Back in the Game

Back in the Game

One Gunman, Countless Heroes, and the Fight for My Life

Book - 2018
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On the morning of June 14, 2017, at a practice field for the annual Congressional Baseball Game, a man opened fire on the Republican team, wounding five, including Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise nearly fatally.

In heart-pounding fashion, Scalise's minute-by-minute account tells not just his own harrowing story of barely surviving this horrific attack, but the stories of heroes who emerged in the seconds after the shooting began; in the minutes, hours, and days after he suffered a devastating gunshot wound, in order to save his life and the lives of his friends.

Scalise delves into the backgrounds of each hero, seeking to understand how everyone wound up right where they needed to be, right when they needed to be there, and in possession of just the knowledge and experience they needed in order to save his life. Scalise takes us through each miracle, and each person who experienced it. He brings us the story of Rep. Brad Wenstrup, an Army Reserve officer and surgeon whose experience serving in combat in Iraq prepared him to save Scalise's life that day; of the members of his security detail who acted with nearly cinematic courage; of the police, paramedics, helicopter pilots and trauma team who came together to save his life.

It tells, most importantly, of the citizens from all over America, who came together in ways big and small to help one grateful man, and whose prayers lifted Scalise up, during the worst of his hospitalization.

As we follow the gripping, heart pounding, and ultimately inspiring story, we begin to learn what Scalise was experiencing in real time; That Americans look out for each other; that there is far more uniting us than dividing us.

Publisher: New York : Center Street, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781546076131
Branch Call Number: B SCALISE
Characteristics: x, 285 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Stern, Jeffrey E. (Reporter),- Author


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bunnyluv Feb 16, 2019

Wasn't sure about reading this book. But Steve Scalise's book is very honest and humble in the retelling of the many hero's who came together and saved his life. It is fast reading and interesting in the back stories of the people that because of their experience and training were very important in saving Mr Scalise's life.

Nov 12, 2018

Steve Scalise generously praises everyone and does a "Bridge Over San Luis Rey" type of story that traces back how everyone happened to be there and with the skills and expertise so desperately needed. The story he doesn't tell is that the gunman was a left-wing Bernie Sanders activist. (Funny the double standard in reporting. It's always blared from the rooftops when someone from the right does something.) Thank goodness he survived although he will never completely recover. He is back in the House of Representatives as Majority Whip and fights for the rights of all of us, even the left-wingers who wish him ill will. A very important must read.


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