• Sacrifice

  • A Gold Star Widow's Fight for the Truth
  • By: Michelle Black
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (92 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The shocking and affecting memoir from a gold-star widow searching for the truth behind her Green Beret husband's death, this book bears witness to the true sacrifices made by military families.

When Green Beret Bryan Black was killed in an ambush in Niger in 2017, his wife, Michelle, saw her worst nightmare become a reality. She was left alone with her grief and with two young sons to raise. But what followed Bryan's death was an even more difficult journey for the young widow. After receiving very few details about the attack that took her husband's life, it was up to Michelle to find answers. It became her mission to learn the truth about that day in Niger - and Sacrifice is the result of that mission. 

In this heartbreaking and revelatory memoir, Michelle uses exclusive interviews with the survivors of her husband's unit, research into the military leadership and accountability, and her own unique vantage point as a gold-star widow to tell a previously unknown story. Sacrifice is both an honest, emotional look inside a military marriage and a searing investigation of the people and decisions at the heart of the US military.

©2021 Michelle Black (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“A heartbreaking minute-by minute-composite of miscommunication, deception, bravery, and heroism.... A compelling, heartrending story of ultimate sacrifice.” (Booklist, starred review)  

“Black’s story is important for what it reveals about corruption at the highest levels of the military and how that corruption can result in the needless sacrifice of soldiers’ lives.... [A] courageous and heartfelt military memoir from the perspective of a soldier’s family.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Black’s narrative hauntingly encapsulates her grief.... Her book’s detailed research, based on new reporting and military memos, is one of the most complete accounts of the events of that fateful day.... Black’s recollections on grief are especially poignant.” (Library Journal)

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A story of honor, heroism and courage

An amazing story that can bring you to tears and a few short chapters later make you angry. Then it repeats the process again! Well, well written and the audible was great!

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Amazing and heartfelt

Michelle Black does an unbelievable job honoring her husband and his teammates, while exposing the military for protecting senior leaders.

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Emotionally powerful story

Michelle’s story is written in a way that a non military person can grasp. I expect this to be a blockbuster movie next. This book is riveting from their sweet romance the devastating knock on the door to the combat scene that is gut wrenching. Highly recommend

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An American Family's Sacrifice

But the tiniest fraction of American men shoulder the burden of serving our nation's interests in uniform. And few know soldiering is a family affair. When Bryan's life was sacrificed, his entire family laid his life down. May we never forget the price paid.

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Fantastic and emotional read

I remember seeing something about this book when it first came out, but didn’t think much of it, heard the author’s interview on a podcast and picked downloaded it the same day. I did not realize the complexity of this situation in regards to the military’s attempts to pass the blame. I never believed the “rogue team” line circulating for a while for reasons stated in the book, and that’s without my personally knowing any of the individuals. This story is heart wrenching, it is sad, it makes you hold your spouse and kids a little longer each time you leave them. I am truly saddened for the loss of these 4 warriors, and the pain their families have had to endure for America. We as a Nation owe it to these fallen four, and the countless fallen from our inception to be better. We must learn from their sacrifice, or we will be doomed to repeat it in the future.

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Wow.

There are no words to describe how incredible this book was so I won’t even try.
Read it.

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Incredible courage

This woman has incredible courage. The first third of the book is truly heart wrenching. If you aren’t moved to tears you aren’t alive. The last two thirds infuriating. The authors research is very detailed and well explained.

The narrator was excellent. Glad I bought this book.

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thank you

what a story, thank you for your sacrifice and service. the world needs more of you. thoughts and prayers.

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Thank you for telling your story.

Thank you for exposing what has occurred. I have had the pleasure of meeting Jeremiah's father. The team and their families deserve so much more than what has been given.

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Loved this

Such a heartbreaking story! Michelle Black’s never quit attitude to get to the true story of what her husband and his team had to endure is heart wrenching and inspiring.