Review: Steel Will

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                   After the 9/11 attacks Staff Sgt. (Ret) Shiloh Harris was motivated to enlist in the Army and to go to war. This book tells how he survived an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) explosion and how it affected him and his men. It makes the reader aware of PTSD and how the general public can help those affected and their families.
                    Something I liked about the book was the glossary printed before the first chapter. This is very helpful to the reader who knows very little about military life. There is also an extensive list of recommended organizations and ministries in the back of the book for warriors and their families to get the help they need.
                      The chapters are short yet concise. Several colorful photographs are included in this autobiography. They highlight several of Shiloh's key life points. Including a picture of his childhood in 1974 through his career as a military combatant.
                       This book shines a light on the tragedies that military individuals bear witness to or encounter themselves on a regular basis during their time in war. In America we tend to take our freedom for granted and also fail to realize the significant sacrifices and the burdens of those who are overseas fighting for that very freedom that we are able to enjoy because of them.
                         This was an interesting book to read because it was written from the perspective of a retired soldier (Shiloh Harris) who gives his own personal account of the events in this book.
                         I believe it is both beneficial and important to read first hand accounts because you get to "hear" from someone who was actually at the scene when the event occurred. Therefore, their account would logically be the most factual written piece of their own experience. This book captivated me in such a way that I did not want to put it down.
                         I would consider this book a good read for anyone who wants a firsthand accurate account of war. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

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Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books program.