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.
“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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