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300 previously unpublished letters between him and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.
description from publishers Harper
all his reluctance to lay claim to hero or greatest
generation status, Dole deserves accolades. So,
too, does his memoir."
-- Kirkus Reviews
One Soldier's Story is the World War II
chronicle that America has been waiting