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Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Luis Carlos Montalvan
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'Wow, what a book! I think I was crying on page 3. The collision of man and dog, and the unbreakable bond they form, made my heart leap. Everyone should read this book to better understand not only the ravages of war, but the amazing capacity of the human spirit to rebound. I dare anyone to read this book and not believe in the power of love to heal.' (Lee Woodruff, author of In an Instant (with Bob Woodruff) and Perfectly Imperfect)

'A deeply moving story of service, sacrifice, and restoration. Years from now when critics assemble the canon of Iraq War literature, look for Until Tuesday to make everyone's short list.' (Andrew J. Bacevich, author of Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War)

'This story of an incredible service dog is both touching and warm. Some of the struggles are painful to read, because they are so real, but that only makes the triumphs more uplifting. In the course of these pages, Tuesday truly becomes a hero, as does Luis Montalv?n. This book feels like more than a joy; it feels necessary.' (Vicki Myron, #1 NYT bestselling author of Dewey)

'Until Tuesday explores the unique bond that can occur between dogs and people that ennobles both. This book is a moving tribute to the courage and perseverance of a man as well as the love and the devotion of a remarkable and unforgettable dog.' (Larry Levin, New York Times bestselling author of Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love)

'This is a profoundly honest book filled with vital lessons about loss, friendship, war -- and the loving bonds that can save us in our lowest moments. We are all lucky that Capt. Montalv?n and his dog Tuesday found each other, for in their story we see the possibilities in our own lives.' (Jeffrey Zaslow, coauthor of The New York Times bestseller, The Last Lecture)

'Luis and Tuesday are two true American heroes. This powerful story is a testament to the courage of veterans both on and off the battlefield. The incredible relationship Luis and Tuesday share is a testament to the power of friendship and service. Far too many veterans face challenges when the invisible wounds of war follow us from the frontlines to our lives back home. Luis is a critical voice for our community, reminding every single veteran that they are not alone. Luis and Tuesday have been instrumental in helping to erase the stigma of invisible wounds, and luckily this book is just the beginning of their incredible story.' (Paul Rieckhoff, Founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Author of Chasing Ghosts)

'Luis and Tuesday were one of the original sources of inspiration for my very first piece of legislation. Luis' story of military service, his struggles with visible and invisible wounds of war, and the dog who helped save his life is as compelling on the page as when you hear it in person.' (Senator Al Franken)

Présentation de l'éditeur

A heartwarming dog story like no other: Tuesday, a lovable golden retriever, changes a former soldier's life forever.

A highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, Luis Montalván never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home from combat, however, his physical wounds and crippling post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. He wondered if he would ever recover.

Then Luis met Tuesday, a sensitive golden retriever trained to assist the disabled. Tuesday had lived among prisoners and at a home for troubled boys, and he found it difficult to trust in or connect with a human being--until Luis.

Until Tuesday is the story of how two wounded warriors, who had given so much and suffered the consequences, found salvation in each other. It is a story about war and peace, injury and recovery, psychological wounds and spiritual restoration. But more than that, it is a story about the love between a man and dog, and how, together, they healed each other's souls.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 14749 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 322 pages
  • Editeur : Hachette Books (3 mai 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00JJ9GMD2
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A precious book! 27 février 2012
A great book about LOVE and a man's saving thanks to his golden dog. The devotion of a dog, the courage of a man fighting against the recollection of war. It moved me to tears. Everyone should read it really!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 More than a feel-good story 3 mai 2011
Par TChris - Publié sur Amazon.com
Until Tuesday is much more than the feel-good story about service dogs I was expecting. Luis Carlos Montalván's book provides a brief but uncompromising look at the conduct of America's most recent military incursion into Iraq and the impact it had on soldiers who were placed in impossible positions. It also indicts businesses that discriminate against assistance dogs. None of that should put off dog lovers who want a feel-good story; Montalván's relationship with Tuesday, his golden retriever, is at the book's heart, and it is deeply moving.

The first three chapters imaginatively recreate Tuesday's training, including a look at Tuesday's life in prison while he participated in the Puppies Behind Bars program, bonding with an inmate and helping the inmate hold onto his humanity in an inhumane environment. Tuesday also put in time at Children's Village, where troubled kids learn about responsibility and success by helping to train service dogs.

The next five chapters tell Montalván's story. It mirrors writing that came out of the Vietnam War in its complaint that the nation's leaders lied to the public, neglected the troops, and did too little to help veterans.

Montalván -- a National Guard officer who had been in uniform for more than a decade -- arrived at Al-Waleed, Iraq, in 2003. While working to keep arms and insurgents from crossing into Iraq from Syria, Montalván was ambushed and barely escaped assassination. The severity of his injuries (both physical and psychological) wasn't immediately recognized -- in part because he refused the requests of medics who wanted him to go to Baghdad for x-rays. When he returned to Colorado in 2004, the "counseling" he received was brief and ineffective; he feared that requesting more would jeopardize his military career. Unable to adjust to a quiet life and faced with a failed marriage, he signed up for a second tour in Iraq and was assigned as a liaison officer to the Iraqi Special Forces. When the Iraqi Army started "a campaign of tribal and ethnic cleaning against the Sunnis" with the tacit support of the American Army, Montalván "could no longer understand what [his] men were fighting and dying for." He felt betrayed by leaders who turned their attention to "the media, the message, the public back home -- anything and everything, it seemed, but the soldiers under their command." After he wrote a critical op-ed that was published in The New York Times, he received an honorable discharge and returned home with PTSD: an umbrella diagnosis that encompassed his feelings of anxiety and paranoia, his withdrawal and isolation, his bitter days and sleepless nights.

The final sixteen chapters tell the story I was expecting and that dog lovers will recognize: a story of training and bonding, loving and learning. A dog and man with complementary personalities: codependent companions, mutual providers of support. Although Montalván tells a serious story, he also takes the time to describe Tuesday's playful antics, wonderful passages that made me laugh out loud. Even in those chapters, however, the war lurks. Some politically-minded readers might not appreciate Montalván's take on the Bush administration ... or, for that matter, his disappointment with the Obama administration. Montalván is a bright, emotionally honest man who isn't afraid to express a forceful point of view; it didn't bother me but it might anger some, so be warned. Not all of this book has a "feel good" quality.

Until Tuesday tells a personal story; it isn't filled with generalized facts about service dogs or PTSD. I can't say I learned anything new from it, but that might be because I once helped someone with a social anxiety disorder who can't leave his home without the calming influence of a service dog. He was experiencing the same discrimination that Montalván describes: restaurant managers, worried about violating health codes, mistakenly (and illegally) claim that a dog isn't really a service dog unless its owner is blind. I also live next door to a service dog that assists a woman in a wheelchair. Based on those experiences, and having a golden retriever of my own, I believed every word of Luis Carlos Montalván's account of how his relationship with Tuesday made it possible for him to reclaim his life -- despite the discrimination he encountered.

Tuesday reminded me so much of my own golden (particularly the description of Tuesday breaking training to dive into a swimming pool to steal the other dogs' toys) that I have no choice but to recommend this book. Fortunately, the book merits that recommendation; the story it tells may not be packed with fresh information, but it is memorable and moving and richly rewarding. I would give Until Tuesday 4 1/2 stars if that option were available.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 For the Love of a Golden 27 mai 2011
Par CathyM112 - Publié sur Amazon.com
I was sitting on a plane, chatting with the woman next to me about my service dog at my feet, when the woman across the aisle pulled out the book she was reading and showed it to me. On the cover was a face that I looked into every day (except my Golden is on the lighter side). She explained that she had just gotten through the first few pages but recommended it. I walked to the B&N the next day and bought the book.

Luis & Tuesday's story was heartbreaking to read, but not in the way that makes you pity him, but makes you have a tremendous amount of respect for him. And gratitude. Tremendous gratitude for the sacrifices he has made for this country. Home of the Brave, right? Land of the free? It made me feel so ashamed of the way we have treated our veterans, putting them through endless amounts of red tape and process to get the care they need. Its horribly inefficient. And Luis' is brave for his side of the story in Iraq. For not placating and politically positioning like so many of our politicans do. I have always felt like I was never getting the "full story" regarding the War and why were in it. There were too many conflicting explanations.

I also appreciate the way his story shed light on the discrimination people with disabilities still feel....even in the year of 2011, where "PC" is the norm. Its amazing how many store owners have no qualms about shouting at me from across the store that "No Dogs Allowed" despite the bright colored vests my Golden wears or the obviousness of his advanced training.

I appreciate that he views his dog the same way that I view mine. My best friend. My partner.

I hope to meet Luis one day, maybe buy him lunch and hopefully be permitted to wrap my arms around Tuesday and give his coat a ruffle.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 truth, beauty, hope 12 mai 2011
Par K. Labidi - Publié sur Amazon.com
I got this initially as an audiobook and am now buying it as a "real book" because I want to be able to pick it up, thumb through it, look at photos and have it in my hands & my home. "Until Tuesday" is a beautifully written (and wonderfully read by the author - it's been a pleasure to listen to) account of a soldier's experience during his deployment in, and the aftermath of, the war in Iraq. Montalvan neither indulges in nor shies away from the irresponsibility of those who engineered this war. He is smart, dedicated & patriotic and tells it like it is; I wish every American would read this. In addition to being well-written and politically astute, it's filled with truth, beauty and hope. It's definitely my favorite book of 2011 - really, my favorite book in recent memory. I like it so much that I'm delaying finishing it - I really don't want it to end, don't want to lose Tuesday & Luis as my companions...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Until Tuesday is a true treasure 1 juillet 2012
Par Joanne and Winter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Thank you Mr. Montalvan and to all those who have and continue to serve our country! I recently lost my husband, a decorated Viet Nam veteran to the completely unexpected act of suicide. He suffered from depression and PTSD. I arrived home from work on December 22, 2011 to discover him, causing me to completely collapse. I am now being treated for extreme anxiety and PTSD. This was never a journey I ever imagined I would be taking. Through all of this, a friend of mine mentioned to me that I should read the book Until Tuesday, he said although you do not have a military background I see the similarities in your journeys and struggles.
You see I have an emotional support service dog, Winter. Winter was a Christmas gift to me from my beloved husband, George. I had always wanted a puppy under the Christmas tree and he gave that to me six years ago. On that December night upon my arrival home as I said I collapsed and from that moment to the present Winter has not left my side. She nudges me if I am getting anxious, most times before I realize it my self, she will take my finger or the sleeve of my shirt and guide me away from the situation or she will go away from me and continue to bark until I go to her. She will also wake me from the nightmares I continue to have. Winter has made it possible for me at the present time, and is the only reason I am able to function at all. My friend recognized this and supported me however he said upon reading Until Tuesday, it made him understand just what Winter does for me. Until Tuesday is an honest look at the life struggles that Mr. Montalvan has endured and how he has continued on his journey of healing. I believe this book to be for anyone and everyone that is either struggling with any kind of trauma or has had any questions of what a service dog can do for us, the wounded. I found Until Tuesday to be a book that I have with many pages folded over and many paragraphs highlighted. There is a paragraph I carry with me everyday that keeps me believing there is hope...The end of that paragraph reads "YOU'RE A CHANGED PERSON AFTER COMBAT. NOT BETTER OR WORSE, JUST DIFFERENT. SEEKING OR WISHING FOR THE OLD YOU IS THE WORST THING YOU CAN DO" Of course the definition of combat, to me has many different meanings.Thank you Mr. Montalvan for your service and the bravery to tell such and honest story. God Bless you and Tuesday.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Becky 25 juin 2013
Par Becky - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I read "Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retreiver Who Saved Him". I had no idea the impact of PTSD was completely until I read this book. My son served in Iraq for 1 year back in 2003 and suffers from latent PTSD. We have not spoken for 7 long years. However, Luis explains PTSD in a way that the Military and no one else has been able to do, as yet. I can only hope and pray that my son gain a friend such as "Tuesday" to get him through this whether we resolve our estrangement or not. I've spoken to Luis via email and he suggested I send him a copy of his book and I may do so. "Tuesday" warms the heart and soul of the most hardened of Soldiers and Marines for what they saw during these wars. I can not speak more highly of this book. For me, it is horses that get me through my day and my issues without my son in my life for now. For Luis and many other Veterans it is the love of a service dog trained for to face the issues of War and it's wounds, both to the soul, brain and physically. I recommend this book to anyone who knows of someone who has served in any War, especially the in Iraq and Afghanistan. PTSD hides deep in the minds of Soldiers and Marines and sometimes does not show it's effects for many years later. Some don't know of service dog, such as "Tuesday" and their wonderful therapy that they can provide. And sadly, now we all know someone who has been to war and suffered what Luis did. I recommend this book for everyone to read whether you know a Veteran or not. "Tuesday" and Luis both helped me get through one of the worst time of my life; completely un-expected but now understood. Thank you, Luis and Tuesday; you've mended the wounds of a Military Mom and I will never forget you for it.
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