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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Spring 2019

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Touching the Dragon
And Other Techniques for Surviving Life's Wars
By (author): James Hatch By (author): Christian D'Andrea
9781101974582 Paperback, Trade English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military Apr 09, 2019
$22.95 CAD
Active 5.2 x 8 x 0.7 in 336 pages Vintage
From former special ops Navy SEAL senior chief, master naval parachutist, and expert military dog trainer and handler comes this fierce, moving tale of a return from hell.

On James Hatch’s fateful final mission in Afghanistan, his SEAL team was tasked with rescuing Bowe Bergdahl—a soldier who deserted his post and fell into the hands of Al-Qaida and the Taliban—but they didn’t recover Bergdahl, and Hatch was left with a shattered femur from a gunshot wound. As a result of the horrific wound to his leg, he had no choice but to end his twenty-four-year military career—the only life he’d ever known. In Touching the Dragon, he recounts his ordeal of getting well physically, which included eighteen surgeries, twelve months of recovery, and learning to walk again. But the toughest trials he faced weren’t physical. He had to fight through the depths of despair, alcoholism, and the pull to end his own life. But through the love of family, friends, soldiers, and specially trained military dogs, he found a purpose and a way back to life, and was able to discover who he was apart from the chaotic world of special operations missions. His story is an eye-opening, inspiring tale that shines a light on the struggles and triumphs of our soldiers returning home.

A WAR STORY UNLIKE OTHERS that makes the reader truly feel and grasp what war does to the psyche and the soul, and how leaving it behind undoes the heart and mind.

HATCH HIMSELF: warrior, decorated hero—four Bronze Star Medals with “V” Device (Valor), Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, two Joint Service Achievement Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, two Combat Action Ribbons, and Presidential Unit.

“TOUCHING THE DRAGON”—a term Hatch invented to mean coming up against that which he found most frightening.

MEDIA ATTENTION. CNN’s Anderson Cooper has produced several segments on Hatch and will conduct a major interview with him at the time of the book’s publication.

INTEREST FROM VA GROUPS. From 2002 to 2009, one million troops have left active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan; almost half were diagnosed with mental-health problems.

JAMES HATCH is a retired member of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. He is the founder of Spike’s K9 Fund as a way to pay back the debt he owes to working K9s. He lives in Virginia. CHRISTIAN D’ANDREA grew up in Minnesota. He graduated from Harvard and Magdalen College, Oxford. He is a documentary filmmaker and writer. He lives in Virginia.

Author Residence: Norfolk, VA

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“Jimmy Hatch is heroic, not just for what he has done on the battlefield, but for breaking the silence surrounding the battles many service members face when they return home.”—Anderson Cooper

“This book touched me like no other personal account of battle I’ve read. Though a special operator who saw more engagements than most, Jimmy Hatch offers no boast or bravado. Instead he describes his unique experiences—and the wars that have shaped this generation of fighting men and women—with provocative insight, calm stoicism, and thoughtful but frustrated understanding. But it is how he has taken those experiences and applied them to his post-trauma life that makes this comparable to Sajer’s The Forgotten Soldier. An exceptional read.”—Mark Hertling, LTG, U.S. Army Ret.

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