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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Shoshana Johnson is still standing (book)

Shoshana Johnson is finally getting her story released. Her book, “I’m still standing” is to be released soon.

Shoshana Johnson was in the same convoy with Jessica Lynch who had been captured by the Iraqis during the 2003 invasion.

Johnson suffered two gunshot wounds to her legs and beaten.

Despite a war, it is good to remember that there are still nice people in the world, even in places like Iraq. Johnson said that a doctor did surgery, which saved her legs, hence, the title of her book, “I’m still standing.” One doctor had even whispered in Johnson’s ear to let her know that another woman was still alive, probably referring to Jessica Lynch.

I’m certainly going to get this book and read it. Stories like this inspire me.

More Comments:

Jessica Lynch received a lot more attention during 2003. Jessica was only 19-years-old at the time. Johnson was 30. I’m not certain why Johnson’s story didn’t get the same attention because Johnson. I wonder if it had anything to do with hometowns.

Lynch was from West Virginia. She tells about coming home to West Virginia. People from the town kept coming up to talk to her. I believe Jessica’s story may have started there, but I’m not certain. I think it could have been like “The Tipping Point” as discussed by Malcom Gladwell.

The tipping point according to Wikipedia 2010 is: the levels at which the momentum for change becomes unstoppable. Gladwell says it is when "messages spread like viruses." Still not certain why Johnson’s story didn’t get the same media attention. Can’t wait to read her book.


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