Grateful American - Gary Sinise

Grateful American

By Gary Sinise

  • Release Date: 2019-02-12
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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New York Times Bestseller: The moving, entertaining, never-before-told story of how one man found his calling: to see that those who defend this country and its freedoms are never forgotten.

"The book is called Grateful American, and I promise you after you read it you will be grateful for what Gary has accomplished and contributed to our country." -- Clint Eastwood

As a kid in suburban Chicago, Gary Sinise was more interested in sports and rock 'n' roll than reading or schoolwork. But when he impulsively auditioned for a school production of West Side Story, he found his purpose--or so it seemed. 

Within a few years Gary and a handful of friends created what became one of the most exciting and important new theater companies in America. From its humble beginnings in a suburban Chicago church basement and eventual move into the city, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company launched a series of groundbreaking productions, igniting Gary's career along with those of John Malkovich, Joan Allen, Gary Cole, Laurie Metcalf, Jeff Perry, John Mahoney, and others. Television and film came calling soon after, and Gary starred in Of Mice and Men (which he also directed) and The Stand before taking the role that would change his life in unforeseeable ways: Lieutenant Dan in the Academy Award–winning Forrest Gump.

The military community's embrace of the character of the disabled veteran was matched only by the depth of Gary's realization that America's defenders had not received all the honor, respect, and gratitude their sacrifices deserve. In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, this became Gary's mission. While starring in hits like Apollo 13, Ransom, Truman, George Wallace, CSI:NY, and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Gary has worked tirelessly on behalf of those who serve this country, entertaining more than a half million troops around the world playing bass guitar with his Lt. Dan Band, raising funds on behalf of veterans, and eventually founding the Gary Sinise Foundation with a mission to serve and honor America's defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.

Grateful American is the moving, entertaining, profoundly gripping story of how one man found his calling: to see that those who defend this country and its freedoms are never forgotten.


  • Grateful American

    By Fishface1453
    I just finished reading this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Gary Sinise is an actor that I have always enjoyed watching on tv and in movies plus I have always admired his work with the military. As a former military wife this hits close to home. I enjoyed reading about all the things that he does with his foundation! Pick this book up for a interesting, patriotic read.
  • True American

    By TRSargent
    We should all strive to be more like Gary, what a blessing to our troops.
  • I Am Humbled Beyond Words

    By PinkySouth
    What a wonderful book with so much depth of purpose. We are so lucky to have the freedom in our country. God bless our troops and God bless AMERICA!!
  • A class act

    By Retired 911
    What insight and honesty. Thank you Mr. Sinise for sharing your life and the lives of your family to so many.
  • Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service

    By Ali Reed
    This is a raw, honest tale of Gary Sinise’s life so far. From his days as a, somewhat, rebellious teen to his journey to build his acting career to evolving into, arguably, one of our finest Americans, this biography will sustain your interest throughout. Mr. Sinise is not afraid to be candid about the poor choices he made as a teen, the effects of alcoholism on his family, his faith journey and other personal struggles. The overriding theme is gratitude as the title indicates. Mr. Sinise calls us to recognize and honor our military and first responder heroes as he has dedicated his life to this noble cause. A MUST READ FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!