In an Instant: A Family's Journey of Love and Healing (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, May 1, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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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.

A percentage of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the Bob Woodruff Family Fund for Traumatic Brain Injury.


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

User Review  - David Litwack - Goodreads

I picked up this book to do research for my upcoming novel, Along the Watchtower, hoping to better understand the impact of Traumatic Brain Injury. I was unprepared to find such an honest and heart ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Megan Palasik - Goodreads

I liked this book a lot. I've heard a lot about Bob Woodruff not because of his job as a reporter and anchor, but because of his injury. I'm a speech-language pathologist and his brain injury was ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
vii
Section 2
3
Section 3
18
Section 4
27
Section 5
29
Section 6
36
Section 7
58
Section 8
72
Section 23
202
Section 24
205
Section 25
208
Section 26
216
Section 27
252
Section 28
263
Section 29
265
Section 30
272

Section 9
87
Section 10
101
Section 11
109
Section 12
127
Section 13
133
Section 14
139
Section 15
142
Section 16
146
Section 17
155
Section 18
179
Section 19
182
Section 20
185
Section 21
187
Section 22
199
Section 31
277
Section 32
285
Section 33
289
Section 34
290
Section 35
294
Section 36
295
Section 37
297
Section 38
300
Section 39
302
Section 40
303
Section 41
304
Section 42
305
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About the author (2007)

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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