I just finished reading this, and if you enjoy military/true-life stories or know someone who does - I recommend it highly.


The author was a journalist with Time magazine, embedded with an Army patrol in Baghdad when a grenade was tossed into the back of the humvee. He was in the process of throwing it back out when it exploded, taking his hand.

He received a waiver to be treated at Walter Reed hospital, and he weaves his own story of recover with that of other soldiers being treated there. Ward 57 is specifically for amputee patients.

I was moved to tears more then once, as he shares the dedication of staff/volunteers at the hospital. The soldiers hopes for the future, and the families that love them.

You will meet heroes.