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Author Rodriguez, Daniel, 1988-

Title Rise : a soldier, a dream, and a promise kept / Daniel Rodriguez with Joe Layden.

Publication Info. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Freeport PL Adult Biography - FPLY-13  B RODRIGUEZ DANIEL    AVAILABLE
 Ida PL Adult Biography - IPLY-12  B RODRIGUEZ    AVAILABLE
 Moline PL Adult Biography - MPLG-6  B ROD    AVAILABLE
 Yorkville PL Adult Biography - YKBB-4  B ROD    AVAILABLE
Description xix, 236 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
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Summary Daniel Rodriguez joined the army just weeks after graduating from high school. At age eighteen he had no idea what war really was; he just wanted to get out of town. Almost immediately, he was deployed to Iraq where he would spend seventeen months. He would later serve a tour of duty in Afghanistan. And he grew up fast. He stopped sleeping, started smoking, and killing became second nature. He fought in the Battle of Kamdesh, one of the bloodiest encounters in Afghanistan, and for his bravery he was awarded a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star with Valor. But his best friend was not so lucky. Against all odds, Daniel returned home, broken, but still alive. Living at his sister's house, unemployed, and stuck in the clutches of PTSD, Daniel remembered a promise to his friend and knew he had to make good on it. So he embarked on a grueling training regimen, transforming himself through sheer grit and hard work into a true athletic specimen. When he posted a video of his efforts, it went viral overnight. Through some mixture of hope, determination, and the power of the internet, Daniel earned a spot on the Clemson University football team as a wide receiver. This is Daniel's powerful narrative of a young soldier, his unlikely dream, and how he found his way out of darkness.
Subject Rodriguez, Daniel, 1988-
Layden, Joseph, 1959-
United States. Army -- Biography.
Clemson Tigers (Football team)
Afghan War, 2001- -- Personal narratives, American.
Afghan War, 2001- -- Campaigns.
Afghan War, 2001- -- Veterans -- United States -- Biography.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Veterans -- United States -- Biography.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal narratives, American.
Soldiers -- United States -- Biography.
Post-traumatic stress disorder -- Patients -- United States -- Biography.
Football players -- United States -- Biography.
Indexed Term Battle of Kamdesh
Added Title Soldier, a dream, and a promise kept
ISBN 9780544365605 (hardback)
0544365607 (hardback)

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