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 profession starts with a hellish summer season at Quantico, after his junior yr at Dartmouth. He leads a platoon in Afghanistan simply after 9-11 and advances to the pinnacle—Recon— years later, at the eve of warfare with Iraq. His monstrous ability set places him in entrance of front strains, prime twenty-two Marines into the deadliest clash because Vietnam. He vows to deliver all his males domestic appropriately, and to take action he’ll desire greater than his top-flight schooling. Fick unveils the method that makes Marine officials such mythical leaders and stocks his hard-won insights into the diversities among army beliefs and armed forces perform, which may mock these ideals.

In this deeply considerate account of what it’s wish to struggle on today’s entrance traces, Fick finds the crushing strain on younger leaders in wrestle. Split-second judgements may need nationwide results or terrible speedy repercussions, yet hesitation isn’t an choice. One Bullet Away by no means shrinks from blunt truths, yet finally it really is an inspiring account of gaining knowledge of the artwork of war.

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Atomic Obsession: Nuclear Alarmism from Hiroshima to Al-Qaeda

By John E. Mueller

Following Sept. 11, american citizens have been swept up in a close to hysteria-level worry of terrorists, specifically of Islamic extremists operating locally. the govt and media stories stoked fears that folks dwelling within the US have the need and skill to wreak severe havoc and destruction. Early reviews predicted a little greater than three hundred al Qaeda operatives dwelling within the usa. It wasn't lengthy ahead of this quantity turned 2,000 or 5,000 family terrorists. As those estimates snowballed, so did spending on federal counterterrorism businesses and measures, spending which now totals over one thousand billion funds. the government introduced extra covert operations within the identify of battling terrorist adversaries than they did within the entirety of the forty-five yr chilly battle. for every apprehension of a reputable terrorist suspect, the USA govt created or re-organized counterterrorism agencies. the size of those efforts has been huge, immense, but one way or the other they've got now not been confirmed to make american citizens feels secure from what they understand to be a major terrorist risk. yet how well-founded is that this worry? Is the specter of terrorism within the usa as tremendous because it turns out and are counterterrorism efforts powerful and appropriately-scaled?

It has now not, statistically talking, been effective or profitable. just one alarm in 10,000 has confirmed to be a valid threat-the relaxation are what the authors discuss with as "ghosts." those ghosts are huge, immense drains on assets and give a contribution to a national paranoia that has led to common help and minimum severe wondering of big bills and infringements on civil liberties, together with invasions of privateness and questionably felony imprisonments. In Chasing Ghosts, John Mueller and Mark Stewart argue that the "ghost chase" occupying American fears, legislation enforcement, and federal spending persists as the public believes that there exists within the US a dire and critical possibility of terrorism. The authors search to investigate to what measure this can be a actual and to what measure the danger posed by means of terrorists within the US defends the intense bills presently positioned in the direction of their research.

The likelihood that an American can be killed via a terrorist regionally in any given 12 months is set one in 4 million (under current conditions). but regardless of this statistically low hazard and the extreme volume of assets placed in the direction of combatting threats, american citizens don't profess to believe any more secure from terrorists. till the genuine possibility of family terrorism is analyzed and understood, the rustic can't start to confront no matter if our pursuit of ghosts is definitely worth the cost.

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We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda

By Philip Gourevitch

Winner of the nationwide booklet Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.

In April 1994, the Rwandan executive known as upon every person within the Hutu majority to kill each one member of the Tutsi minority, and over the following 3 months 800,000 Tutsis perished within the such a lot unambiguous case of genocide considering Hitler's battle opposed to the Jews. Philip Gourevitch's haunting paintings is an anatomy of the warfare in Rwanda, a vibrant background of the tragedy's history, and an unforgettable account of its aftermath. probably the most acclaimed books of the yr, this account will undergo as a chilling rfile of our time.

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By Sebastian Junger

In WAR, Sebastian Junger (The ideal Storm) turns his magnificent and empathetic eye to the truth of combat--the worry, the consideration, and the belief between males in an severe state of affairs whose survival is determined by their absolute dedication to each other. His on-the-ground account follows a unmarried platoon via a 15-month journey of responsibility within the most threatening outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. throughout the reviews of those younger males at conflict, he exhibits what it capability to struggle, to serve, and to stand down mortal possibility every day.

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Act of War: A Novel

By Dale Brown

From the corridors of energy in
Washington to the frontlines of the war
on terror, Dale Brown takes you to the
heart of the motion and introduces his
most exhilarating personality to date

In Act of War, Dale Brown is going past something he is performed earlier than, taking readers deep into the recent international of intelligence-focused conflict, and introducing a state of the art new hero: thirty-two-year-old military significant Jason Richter, dressmaker of a complete array of futuristic infantry guns and units created to seek down a brand new breed of enemy with unrivaled velocity and lethality. With all of the exciting conflict scenes and professional army maneuvers that experience develop into the hallmark of this New York Times bestselling writer, this can be an extreme, action-packed spectacle that mixes geopolitics, terrorism, and warfare.

Near Houston, Texas, an oil refinery belonging to 1 of the world's biggest multinational power businesses is destroyed through a "backpack" nuclear gadget. this is often only one of many assaults being perpetrated opposed to the corporate all over the world via a bunch whose venture is to forestall worldwide firms and executive agencies from plundering the world's average assets within the identify of profit.

Before this crew moves back, Jason Richter is named in along with his top-secret high-tech army unit, code-named job strength TALON, a different joint army and FBI unit manage through the nationwide defense consultant to trace down and defeat terrorists worldwide. Richter believes there's just one procedure within which to snare his rivals -- locate, pursue, have interaction, and kill. And the single method to do that is to play them at their very own video game: Be unconventional and quick, hit-and-run and brutal adequate to strike worry into the guts of the main devoted terrorist. Richter should also cleared the path via a chain of unforeseen turns that at last uncovers a mole excessive up in the govt who's in pursuit of his personal own revenge.

If Richter fails, it will not be simply the lives of his workforce which are misplaced, yet the USA itself.

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The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn

By Nathaniel Philbrick

"An engrossing, thoughtfully researched, and tautly written account of a severe bankruptcy in American history." -Los Angeles Times

With an attractive physique of labor that incorporates In the center of the Sea, Pulitzer Prize finalist Mayflower,and the approaching Valiant Ambition,  Nathaniel Philbrick has emerged as a historian with a special skill to deliver historical past to existence. The final Stand is Philbrick's enormous reappraisal of the epochal conflict on the Little Bighorn in 1876 that gave beginning to the legend of Custer's final Stand. Bringing a wealth of recent info to his topic, in addition to his attribute literary aptitude, Philbrick info the collision among American icons- George Armstrong Custer and Sitting Bull-that either events needed to prevent, and brilliantly explains how the conflict that ensued has been formed and reshaped through nationwide fantasy.

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U.S. Army Special Forces Guide to Unconventional Warfare: Devices and Techniques for Incendiaries

With fiercely distinct details and visuals supplied via the U.S. military, U.S. military exact Forces consultant to Unconventional Warfare is intended for knowledgeable infantrymen and rookies alike. With this consultant, it is possible for you to to use its fabric to appreciate and create initiators, igniters, and incendiary fabrics. The significant desk of contents contains insurance on napalm, gelled fuel, hearth fudge, silver nitrate, centred sulfuric acid, fuse cords, hold up mechanisms, and spontaneous combustion. packed with specific forces secrets and techniques, U.S. consultant to Unconventional Warfare is a useful software for any provocateur-in-training and a call for participation to examine how our certain forces are struggling with our enemies overseas.

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The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944

By Ian W. Toll

New York TimesBestseller “A appealing combination of historical past and prose and proves back Mr. Toll’s mastery of the naval-war narrative.” ―Wall road Journal

This masterful background encompasses the center of the Pacific War―the interval among mid-1942 and mid-1944―when parallel Allied counteroffensives north and south of the equator washed over Japan's far-flung island empire like a "conquering tide," concluding with Japan's irreversible strategic defeat within the Marianas. It was once the most important, bloodiest, costliest, such a lot technically cutting edge and logistically complex amphibious struggle in historical past, and it fostered sour interservice rivalries, leaving wounds that even victory couldn't heal.

Often missed, those are the years and fights that determined the Pacific conflict. Ian W. Toll's conflict scenes―in the air, at sea, and within the jungles―are easily riveting. He additionally takes the reader into the wartime councils in Washington and Tokyo the place politics and approach frequently collided, and into the fight to mobilize wartime creation, which was once the key of Allied victory. Brilliantly researched, the narrative is propelled and coloured by means of firsthand accounts―letters, diaries, debriefings, and memoirs―that are the uncooked fabric of the telling information, clever judgment, and penetrating perception of this magisterial history.

This volume―continuing the "marvelously readable dramatic narrative" (San Francisco Chronicle) of Pacific Crucible―marks the second one installment of the Pacific conflict Trilogy, that allows you to stand because the first background of the complete Pacific battle to be released in no less than twenty-five years.

32 pages of illustrations

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Retreat, Hell! (Corps, No 10)

By W.E.B. Griffin

It's the fall of 1950. The Marines have made a pivotal leap forward at Inchon, yet a curler coaster awaits them. whereas Douglas MacArthur chomps on the bit, motive on surging around the thirty eighth parallel, Brigadier normal Fleming Pickering works desperately to mediate the escalating conflict among MacArthur and President Harry Truman. And someplace in the market, his personal daredevil pilot son, decide, is misplaced in the back of enemy lines--and can be misplaced without end.

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The Disappeared

By Kim Echlin

A fiercely appealing love tale for the a while, The Disappeared strains one woman’s three-decades-long trip from the peaceable streets of Montreal to the war-torn villages of Cambodia, as a short affair becomes a grand ardour of loss and remembrance, set opposed to probably the most brutal genocides of our time. whilst sixteen-year-old Anne Greves first meets Serey, a Cambodian pupil compelled to depart his nation in the course of the upward thrust of the Khmer Rouge, she by no means considers the implications in their complex romance. Swept up within the infatuation of younger love, Anne ignores her father’s needs and embraces her dating with Serey in Montreal’s smoky jazz golf equipment and in his cramped yellow bed room. but if the borders of Cambodia are reopened, Serey needs to danger his existence to come domestic looking for his relatives. A decade later, Anne will shuttle midway all over the world to discover him, and to avoid wasting their love from an analogous tragic forces that first introduced them jointly. In aching, delicate prose, Kim Echlin demanding situations our notions of ways to either declare the prior of circulation on after unbearable loss. half elegy, half love letter, half name to palms, The Disappeared is a hovering tribute to people who have disappeared within the violent conflicts all through history.

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