One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer
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... show more
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.
Publish date: September 7th 2006
Publisher: Mariner Books
Pages no: 372
Edition language: English
ONE BULLET AWAY is the non-fiction account of a Dartmouth classics-grad who goes through OCS and into infantry as an officer. of the books coming out of the Iraq War, this might be a trifle weaker than average, although that is in comparison to all books with at least a 1000 ratings rather than Iraq...
One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer is a narrative on the military and war from an Ivy League liberal arts major. With Lt Nathaniel Fick’s background in the classics, I was hoping for a mix of real experience and historical interpretation of his experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq. He fo...
Outstanding memoir by a young Marine lieutentant who led a platoon in Afghanistan and Iraq. Vivid, thoughtful and provocative.
This was an inside the Humvee, inside the life of a Marine platoon as you can ever be without being there. It's a no nonsense account of a young Recon lieutenant who lead his Marines and kept them alive through the first weeks of the Iraq war. How he got there, how he thrived on the challenge and wh...