Grateful American

Grateful American

A Journey From Self to Service

eBook - 2019
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New York Times Bestseller: The moving, entertaining, never-before-told story of how one man found his calling: to see that those who defend this country and its freedoms are never forgotten."The book is called Grateful American, and I promise you after you read it you will be grateful for what Gary has accomplished and contributed to our country." ́” Clint EastwoodAs a kid in suburban Chicago, Gary Sinise was more interested in sports and rock 'n' roll than reading or schoolwork. But when he impulsively auditioned for a school production of West Side Story, he found his purposé”or so it seemed. Within a few years Gary and a handful of friends created what became one of the most exciting and important new theater companies in America. From its humble beginnings in a suburban Chicago church basement and eventual move into the city, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company launched a series of groundbreaking productions, igniting Gary's career along with those of John Malkovich, Joan Allen, Gary Cole, Laurie Metcalf, Jeff Perry, John Mahoney, and others. Television and film came calling soon after, and Gary starred in Of Mice and Men (which he also directed) and The Stand before taking the role that would change his life in unforeseeable ways: Lieutenant Dan in the Academy Award́“winning Forrest Gump.The military community's embrace of the character of the disabled veteran was matched only by the depth of Gary's realization that America's defenders had not received all the honor, respect, and gratitude their sacrifices deserve. In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, this became Gary's mission. While starring in hits like Apollo 13, Ransom, Truman, George Wallace, CSI:NY, and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Gary has worked tirelessly on behalf of those who serve this country, entertaining more than a half million troops around the world playing bass guitar with his Lt. Dan Band, raising funds on behalf of veterans, and eventually founding the Gary Sinise Foundation with a mission to serve and honor America's defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.Grateful American is the moving, entertaining, profoundly gripping story of how one man found his calling: to see that those who defend this country and its freedoms are never forgotten.
Publisher: 2019.
ISBN: 9781400208135
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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camillalgerner
Apr 13, 2019

A wonderfully written book about the importance of service to our veterans, based largely on Mr Sinise's own life story and interactions with various veterans and support groups. The book inspires in a very positive way while still reminding the reader of the huge human costs of conflict. He writes with deep compassion, sincere empathy, and at times great humour as well regarding his own experiences. From growing the deeply respected Steppenwolf Theatre company, to building his present large charitable foundation, all via grassroots means, this book will make you cry, laugh, and reflect deeply on what it truly means to live in a free society, and how grateful we should all be to our armed forces and veterans for protecting the very rights and liberties that can easily be taken for granted. Well worth reading.

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