In an Instant by Lee Woodruff
A Family's Journey of Love and Healing

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In one of the most anticipated books of the year, Lee Woodruff, along with her husband, Bob Woodruff, share their never-before-told story of romance, resilience, and survival following the tragedy that transformed their lives and gripped a nation.

In January 2006, the Woodruffs seemed to have it all–a happy marriage and four beautiful children. Lee was a public relations executive and Bob had just been named co-anchor of ABC’s World News Tonight. Then, while Bob was embedded with the military in Iraq, an improvised explosive device went off near the tank he was riding in. He and his cameraman, Doug Vogt, were hit, and Bob suffered a traumatic brain injury that nearly killed him.

In an Instant is the frank and compelling account of how Bob and Lee’s lives came together, were blown apart, and then were miraculously put together again–and how they persevered, with grit but also with humor, through intense trauma and fear. Here are Lee’s heartfelt memories of their courtship, their travels as Bob left a law practice behind and pursued his news career and Lee her freelance business, the glorious births of her children and the challenges of motherhood.

Bob in turn recalls the moment he caught the journalism “bug” while covering Tiananmen Square for CBS News, his love of overseas assignments and his guilt about long separations from his family, and his pride at attaining the brass ring of television news–being chosen to fill the seat of the late Peter Jennings.

And, for the first time, the Woodruffs reveal the agonizing details of Bob’s terrible injuries and his remarkable recovery. We learn that Bob’s return home was not an end to the journey but the first step into a future they have learned not to fear but to be grateful for.

In an Instant is much more than the dual memoir of love and courage. It is an important, wise, and inspiring guide to coping with tragedy–and an extraordinary drama of marriage, family, war, and nation.

A percentage of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the Bob Woodruff Family Fund for Traumatic Brain Injury.

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About Lee Woodruff

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Lee Woodruff is the coauthor, with her husband, Bob Woodruff, of the number one New York Times bestseller In an Instant, and the author of the essay collection Perfectly Imperfect. She is a contributing editor to CBS This Morning and has written numerous articles on family and parenting for Parade, Ladies' Home Journal, Redbook, Country Living, and Family Fun. She and Bob founded the Bob Woodruff Foundation to assist wounded service members and their families. Woodruff has four children and lives in Westchester County, New York.
Published May 1, 2007 by Random House. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment, War, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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There's a reason Lee Woodruff's name comes first in this collaboration. While this celebrity memoir revolves around the war injuries suffered by ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, it's really his wife's

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The New York Times

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Bob Woodruff and Martha Raddatz, both of ABC News, have stories to tell about devastating carnage in Iraq.

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BC Books

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My schedule doesn't allow me to watch the evening news shows much anymore, but I'm o...

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Book Reporter

Lee and Bob Woodruff were a poster couple for success.

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Suite 101

Woodruff and his family have become advocates for service members with TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by establishing the Bob Woodruff Family Fund for Traumatic Brain Injury.

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Teen Reads

IN AN INSTANT is written in tandem by Bob and Lee.

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Bob abd Lee Woodruff give us a living, terrifying, and ultimately inspirational tale of the perils of war, the demands of networks journalism, and the strength of a great marriage.

Jul 08 2009 | Read Full Review of In an Instant: A Family's Jou...

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