hospitals, and required a feeding tube for nearly one month. He has gone on to graduate from college, run a marathon, and ultimately receive the Medal of Honor from President Obama. Carpenter encourages everyone to ""Be part of someone else's miracle.""--Tony Miksanek Copyright 2010 Booklist