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    DescriptionIf the Marines are ?the few, the proud,” Recon Marines are the fewest and the proudest. Nathaniel Fick’s career begins with a hellish summer at Quantico, after his junior year at Dartmouth. He leads a platoon in Afghanistan just after 9/11 and advances to the pinnacle?Recon? two years later, on the eve of war with Iraq. His vast skill set puts him in front of the front lines, leading twenty-two Marines into the deadliest conflict since Vietnam. He vows to bring all his men home safely, and to do so he’ll need more than his top-flight education. Fick unveils the process that makes Marine officers such legendary leaders and shares his hard-won insights into the differences between military ideals and military practice, which can mock those ideals. In this deeply thoughtful account of what it’s like to fight on today’s front lines, Fick reveals the crushing pressure on young leaders in combat. Split-second decisions might have national consequences or horrible immediate repercussions, but hesitation isn’t an option. One Bullet Away never shrinks from blunt truths, but ultimately it is an inspiring account of mastering the art of war.

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    One Bullet Away
    The Making of a Marine Officer
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nathaniel Fick
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 372
    Width: 141 mm
    Height: 209 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 413 g
    ISBN 13: 9780618773435
    ISBN 10: 0618773436

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    Edition statement
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
    Imprint name
    Mariner Books
    Publication date
    07 September 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Boston, MA
    Review quote
    "Fick's writing style sets this book apart from other accounts of recent conflicts and guarantees One Bullet Away a place in the war memorial hall of fame." USA Today "Harrowing . . . deserves close reading and serious discussion." The Washington Post "What One Bullet Away accomplishes, in a way all the blather on cable TV never will, is to give readers real insights into the modern war and its warriors." --Rocky Mountain News "Fick makes a fascinating contribution to the growing shelf of soldiers' tales with his insight into the minds of today's young officers." Boston Magazine "The best sign of military intelligence." Gentleman's Quarterly "Provides a close-up and often harrowing look at [his] service both in Iraq and Afghanistan." U.S. News & World Report "Much more than a simple dispatch from the fronts of Afghanistan and Iraq, One Bullet Away finds Nathaniel Fick reaching deep within his heart and soul. culling up the irony, frustration, humor, tragedy, and -- more than anything else -- the pathos that informs the enterprise of war." --Military.com "Fick sounds like precisely the kind of thoughtful, mature commander any soldier would revere." Cleveland Plain Dealer "Ponders the nature of leadership and war . . . A tough-minded, beautifully written account." Men's Journal "Rapid-fire, vertiginous . . . Fick brilliantly evokes the split second before the first muzzle flashes of an ambush...His story is truly -- as one Marine motto has it -- leadership by example." --National Review "A compelling and exciting memoir of military service, swift in its pacing and sure in its details. The courage, selflessness, and skill of Marines are intensely portrayed here and are -- in the highest and rarest praise for a military memoir -- unmistakably authentic." --Senator John McCain "Nathaniel Fick shares a powerful account of the bravery of the Marines and the simple truth every soldier shares: thate