Health & Science

In his book, The Road Back, Pulitzer Prize-winning Inquirer staff writer Michael Vitez chronicles the miraculous and inspiring story of Matt Miller and his recovery from a near-fatal bicycling accident while training for a triathlon in Virginia. The Road Back is not only about a young man’s drive to reclaim his life, but about the people who rode with him, rescued him, helped him heal, and saw up close his amazing comeback. Below are excerpts from the book, which was released in June 2012, along with a gallery of photos and the articles from the original series.


In this fourth excerpt from “The Road Back”: Matt Miller's doctors begin to assess the severity of his injuries, particularly to his brain and face.

In this third excerpt from “The Road Back,” Matt Miller's family - while on the way to the airport - learns that he has been in a life-threatening bicycling accident.

In this second excerpt from “The Road Back,” a look at Matt Miller's life before the accident that changed everything for the aspiring triathlete from Philadelphia.

The Author

For 27 years, Michael T. Vitez has been a staff writer at the Philadelphia Inquirer. In 1997, he won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism. He is the author of Rocky Stories: Tales of Love, Hope and Happiness at America's Most Famous Steps (2006). A graduate of the University of Virginia, he is married to Maureen Fitzgerald, food editor at the Inquirer. They have three children.

The Book

For more information on The Road Back, visit You can order the book (print and Kindle version) directly from Amazon or the Nook version directly from Barnes and Noble. The print version is not available in chain book stores, and must be ordered on line.


Book Signings

 Some places where Michael Vitez will be signing his book:

  • The Irish Mile, 350 Haddon Avenue, Haddon Township, Tuesday, May 22, from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Haddonfield Library, for a discussion and signing, Wednesday, June 13, at 7 p.m.
  • Breakway Bikes (with Matt Miller), 1923 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Friday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Branch, Wednesday, July 18, 7 p.m. for discussion and signing.