one of the most anticipated books of the year, Lee Woodruff,
her husband, Bob Woodruff, share their never-before-told
romance, resilience, and survival following the tragedy that
transformed their lives and gripped a nation.
January 2006, the Woodruffs seemed to have it all–a happy
four beautiful children. Lee was a public relations
executive and Bob
had just been named co-anchor of ABC’s World News
Then, while Bob was embedded with the military in Iraq, an
explosive device went off near the tank he was riding in. He
cameraman, Doug Vogt, were hit, and Bob suffered a traumatic
injury that nearly killed him.
In an Instant
is the frank
and compelling account of how Bob and Lee’s lives came
blown apart, and then were miraculously put together
again–and how they
persevered, with grit but also with humor, through intense
fear. Here are Lee’s heartfelt memories of their courtship,
travels as Bob left a law practice behind and pursued his
and Lee her freelance business, the glorious births of her
the challenges of motherhood.
Bob in turn recalls the
caught the journalism “bug” while covering Tiananmen Square
News, his love of overseas assignments and his guilt about long
separations from his family, and his pride at attaining the
of television news–being chosen to fill the seat of the late
And, for the first time, the Woodruffs
agonizing details of Bob’s terrible injuries and his remarkable
recovery. We learn that Bob’s return home was not an end to
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
guide to coping with tragedy–and an extraordinary drama of
family, war, and nation.