Jessica Lynch: Book Excerpt: Wrong Turn In The Desert

Everyone died in her humvee except Jessica. Then came a second survival test: nine days in Iraqi custody, where she almost lost a leg but never lost courage

On most nights of the year, this stretch of country road is only a flat place in the dark. But for a few nights in late summer 2003, it blazed in neon, smelled like smoked sausage, spun sugar and blue-ribbon hogs and rang with screams of people who had bought a ticket to be scared. They rode the Tilt-A-Whirl, browsed tents of prizewinning fruit preserves and lined up for the cute-baby contest, and if there is such a thing as a time machine on earth, it must be powered by the Ferris wheel at the Wirt County Fair in West Virginia....

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