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.
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Award-winning actor Gary Sinise shares his remarkable journey and his quest to give back to America’s men and women in uniform. A self-described screwup in high school, Sinise found direction and purpose through acting, founding the celebrated Steppenwolf Theatre Company and going on to act in movies like Forrest Gump and Apollo 13. But Sinise eventually discovered another calling through his faith as an advocate for America’s military and first responders. Sinise’s strong, straightforward style reveals his deep-seated values and self-deprecating humor, making Grateful American both entertaining and inspiring. The book reminds us how much of a difference one person can make.
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I just finished reading this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Gary Sinise is an actor that I have always enjoyed watching on tv and in movies plus I have always admired his work with the military. As a former military wife this hits close to home.
I enjoyed reading about all the things that he does with his foundation!
Pick this book up for a interesting, patriotic read.
We should all strive to be more like Gary, what a blessing to our troops.
I Am Humbled Beyond Words
What a wonderful book with so much depth of purpose. We are so lucky to have the freedom in our country. God bless our troops and God bless AMERICA!!