One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer

One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer


By (author) Nathaniel Fick

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  • Publisher: Mariner Books
  • Format: Paperback | 372 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 25mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 7 September 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Boston, MA
  • ISBN 10: 0618773436
  • ISBN 13: 9780618773435
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 93,085

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If 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 pinnacleRecon 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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"A remarkable book that will give today's readers a much fuller picture of the realities of their military, and that will be read for many years to come because of its vivid, humane, unsparing but also humorous portrayal of the making of a warrior." --James Fallows, national correspondent, Atlantic Monthly