The youngest living Medal of Honor recipient delivers an unforgettable memoir that "will inspire every reader” (Jim Mattis)
NATIONAL BESTSELLER: A USA Today, Washington Post, and Publishers Weekly bestseller
On November 21, 2010, U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Kyle Carpenter was posted atop a building in violent Helmand Province, Afghanistan, when an enemy grenade skittered toward Kyle and fellow Marine Nick Eufrazio. Without hesitation, Kyle chose a path of selfless heroism that few can imagine. He jumped on the grenade, saving Nick but sacrificing himself.
One of the year’s most anticipated books, Kyle’s remarkable memoir reveals a central truth that will inspire every reader: Life is worth everything we’ve got. It is the story of how one man became a so-called hero who willingly laid down his life for his brother-in-arms—and equally, it is a story of rebirth, of how Kyle battled back from the gravest challenge to forge a life of joyful purpose.
Kyle Carpenter’s heart flatlined three times while being evacuated off the battlefield in Afghanistan. Yet his spirit was unbroken. Severely wounded from head to toe, Kyle lost his right eye as well as most of his jaw. It would take dozens of surgeries and almost three years in and out of the hospital to reconstruct his body. From there, he began the process of rebuilding his life. What he has accomplished in the last nine years is extraordinary: he’s come back a stronger, better, wiser person.
In 2014, Kyle was awarded the nation’s highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his “singular act of courage” on that rooftop in Afghanistan, an action which had been reviewed exhaustively by the military. Kyle became the youngest living recipient of the award–and only the second living Marine so honored since Vietnam.
You Are Worth It is a memoir about the war in Afghanistan and Kyle’s heroics, and it is also a manual for living. Organized around the credos that have guided Kyle’s life (from “Don’t Hide Your Scars” to “Call Your Mom”), the book encourages us to become our best selves in the time we’ve been given on earth. Above all, it’s about finding purpose, regardless of the hurdles that may block our way.
Moving and unforgettable, You Are Worth It is an astonishing memoir from one of our most extraordinary young leaders.
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About the Author
Kyle Carpenter was born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1989. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2009 and served as a Squad Automatic Weapon gunner in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. In June 2014, Carpenter was awarded the Medal of Honor, and in 2017, he graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in international studies.
Don Yaeger is an eleven-time New York Times best-selling author, longtime associate editor at Sports Illustrated, and award-winning inspirational speaker. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife, son, and daughter.
Table of Contents
Map of Afghanistan ix
Introduction: You Are Worth It 1
Chapter 1 Afghanistan 7
Chapter 2 It Starts at Home 25
Chapter 3 Hard Work Pays Off 41
Chapter 4 Keep Your Promises-to Others and to Yourself 52
Chapter 5 Lead with Action 66
Chapter 6 Someone Else's Shoes 88
Chapter 7 The Grenade 114
Chapter 8 Call Your Mom 130
Chapter 9 Find the Joy 151
Chapter 10 It Starts at Home (Again) 182
Chapter 11 The Past Truly Is the Past 204
Chapter 12 Jump 218
Chapter 13 Don't Hide Your Scars 236
Chapter 14 "Stay Motivated" 249
Chapter 15 Know Your Worth 277
Chapter 16 You're Going to Fail…and That's Okay 293
Chapter 17 You Are More Than Your Ribbon Rack or Résumé 304
Chapter 18 Say Thank You 331
Parting Thoughts 347
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Kyle is 30 years old now and recognizes how his close bonds with his family have helped him become the man he is today, along with his service in the Marine Corps, earning a Purple Heart and the MOH. His recovery from his grievous wounds, his competitiveness with himself, and looking at the broader picture of his experiences show the depth and understanding, the maturity of this young man. I follow him on his web site. I look forward to reading any books he may write in the future.
As soon as I picked this book up I did not set it down till I was finished. Well written and a great read