Joker One: A Marine Platoon's Story of Courage, Leadership and Brotherhood

Joker One: A Marine Platoon's Story of Courage, Leadership and Brotherhood


By (author) Donovan Campbell

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  • Publisher: Presidio Press
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 236mm x 28mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0812979567
  • ISBN 13: 9780812979565
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 174,418

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After graduating from Princeton, Donovan Campbell wanted to give back to his country, engage in the world, and learn to lead. So he joined the service, becoming a commander of a forty-man infantry platoon called Joker One. Campbell had just months to train and transform a ragtag group of brand-new Marines into a first-rate cohesive fighting unit, men who would become his family. They were assigned to Ramadi, the capital of the Sunni-dominated Anbar province that was an explosion just waiting to happen. And when it did happen--with the chilling cries of "Jihad, Jihad, Jihad!" echoing from minaret to minaret--Campbell and company were there to protect the innocent, battle the insurgents, and pick up the pieces. Thrillingly told by the man who led the unit of hard-pressed Marines, Joker One is a gripping tale of a leadership and loyalty.

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Author information

Donovan Campbell graduated with honors from Princeton University and Harvard Business School, finished first in his class at the Marines' Basic Officer Course, and served three combat deployments-two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon and a Bronze Star with Valor for his time in Iraq. He is now working for PepsiCo and living in Dallas, Texas, with his wife and daughter. "From the Hardcover edition."

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"[A]beautiful and harrowing debut...Campbell unspools blow-by-blow accounts of his unit's patrols from street level. The fuzzy radio transmissions, the roadside bombs laid by faceless enemies, the dust-filled, hand-trembling confusion - it all comes dizzyingly alive.....By the time the platoon finally returns home, exhausted, scarred, and with fewer men than they set out with, Campbell's admiration for his men has become contagious. It's only then that you realize that""Joker One isn't as much a story of war as it is a story of love. A"--"Entertainment Weekly ""Donovan Campbell, first as a Marine and then as a writer, shows us that the dominant emotion in war isn't hatred or anger or fear. It's love. His story stands as a poignant tribute to his men-their courage, their dedication, their skill, and their love for one another, even unto death. This is a deeply moving book."--Nathaniel Fick, author of "One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer ""The arrangement known as embedding-the almost complete immersion in the movements and life of a military seldom available to nonjournalists. But [Joker One] is its literary equivalent....[Joker One] should be read by all those who have ever wondered what conclusions they would have drawn about the Iraq war if they had been dropped into the middle of the conflict."--"New York Times Book Review ""Nobody but a soldier knows what war is really like, but the next best thing may be reading Donovan Campbell's Joker One."--Star-Telegram, Ft. Worth "Takes you into the heart of combat and into the soul of a young Marine lieutenant....Beyond the colorfully described chaotic battle scenes, beyond the noble warriors who populate the book, what sets Joker One apart is its unsparing honesty."--"Journal-Sentinel, "Milwaukee "Joker One is the real goods, what Hemingway called 'the true gen.' The classic military story: one platoon leader, the men of his platoon, and the impossibility and>