One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer

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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 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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After receiving a BA in classics from Dartmouth, Nathaniel Fick served as an infantry oficer and then as an elite Recon Marine. He saw action in Afghanistan and Iraq before leaving the Corps as a captain. He is now in a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security in Washington, D.C. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller ONE BULLET AWAY. Fick is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute of Strategic Studies, and serves as a Director of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy at Dartmouth College. He holds a B.A. from Dartmouth, an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and an MPA in international security policy from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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A Marine officer remembers his basic training and a brief combat mission in Iraq. Lt. Fick's descriptions of intense firefights emphasize the mortal danger and hardships our troops face in the Middle East. The details come wrapped in profuse and profane military lingo; a poor abridgment leaves noticeable gaps. The author's monotonous narration portrays him as having an emotionless affect, making him believable as a trained gunman. He delivers his short sentences like fleeting bullets, sometimes emphasizing the last word, and sometimes throwing it away. He coldly reads: "The bad news is we won't get much sleep this night. The good news is we get to kill people." J.A.H. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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