Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author Michael Shaara’s first novel, The Broken Place, is the triumphant story of Tom McClain—Korean War hero, wounded veteran, professional boxer, college student, and sufferer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Upon McClain's return to the U.S., he heads to his college campus in Vermont, to try to pick up the pieces of the life he'd left behind before he went into the army. But while he's glad to reunite with his old friend, fellow med-student, drinking companion and raconteur Charlie Ravenal, he's not sure he wants to stay in school. He's restless, and not even a date with blonde, petite Lise Hoffman—the prettiest girl on the campus who is infatuated with him—can shake him out of his funk. A trip to the Holy Land with his army buddy Tony Wilson ends in disaster in Afghanistan. McClain comes to the realization that he's a fighter...it's all he knows how to do. So he decides to do the only thing he's comfortable with, and climbs back into the ring. It's there that McClain at last feels at home. And his boxing career is on the rise—until the night he kills a man in the ring, a man he didn't know, a man he had no beef with. McClain will fight no more, but it will take the love of a good woman and his best friend to save him...from himself.
With a brand new introduction by the author's son, New York Times bestselling author Jeff Shaara.