Author: Richard Jadick
Details: A riveting memoir from the Navy doctor praised as "Hero, M.D." on the cover of Newsweek.
Cdr. Richard Jadick's story is one of the most extraordinary to come out of the war in Iraq. At thirty-eight, the last place the Navy doctor was expected to be was on the front lines. He was too old to be called up, but not too old to volunteer. In November 2004, with the military reeling from an acute doctor shortage, Jadick chose to accompany the First Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment (the "1/8") to Iraq. During the Battle of Fallujah, Jadick and his team worked tirelessly and courageously around the clock to save their troops in the worst street fighting Americans had faced since Vietnam. It is estimated that without Jadick at the front, the Marines would have lost an additional thirty men. Of the hundreds of men he treated, only one died after reaching a hospital. This is the inspiring story of his decision to enter into the fray, a fascinating glimpse into wartime triage, and a compelling account of courage under fire.
Richard H. Jadick, D.O. is an American Naval surgeon who was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V device for heroic valor in January 2006. He was credited with saving the lives of 30 Marines and sailors during the Second Battle of Fallujah. Jadick was a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, assigned as a battalion surgeon to the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment of the 2nd Marine Division from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Jadick is considered the Iraq war's most decorated doctor.
Thomas Hayden is a lecturer in the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University, where he teaches science and environmental writing, journalism and communication. Hayden trained as a biological oceanographer before joining Newsweek as a staffer in 1997. He was subsequently a senior writer at US News & World Report for five years, and has worked as a freelance journalist and nonfiction author since 2005. His articles and photographs have been published in more than two dozen outlets, and his cover stories have been featured in magazines including National Geographic, Wired and Smithsonian.
Hayden is the co-author of two popular books, the critically acclaimed Sex and War, and the national bestseller On Call in Hell, and was lead writer for the 2010 9th edition of the National Geographic Atlas of the World.