A true story of an Oklahoma boy who joined the Marines and was injured in Vietnam He was one of the first above the knee, double amputees of the war His story recounts the hope, faith, gratitude and humor that have defined him throughout his life BIO000000 OCC019000...
|Publisher||:||River Road Press 1st edition April 15, 2006|
|Number of Pages||:||112 pages|
|File Size||:||775 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Lucky Enough Reviews
The book stirred so many emotions in me that I had to take time to digest my feelings. The main emotion that I kept feeling was Love. Love of family. Love of Country. Love of competition. Love of his Brothers-in-Arms. But most of all Love for his wife. That kind of Love is rarely found in print. I applaud Ed for his courage to write this book and to put in print his feelings and his emotions. I applaud him even more for all the things he has done in his life and for him sharing a piece of himself with so many others. This book is a must read, especially for Veterans of all ages.
It was great book that my father served with Eddie in same company. I grew up to understand what Military lifestyle that my father didn't want to share. One day my father lean me this book and I read and now I understand why it is hard for my father to share. Thank you Eddie for great book. God bless you
He shows success against all odds.
Sometimes you follow someone's life in the media and you wonder if this guy is all what he seems to be. For those many veterans and handicapped people out there who have been helped because of the personal efforts of Eddie R. Beesley, then reading his short memoir will make you a believer, once again, in heroes. His book "Lucky Enough" is about a doing something positive regardless of what life deals you.
Most people think about sharecropping and poverty in historical terms. When I read Eddie Beesley's account of his childhood, as the 18th of 21 children, the first images that popped into my mind were James Agee's and Walker Evans' book 'Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.' Mr. Beesley's story is different. First of all, with the exception of the photo of his wife Connie, the photographs are not as good. To be fair to Mr. Beesley, Walker Evans was one of the most famous photographers of the past century, while Eddie Beesley is just a lucky enough Marine. Second, Agee and Evans tell a story of families living in historic poverty, but the story Mr. Beesley tells is his own, and while it begins in adversity it ends, considering all the circumstances, in personal triumph. And third, Mr. Beesley's book is better written. It's direct, open, gripping, and funny.
When young Marine Eddie R. Beesley got his legs blown off in Vietnam, he was not even twenty years old. Fresh off a farm in Oklahoma and the eighteenth of twenty-one children, Eddie was a handsome young man who had his whole life ahead of him. Eddie's well written account takes you far from the hell of the battle when his life changed forever, to the day in 1995 when he rolled up in his wheelchair to the Wall in D.C. and forced himself to come face to face with the young man he left behind in Vietnam. That young man was himself.