Signature Wound

Signature Wound

Rocking TBI

Book - 2010
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Signature Wound: Rocking TBI is Pulitzer Prize-winner Garry Trudeauâe(tm)s third collection of Doonesbury comics examining the effects of combat on soldiers in Iraq.

Signature Wound: Rocking TBI completes a trilogy of Doonesbury books that examines the impact of combat on American soldiers in Iraq.

A twist of fate brings B. D. to the bedside of SFC Leo Deluca (a.k.a. Toggle), a young HUMV driver and headbanger whose love of ear-bleed battle music had sonically distracted him enough to get his vehicle blown up. Missing an eye and suffering from aphasia, Toggle fights to recover from traumatic brain injury (TBI), a journey of recovery that brings out the best in B. D., his former commander. Toggle's tattooed, metalhead mom initially has reservations about his improbable Facebook romance with an MIT tech-head named Alex, but love blooms. As this engaging story unfolds, Toggle finds himself drawn toward a career in the recording industry, undaunted by the limitations of the New Normal that now defines his life.

Crafted with the same kind of insight, humor, and respect that prompted the Pentagon and the VA to host signings of the two previous books in the trilogy, Signature Wound is a perceptive and timely look at the contemporary soldier's experience.
Publisher: Kansas, Mo. : Andrews McMeel, 2010.
ISBN: 9780740791963
Branch Call Number: 741.5973 TRUDEAU
Characteristics: 115 p. : chiefly ill. ; 21 cm.


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michelangelo49 Apr 24, 2013

I thought Signature Wound was a serious political screed when I first saw it mentioned in the NYT Book Review interview of historian Gary Wills. He said it was the one book he wished Barak Obama would read. When it arrived from Inter-library Loan I was surprised to discover that it's actually an excerpt from Doonesbury in the form of a graphic novel. The warm endorsement on the cover from Gen. Peter Pace, USMC, Ret. (the 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs) surprised me again. But the real shock came as I read the story itself. I couldn't decide whether to laugh or cry. Over the years that I've lost touch, Gary Trudeau has gotten better than I ever thought possible.

Jul 10, 2010

trudeau thinks hes so clever and witty. hes a shmuck.


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michelangelo49 Apr 24, 2013


Trudeau offers the unairbrushed truth of a painful and unpredictable path to recovery, and reveals the broader perspective of (Traumatic Brain Injury's) impact on families and friends ... Countless Toggles and B.D.'s will recognize themselves sketched in these frames, and perhaps will breathe a little easier, comforted by the realization that they are not alone."

--Gen. Peter Pace,USMC (Ret.),
Sixteenth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs


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