One Bullet Away

One Bullet Away

Author: Nathaniel Fick

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780297857051

Category: History

Page: 384

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The most eloquent and personal story of a young man at war since Geoffrey Wellum's FIRST LIGHT Until a winter evening in 1998 Nathaniel was just another history student on a comfortable career trajectory of high school to college to white collar job. Then he went to a lecture by a Wall Street Journal reporter who had just published a book on the US Marines. It brought forth a latent desire to break free of the 'seat belt and safety goggle, safety-first' culture: to be a warrior. He passed the gruelling selection course and joined the Marine Corps on graduation. Posted to a Marine Regiment in the wake of 9/11, he took part in the invasion of Afghanistan, then led a platoon of their elite Recon Battalion during the invasion of Iraq. This is not a book about the Iraq invasion as such: it is an articulate and deeply thoughtful young man's account of what it means to fight in the frontline, to risk not just death or injury, but psychological harm. He reveals some of the awful dilemmas war can bring, horrible problems to which there is no 'right' answer, but a decision had to be made quickly -- by him alone. In combat you are just one bullet away from death -- or promotion. But this doesn't focus the mind: it makes it freeze up -- unless your training is so thorough that you overcome exhaustion and terror. 'Nate' took 65 men to war and came home with all 65. He proved himself an excellent officer and won promotion, but resigned in 2003 to write this book and attend Harvard Business School.
One Bullet Away
Language: en
Pages: 384
Authors: Nathaniel Fick
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-03-12 - Publisher: Hachette UK

The most eloquent and personal story of a young man at war since Geoffrey Wellum's FIRST LIGHT Until a winter evening in 1998 Nathaniel was just another history student on a comfortable career trajectory of high school to college to white collar job. Then he went to a lecture by
One Bullet Away
Language: en
Pages: 372
Authors: Nathaniel Fick
Categories: Afghan War, 2001-
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005 - Publisher:

Until a winter evening in 1998 Nathaniel was just another history student on a comfortable career trajectory of high school to college to white collar job. Then he went to a lecture by a Wall Street Journal reporter who had just published a book on the US Marines. It brought
One Bullet Away
Language: en
Pages: 372
Authors: Nathaniel Fick
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006 - Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

An ex-Marine captain shares his story of fighting in a Recon battalion in Afghanistan and Iraq, beginning with his training at Quantico and following his experiences in the deadliest conflicts since the Vietnam War.
A Companion to American Military History
Language: en
Pages: 1136
Authors: James C. Bradford
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-11-03 - Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

With more than 60 essays, A Companion to American MilitaryHistory presents a comprehensive analysis of the historiographyof United States military history from the colonial era to thepresent. Covers the entire spectrum of US history from the Indian andimperial conflicts of the seventeenth century to the battles inAfghanistan and Iraq Features
I Sing the Body Politic
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Peter Swirski
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-09-01 - Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

A critical investigation of the dead ends, dead metaphors, dead bodies, and other historical constants of American politics.