Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Survive, and Get Back to the Fight (Paperback)
This is an outstanding book and I could not put it down until I read it all the way through. As Kimberly shares her personal experiences in dealing with trauma, it gives us such insight into how trauma impacts one's life. It certainly raises our level of awareness of the many aspects of dealing with trauma and how it changes your life.
Kimberly Dozier provides incredible insight...
Breathing the Fire brings the reader into the heat of Operation Iraqi Freedom - the sacrifices being made, the care being given, the intensity of the war and the level of prefessionalism on the part of every level of care from the first responding soldier on the scene to the medical tauma teams in place back home for the long term care. Kimberly brings each person who traveled this journey with her to life - from her news crew to the soldiers who saved her life to the dcotors who kept the faith in her recovery to the loving family that stood by her as she fought to heal. This book is a gift to the famililes who have suffered a loss or had a loved one injured in the war. Often there is a need to understand this horrific experience in order to find resolution, and Kimberly provides extraordinary insight into the ordeal of being in the blast range of a 500 pound bomb. Her writing style is personal and conversational, and her passion to honor all those who served with her, cared for her, and loved her along the way is an inspiration. Bless you, Kimberly!
"This story reminds us all that courage is often most evident after the battle, when the unwavering commitment of people to each other shows us what true heroes are."
-General Stanley McChrystal, ret.
"An inspiring voice for those who face the challenges of injury, recovery, and loss."
-George W. Casey, Jr., U.S. Army, former commander of multinational forces in Ira
"...a rare, personal view - with all the attention to detail a great reporter brings to bear."
"A master storyteller and one tough journalist. America is lucky to have her on the front lines of reporting."
"Writing in a crisp, clear, broad cast-news style, Dozier’s account of the Memorial Day, 2006, incident is both personal and visceral, describ ing her excruciating brain and burn injuries as well as the pain surround ing the deaths of her two CBS co-workers, a U.S. Army Civil Affairs captain, and his Iraqi translator…In the last third of her book, Dozier paints a vivid picture of what it is actually like to be a war correspondent. Her description of running military checkpoints and dodging Iraqi troops in the initial race to Baghdad crackles with energy and virtually leaps from the page.”
-Carol A. Saynisch, M.A.
“Kimberly Dozier, in her harrowing account of the near-fatal blast injuries she sustained from a roadside bomb while serving as an embedded reporter for CBS in Baghdad, shifts the focus onto the military health system with the balance and rich detail of a seasoned journalist. While meant to be a memoir of her personal journey, Dozier’s account of her injuries and emotional challenges she faced personifies thousands of U.S. heroes wounded by improvised explosive devices, the signature weapons of the war in Iraq. …whether you are a wounded warrior, a clinician, a patient, or a person struggling with loss, this detailed account of a unique continuum of care will grip and inspire you.”
-Akhila Kosaraju, MD S. Ward Casscells
"With self-deprecating wit, Dozier recounts her determination to recover, never straying into self-pity. Her wounds gave her an insider''s perspective on one of the top military stories on the homefront: inattention to veterans'' medical and psychological care. As a television celebrity, however, she faced the opposite problem: a crush of attention from other reporters. "I was a single representative showing [the public] in a horribly fresh way something they''d long been numb to."
"I highly recommend your book."
“Kimberly Dozier has mastered the great art of storytelling in her brilliant book about how she survived an I.E.D. attack in Iraq. She writes of her ordeal without self-pity, dissecting and reliving the trials of Job: broken bones, burns, infections, unbearable pain and occasional medical advice that made things worse. What she did to survive is remarkable; her account of it is raw and riveting. You can''t put it down.”
I have to disclose at the beginning of this review that I have known Kim since college. At first I was afraid to read the book after looking at the pictures because I was afraid I couldn¿t handle the truth ¿ another one of our college friends had visited Kim during her rehab in Baltimore and had told me how she was doing then, and I was scared of reading the whole story. This book was not an easy read. But, as they say, ¿war is hell.¿ Kim takes us on her all too real journey and out the other side. She not only shows us how she survived covering the war in Iraq, but also how she navigated a medical system in which some professionals don¿t always listen to their patients, but also shows us how the best ones do. She exposes a news business in which women journalists are sometimes judged not only by their skills but also on their looks. She reveals her truth, which while not always pretty, is ultimately beautiful. She also admits her fear of failure, something many women of our generation have had to conquer, although perhaps none of us quite so vividly and with the world watching. Kim¿s book truly is a tribute to those who were lost that day, those who survived, and all those who help the survivors, including Kim. The truth of this war, indeed of any war, is an ugly one, but this book offers us a glimpse behind the curtain. It is vitally important that we look.
As Detailed a Report of What Really Happens to a Person After Combat Injuries as You Will Find -- Superb! The average American is too far removed from the reality of what the true cost of this war has been in human terms. I recently-retired from the Department of the Army, and when my friends ask me what I think about the war, I tell them about my recent visits to various Army posts (e.g., Fort Hood & Fort Lewis). I describe the newly-added rows and rows of handicapped parking spaces to accommodate returning troops, as well as seeing too many young soldiers waiting in line at the Burger King with missing limbs, horribly scarred faces, etc. I also tell them about this book. It is of critical importance in raising awareness about what thousands of military and civilian personnel have had to endure because of the war -- a war that most Americans find too abstract to maintain any real interest or involvement. I know for a fact the book has already served as a catalyst for young soldiers who struggle with the decision to open up and talk about their own traumatic experiences. Early on she describes the scene on a Baghdad street as she lay bloodied and mutilated from a horrific bomb blast that killed three others and nearly killed her. You feel as if you are an actual bystander as she describes everything from that point on in such detail that the phrase ''sugar-coated'' would never spring to mind. She describes her victories, her setbacks, her fears, the mixture of helpful and not-so-helpful advice she received, and much more. She paints a picture most everyone of us can identify with, were we to ever be in her situation. I winced more than once while reading about what she had to endure on the road to recovery. I occasionally began to tear up, but there is humor and inspiration contained in her account as well. Again, her level of detail is amazing. After you read it you cheer for her ultimate success in beating the odds and recovering, but you are also reminded of the staggering numbers of other Americans who have suffered similar trauma. How many? The New York Times recently stated that approximately 30,000 U.S. military personnel have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in the book Kimberly points out that 82% of them are believed to have suffered extremity wounds -- that''s over 24,000 men and women, all with their own stories that we will never know. If you read ''Breathing the Fire,'' you will have a very good idea of what those stories might be like, and you can then ponder the question: ''What has happened to them?''
A reviewer This is an outstanding book and I could not put it down until I read it all the way through. As Kimberly shares her personal experiences in dealing with trauma, it gives us such insight into how trauma impacts one''s life. It certainly raises our level of awareness of the many aspects of dealing with trauma and how it changes your life.
This book is a must Biblioholism ¿ The need to read, store and showoff books. This is me. But for Breathing the Fire I had to get past my addiction and pass this book on to others. As I read this book it felt as if I was having a conversation with Kimberly about her experiences and not reading a book. Kimberly¿s story is one of those that prove the human spirit is indomitable. Each chapter was written to be understood as you read it and did not require a medical degree to comprehend. From her stories of intrigue while in Egypt to the outpouring of support from both her immediate family and her CBS family was inspiring. Her feelings about what happened before, during and after this unfortunate event were honest and without malice. This book is definitely worth reading. Way to go Kimberly.
Kimberly Dozier provides incredible insight... Breathing the Fire brings the reader into the heat of Operation Iraqi Freedom -- the sacrifices being made, the care being given, the intensity of the war and the level of professionalism on the part of every level of care from the first responding soldier on the scene to the medical trauma teams in place back home for the long term care. Kimberly brings each person who traveled this journey with her to life -- from her news crew to the soldiers who saved her life to the doctors who kept the faith in her recovery to the loving family that stood by her as she fought to heal. This book is a gift to the families who have suffered a loss or had a loved one injured in the war. Often there is a need to understand this horrific experience in order to find resolution, and Kimberly provides extraordinary insight into the ordeal of being in the blast range of a 500 pound bomb. Her writing style is personal and conversational, and her passion to honor all those who served with her, cared for her, and loved her along the way is an inspiration. Bless you, Kimberly!
Transformation and growth is possible after intense life experiences. Wars often show us the best and worst that humanity has to offer. Courage and pain, honor and sacrifice, success and failure. Kimberly¿s book gives an unflinching look at the suddenness of war and how lives are forever changed by walking through the fire. Her voice allows us a slight peek into the experience of the war wounded and how their journeys unfold affecting them and everyone around them. There are thousands of war wounded whose stories will never be told, whose battles at home will never be seen except by those who love and care for them. Kim¿s voice provides a spotlight on the thousands of Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom veterans who have gone through the fire before her and are breathing the fire of war today. This book should serve to inspire us to help warriors when they come home. Their wounds are physical, emotional, spiritual, financial and psychological, but in all of these challenges is the real possibility for transformation and growth forged through the fire of intense life experience.