Shadow of the Sword: A Marine's Journey of War, Heroism, and Redemption
Jeremiah Workman with John Bruning. New York, NY: Presidio Press, 2009. 272 pp. Prologue. Epilogue. $26.
Reviewed by Captain Wesley R. Gray, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
In Shadow of the Sword: A Marine's Journey of War, Heroism, and Redemption, Staff Sergeant Workman and co-author John Bruning masterfully tell the gut-wrenching story of Workman's struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how it can debilitate even the strongest Marine. The tale is inspiring, tragic, and perplexing all at once.
Workman is a Marine's Marine: athletic, handsome, high-school football star, hometown hero, loyal to the last drop, and willing to die for his country. He proves himself during the Second Battle of Fallujah in November 2004, which earned him the Navy Cross, the nation's second highest award for bravery. And yet even this exemplary Marine falls prey to the hidden, devastating wound that is PTSD.