by Bob Dole

At last, in his own words, Bob Dole tells his legendary World War II story - a personal odyssey of tremendous courage, sacrifice, and faith

In One Soldier's Story, Bob Dole tells the moving, inspirational story of his harrowing experiences in World War II, and how he overcame life-threatening injuries long before rising to the top of the U.S. Senate. As a platoon leader in the famed 10th Mountain Division, 21-year-old Bob Dole was gravely wounded on a hill in the Italian mountains just two weeks before the end of the war. Trying to pull his radioman to safety while battling a fortified German position, Dole was hit by enemy fire in his right shoulder and back. Over the next three years, not expected to survive, he lapsed in and out of consciousness, lost a kidney, lost the use of his right arm, and most of the feeling in his left arm. But he willed himself to live.

Drawing on nearly 300 previously unpublished letters between him and his family during this period, Dole offers a powerful, vivid portrait of one man's struggle to survive in the closing moments of the war. With insight and candor, Dole also focuses on the words, actions, and selfless deeds of countless American heroes with whom he served, including two fellow injured soldiers who later joined him in the Senate. He speaks here not as a politician, but as a wounded G.I. who overcame the longest odds to rebuild his life. Heartfelt and inspiring, One Soldier's Story is the World War II chronicle America has been waiting for.

(The above description from publishers Harper Collins)

"For all his reluctance to lay claim to hero or greatest generation status, Dole deserves accolades. So, too, does his memoir."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"Heartfelt and inspiring,
One Soldier's Story
is the World War II chronicle that America has been waiting for."

-- Amazon.com review


Bob Dole served in the U.S. Senate for twenty-seven years and was the Republican Leader for twelve years. He was the Chairman of the Republican National Committee under the Presidency of Richard Nixon, the 1976 Republican nominee for Vice President with Gerald Ford, and the 1996 Republican nominee for President. He was also the Chairman of the National World War II Memorial. 

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