One Bullet Away

One Bullet Away

The Making of A Marine Officer

Book - 2006
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A former captain in the Marines' First Recon Battalion, who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq, reveals how the Corps trains its elite and offers a point-blank account of twenty-first-century battle. Only one Marine in a hundred qualifies for Recon, charged with working clandestinely, often behind enemy lines. Fick's training begins with a hellish summer at Quantico, and advances to the pinnacle--Recon--four years later, on the eve of war with Iraq. Along the way, he learns to shoot a man a mile away, stays awake for seventy-two hours straight, endures interrogation and torture, learns to swim with Navy SEALs, and much more. His vast skill set puts him in front of the front lines. Fick unveils the process that makes Marine officers such legendary leaders and shares his hard-won insights into the differences between the military ideals he learned and military practice, which can mock those ideals.
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Mariner Book/Houghton Mifflin, 2006
Edition: 1st Mariner Books ed
ISBN: 9780618773435
0618773436
9780618556137
0618556133
Characteristics: 372 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm

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DiabloDog
Feb 14, 2016

Having done two tours in the1st Reconnaissance Battalion and commanding two companies, Alpha and Charlie, I was impressed with the author's descriptive telling of his story. Well done -- Semper Fi

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fazybones
Jan 20, 2012

An incredible book about the responsibilities put on a brave young officer to command men
in battle and attempt to bring them home from war alive.

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Navy_Falcon_1
May 19, 2011

This is a great book if you want to learn about life in the Marine Corps.

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