Every Day Is a Gift by Tammy Duckworth audiobook

Every Day Is a Gift: A Memoir

By Tammy Duckworth
Read by Tammy Duckworth

Twelve, 12/Twelve 9781538718506

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • Available on 04/20/2021

    ISBN: 9781549108723

  • ISBN: 9781549109690

Runtime: 8.61 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

The incredible story of US senator and Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth

In Every Day Is a Gift, Tammy Duckworth takes readers through the amazing—and amazingly true—stories from her incomparable life. In November of 2004, an Iraqi rocket-propelled grenade blew through the cockpit of Tammy Duckworth’s US Army Black Hawk helicopter. The explosion, which destroyed her legs and mangled her right arm, was a turning point in her life. But as Duckworth shows in Every Day Is a Gift, that moment was just one in a lifetime of extraordinary turns.

The biracial daughter of an American father and a Thai-Chinese mother, Duckworth faced discrimination, poverty, and the horrors of war—all before the age of sixteen. As a child, she dodged bullets as her family fled war-torn Phnom Penh. As a teenager, she sold roses by the side of the road to save her family from hunger and homelessness in Hawaii. Through these experiences, she developed a fierce resilience that would prove invaluable in the years to come.

Duckworth joined the Army, becoming one of a handful of female helicopter pilots at the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She served eight months in Iraq before an insurgent’s rocket-propelled grenade shot down her helicopter, an attack that took her legs—and nearly took her life. She then spent thirteen months recovering at Walter Reed, learning to walk again on prosthetic legs and planning her return to the cockpit. But Duckworth found a new mission after meeting her state’s senators, Barack Obama and Dick Durbin. After winning two terms as a US representative, she won election to the US Senate in 2016. And she and her husband Bryan fulfilled another dream when she gave birth to two daughters, becoming the first sitting senator to give birth.

From childhood to motherhood and beyond, Every Day Is a Gift is the remarkable story of one of America’s most dedicated public servants.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Tammy Duckworth’s inspiring life story reads like a novel, defined by moments of exceptional grace and resilience. As a fellow veteran, I was moved by the gripping account of her service in uniform…She is an extraordinary leader and an exemplary American, and this book reminds us why.” Pete Buttigieg, American politician and former US Navy intelligence officer
“Soldier, senator, mother—Tammy Duckworth is all these and more…The word I would use for Tammy is ‘inspiration,’ which is what I felt upon reading this remarkable memoir.” Amy Klobuchar, US senator from Minnesota
“Raw, unfiltered, powerful, a compelling story of courage and determination against overwhelming odds. Tammy Duckworth is a true warrior…[and] one of the most respected senators on Capitol Hill. Nothing can stop her.” Admiral William H. McRaven (US Navy, Ret.), New York Times bestselling author
“Every Day Is a Gift isn’t your usual political memoir, but it is a quintessentially American story. Tammy Duckworth’s life journey…is a story of amazing grit and determination, colored throughout by a love of this country and what it stands for.” Mitt Romney, US senator from Utah

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Author

Author Bio: Tammy Duckworth

Author Bio: Tammy Duckworth

Senator Tammy Duckworth is a former US Army lieutenant colonel who has served as the junior United States Senator for Illinois since 2017. A proud Iraq War veteran and helicopter pilot, she represented Illinois’s 8th district in the US House of Representatives from 2013 to 2017. Before election to office, she served as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs from 2006 to 2009 and as assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs in the US Department of Veterans Affairs from 2009 to 2011.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 8.61
Audience: Adult
Language: English