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One bullet away : the making of a Marine officer

Author: Nathaniel Fick
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Personal narratives, American
Named Person: Nathaniel Fick
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nathaniel Fick
ISBN: 9780618556137 0618556133
OCLC Number: 59279736
Description: 369 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Peace --
War --
Aftermath.
Responsibility: Nathaniel Fick.
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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.

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