New York Times Bestseller: The moving, entertaining, never-before-told story of how one man found his calling: to see that those who defend this country and its freedoms are never forgotten.
"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 in suburban Chicago, Gary Sinise was more interested in sports and rock 'n' roll than reading or schoolwork. But when he impulsively auditioned for a school production of West Side Story, he found his purpose--or so it seemed.
Within a few years Gary and a handful of friends created what became one of the most exciting and important new theater companies in America. From its humble beginnings in a suburban Chicago church basement and eventual move into the city, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company launched a series of groundbreaking productions, igniting Gary's career along with those of John Malkovich, Joan Allen, Gary Cole, Laurie Metcalf, Jeff Perry, John Mahoney, and others. Television and film came calling soon after, and Gary starred in Of Mice and Men (which he also directed) and The Stand before taking the role that would change his life in unforeseeable ways: Lieutenant Dan in the Academy Award–winning Forrest Gump.
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.
Very interesting read
Loved listening to this man’s journey. What an extraordinary look into his life and passion. A true American servant and a real Gentleman. I salute you sir.
Further proof of what a wonderful man he is! ❤️
I typically don’t write reviews, in fact I think this may be my first....
From the beginning, to the end, I was transfixed. I laughed, I cried, I smiled....
Only Gary himself could narrate such a beautiful memoir. I already purchased the hardback the day it came into my local Barnes & Noble, but as soon as I read he would narrate the audiobook, I was so happy. He begins with a lovely retelling of the award he was given, by the DAV, for his portrayal of Lt. Dan, then he starts from his roots in Italy—Great Grandparents, parents, he and his siblings, his childhood, (which is both serious, happy, and hilarious at points) school years, Steppenwolf, his beautiful wife Moira, their three children, the ups and downs of their relationship, even before they married, and the formation of The Gary Sinise Foundation....with everything in between....
The ending was heartwarming, touching, and solidified what a wonderful, blessed, man he is! I recommend this without any hesitation. I am a person to reads/listens to books repeatedly, and this comforting, beautiful masterpiece will be my go to, when the world gets dark. God Bless you Gary Sinise for who you are, and ALL that you for our beloved veterans. Thank you for sharing your story! ❤️
Pick up or download this today—you won’t regret it! ❤️
Everyone should be required to read this. As we all should be striving to more selflessly serve. What a great guy.