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Jeff Bauman, Boston Marathon bombing survivor, gets book deal

By Kevin Conlon, CNN
updated 7:08 AM EDT, Thu September 5, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Jeff Bauman lost both his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing in April
  • Bauman, 27, who helped identify one of the suspects, will write a book
  • The book called "Stronger" will be published near the anniversary

(CNN) -- Jeff Bauman may very well personify "Boston Strong," the rallying cry of the wounded but tenacious city where his life almost ended on April 15 at the Boston Marathon.

The image of the maimed Bauman being led to safety by a man in a cowboy hat became one of the iconic images of the Boston Marathon terrorist attack that killed three and injured more than 260 people.

Bauman, 27, announced Wednesday that he will publish a memoir about his experiences at and since the marathon.

It's title? "Stronger."

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"The past months have often been difficult, but the support I've received from around the world, and especially from the people of Boston, has inspired me to set and achieve high goals," he said in a statement released by Grand Central Publishing.

When Bauman woke up the next day after two life-saving surgeries with no legs, he mustered the strength to describe bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev to law enforcement.

Tsarnaev's younger brother, Dzhokhar, has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges, including murder, related the bombings. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed when his brother ran over him as police were trying to handcuff him in a chase a few days later, authorities said.

The book, which will be co-written by author Bret Witter, will be released to coincide with the first anniversary of the bombings.

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