Grateful American: A Journey From Self To Service, by Gary Sinise, Hardcover

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  • Author: Gary Sinise
  • With: Marcus Brotherton

SKU: 3729365

"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 Eastwood
 
As a kid growing up in suburban Chicago, Gary Sinise was more interested in sports and rock music than reading or schoolwork. When he impulsively decided to audition for a school production of West Side Story, he found his purposse, or so it seemed.
 
After a few years Gary joined with a few of his close friends to launch what became one of the most exciting and important new theater companies in America. Beginning in a suburban Chicago church basement, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company eventually moved into the city and launched a series of groundbreaking productions that gave rise to Gary's career along with John Malkovich, Joan Allen, Gary Cole, Laurie Metcalf, Jerry Perry, John Mahoney, and more. Television and film roles opened up soon after, and Goary starred in Of Mice and Men (which he also directed) and The Stand before taking the role of Lieutenant Dan in the Academy Award-winning Forrest Gump, a role that would change his life in unforeseeable ways.
 
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.