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In an Instant: A Family's Journey of Love and Healing

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ISBN13: 9781400066674
ISBN10: 1400066670
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In one of the most anticipated books of the year, Lee Woodruff, along with her husband, Bob Woodruff, share their never-before-told story of romance, resilience, and survival following the tragedy that transformed their lives and gripped a nation.

In January 2006, the Woodruffs seemed to have it all — a happy marriage and four beautiful children. Lee was a public relations executive and Bob had just been named co-anchor of ABC's "World News Tonight." Then, while Bob was embedded with the military in Iraq, an improvised explosive device went off near the tank he was riding in. He and his cameraman, Doug Vogt, were hit, and Bob suffered a traumatic brain injury that nearly killed him.

In an Instant is the frank and compelling account of how Bob and Lee's lives came together, were blown apart, and then were miraculously put together again — and how they persevered, with grit but also with humor, through intense trauma and fear. Here are Lee's heartfelt memories of their courtship, their travels as Bob left a law practice behind and pursued his news career and Lee her freelance business, the glorious births of her children and the challenges of motherhood.

Bob in turn recalls the moment he caught the journalism "bug" while covering Tiananmen Square for CBS News, his love of overseas assignments and his guilt about long separations from his family, and his pride at attaining the brass ring of television news — being chosen to fill the seat of the late Peter Jennings.

And, for the first time, the Woodruffs reveal the agonizing details of Bob's terrible injuries and his remarkable recovery. We learn that Bob's return home was not an end to the journey but the first step into a future they have learned not to fear but to be grateful for.

In an Instant is much more than the dual memoir of love and courage. It is an important, wise, and inspiring guide to coping with tragedy — and an extraordinary drama of marriage, family, war, and nation.

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ABC's "World News Tonight" co-anchor and his wife share their never-before-told story about the attack in Iraq that left Bob seriously injured. This honest, frank account is a love story of two people and how they have recovered and renewed their lives.

About the Author

Lee Woodruff and Bob Woodruff live in Westchester County, New York, with their four children. Bob Woodruff was named co-anchor of ABC's "World News Tonight" in December 2005. On January 29, 2006, while reporting on U.S. and Iraqi security forces, Mr. Woodruff was seriously injured by a roadside bomb that struck his vehicle near Taji, Iraq. Lee Woodruff is a public relations executive and freelance writer.

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Jena, August 10, 2007 (view all comments by Jena)
This book turned out to be way more focused on Woodruff's (or the Woodruffs') pre-injury life than about the recovery; I would have preferred to read more about Bob's recovery process, and about how Bob's treatment by collaboration of military and private doctors has changed how military brain injuries are handled. (Lee mentions this, but doesn't elaborate.) But the pre-injury stuff is pretty fascinating and the bilateral element--both Bob's and Lee's points of view--offered a nicely rounded perspective on situations. B+
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Ladybug768, April 1, 2007 (view all comments by Ladybug768)
Wow. This book made me realize how lucky I am and how love can conquer anything. I know that sounds corny but this book can change lives. Thank you to both Bob & Lee for letting us in.
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Shannon Geiger, March 16, 2007 (view all comments by Shannon Geiger)
Bob and Lee Woodruff tell the story, not just of Bob's injury in Iraq, but of their relationship. The book is well written and the tone is almost conversational. The book does a wonderful job of not just explaining what happened to Bob and his family, but their journey to recovery. The book also discusses the toll that such injuries take on the family, not just the injured. It was an inspiring look at how you can find strength you didn't know you had and that miracles really do happen.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400066674
Subtitle:
A Family's Journey of Love and Healing
Author:
Lee Woodruff and Bob Woodruff
Author:
Lee and Bob Woodruff
Author:
Lee and Bob Woodruff
Author:
Woodruff, Lee
Author:
Woodruff, Bob
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
General
Subject:
Specific Groups - Special Needs
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Television Personalities
Subject:
Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
General Biography
Publication Date:
20070227
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-PP COLOR PHOTO INSERT
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.43 x 6.4 x 1 in 1.285 lb

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