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Standing Tall - The Taliban Nearly Killed Me....But They Couldn't Take Away My Fighting Spirit. The Inspirational Story of a True British Hero
 
 

Standing Tall - The Taliban Nearly Killed Me....But They Couldn't Take Away My Fighting Spirit. The Inspirational Story of a True British Hero [Kindle Edition]

Andy Reid , The Hairy Bikers , Jason Manford , Major General Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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'We both agree that this is one of the most honest, heartwarming and inspirational books we have ever read. It is the story of an extraordinary human being, Andy Reid' --The Hairy Bikers - Si King and Dave Myers

'Bloody minded courage, awesome love and a story that will move you to tears' --The Daily Mail

'Hero soldier' --The Sun

'Bloody minded courage, awesome love and a story that will move you to tears' --The Daily Mail

'Hero soldier' --The Sun

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WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU’VE HAD BOTH LEGS AND AN ARM BLOWN OFF BY A TALIBAN IED? IF YOU’RE ANDY REID, YOU GET ON WITH IT…

In October 2009, Corporal Andy Reid was blown up by a Taliban improvised explosive device while on patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Injured so badly that it was thought he would not survive, he defied the odds to the extent that, within a month, he was able to meet up with the members of his patrol again. What he has achieved since then is little short of unbelievable.

Standing Tall tells two stories. One is of Corporal Andy Reid, an infantry-section commander with Burma Company, 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. The other tells of Andy Reid, triple-amputee skydiver, cyclist, charity fundraiser, husband and father. Together, they tell a tale of astounding courage; not just the courage to face the enemy under fire, day after day, in often appalling conditions, but also what Napoleon called ‘three-o’clock-in-the-morning courage’, the ability to respond to disaster and to overcome the inner demons that accompany it. Above all, this is the incredible story of a truly inspirational man.

’BLOODY MINDED COURAGE, AWESOME LOVE AND A STORY THAT WILL MOVE YOU TO TEARS’ – Daily Mail

’HERO SOLDIER’ – The Sun


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2202 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake; 1 edition (6 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HBU223U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,062 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Standing tall by Andy Reid 30 Jan 2013
By Mark
Format:Hardcover
Andy's book is written how it should be. He tells tales of his Army career as if he was sat in a pub talking to a bunch of his Army mates. After 23 years of my Army career i feel i have had it easy compared to this amazing fella. Only downside, pictures of him in his St Helens Rugby League Shirt!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 31 Jan 2013
Format:Hardcover
It's hard to put into words but a truly amazing story, I never knew I could laugh and cry at the same time! There are no words to describe how I feel after reading this book, truly inspirational
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 28 Jan 2013
By Oliver
Format:Hardcover
A fantastic account of a young man injured in the war and how he overcame his devastasting injuries. Easy to read, interesting and inspirational.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 3 Feb 2013
By Kazkgb
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
An absolute must read of the true horrors and happiness faced by one soldier who faced a situation that would have made anyone wish to end it all! He shows how the support and importance of family, loved ones and friends can bring you to terms with what you have to face, his hard work and determination shines through to the the end. A true hero and example to us all
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like chatting to a mate! 4 Mar 2013
Format:Hardcover
Corporal William Andrew Reid has taken the time to detail the "How to" guide for those who want to do well in life. He shows through his words the power of positive actions and beliefs. This book should easily be a must read for individual wanting to acheive their goals. At times, it is a brutal reflection on the reality of how life is for those who are dedicated to serving Queen and Country. It is a reminder that the images of row after row of men in uniform marching in parades is not how a number of soldiers return home these days. Andy writes just like he lives, full on!! This book is one of the best buys I have made and I know that you will enjoy it. I callenge you not to be inspired by it, to learn from it, and to be grateful you read it. It is that kind of book. Well Done Andy, well done! Now, if you don't mind I am off to start reading the book again. Hope you enjoy your copy!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational! 11 Feb 2013
By sazjay
Format:Hardcover
I never once felt sorry for Andy in this honest and witty account of his journey and life changing injuries. He writes in a matter of fact way that is both moving and funny but doesn't request sympathy from the reader. Who would fail to be inspired by his attitude and positivity for life and the future? It was interesting to read chapters from the point of view of his wife and cousin too. At no point is anything dressed up or sugar coated nor is it indulgent. It made me laugh, it made me cry and it made me want to read it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Standing Tall and standing proud 4 Feb 2013
By Robin B
Format:Hardcover
I read this from cover to cover and couldn't put it down. I know Andy from the huge amount of work that he and his wife do for ABF The Soldiers Charity, helping other soldiers and their families in need, so know his sense of humour and his modest manner. It is a wonderful book, taking us on the path through Andy's life, telling it how it is in the vernacular and not casting any blame or recriminations. He is determined to go forward not backwards and imparts his real enthusiasm for life, for his wife and family, for his Regiment and the Army in an open and highly readable way. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was very moved by it. What will be the next chapter in the life and times of this inspirational man?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT 8 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After reading Standing Tall I was both in awe of Andy's bravery and determination to get back to "normal". He is a typical soldier who has been in combat and came back life intact, he is totally selfless. His story should be read by everyone, and he will be an amazing motivational speaker. Stories like this make me feel so humble and so very selfish, my job is safe, my life is safe and it's all because of our armed forces. When I read the parts written by his wife and his cousin, I sobbed all through, so emotional. Andy Reid is a true hero and an aspiration to all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational guy who is also very funny!
Amazing book by a fantastic and inspirational man - it's a must to read. He is absolutely honest - and very funny!
Published 9 days ago by Marilyn Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read/Reid.
I am looking forward to reading this again. This story is frightening, gritty, hopeful and funny. It makes you realise how precious life is, the dangers our troops face every day... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Alison Kirk
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational read
I bought this book for personal reasons and to be quite honest, thought I would never be able to read it really. How wrong could I be, I actually could not put it down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by brian whitaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read
From 1 outcome to another this man is an inspiration and an excellent example of a truly brave soldier. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gavin Casey
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
I got invited to a friends party/fund raiser and got told that Andy was going to be there and giving a speech on his charity that the money was being raised. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andi
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
Made me cry and laugh can highly recommend it could not put it down always a bit further great read
Published 2 months ago by A. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars So inspirational
Such an inspirational man so funny in places heart wrenching in others everybody should read this book makes me proud to be from St Helens and British , good luck in the future... Read more
Published 3 months ago by K3rry
5.0 out of 5 stars book
very moving book well written . insight of pain suffering having to cope , will determination , sadness . laughter fun ... Read more
Published 3 months ago by saldel
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave and Inspirational.
A fantastic look into the life of a trained soldier who was injured in Afghanistan and the way he overcame it to get on with his life
Published 3 months ago by Russ Young
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read - a truly inspirational man and his journey
I bought this book after hearing Andy speak at an event last year. I thoroughly enjoyed the book; I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 4 months ago by AlexB
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