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Murphy's Law: My Journey from Army Ranger and Green Beret to Investigative Journalist

Murphy's Law: My Journey from Army Ranger and Green Beret to Investigative Journalist

by Jack Murphy
Murphy's Law: My Journey from Army Ranger and Green Beret to Investigative Journalist

Murphy's Law: My Journey from Army Ranger and Green Beret to Investigative Journalist

by Jack Murphy


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For fans of the New York Times bestsellers The Last Punisher and Lone Survivor, a heart-pounding military memoir from a former Army Ranger sniper and Special Operations weapon sergeant-turned-journalist about the incredible highs and devastating lows of his career.

Growing up in small New York towns, Jack Murphy knew he wanted to lead a life far from the ordinary—a life of adventure and valor. After the 9/11 attacks, he immediately enlisted in the Army, knowing this was his chance to live the life he desired and fight for a cause he staunchly supported. After making it through the rigorous Ranger Indoctrination Program, he graduated sniper school and was promptly deployed to Afghanistan, where his experiences went from ordinary to extraordinary.

In this gripping military memoir, Murphy recounts the multiple missions he underwent as a Ranger, a Special Forces weapons sergeant, and ultimately, a boots-on-the-ground journalist. From enemy ambushes, dodging explosives, crashing terrorists’ weddings, and landing helicopters in the streets of Mosul, Jack provides a hard-hitting glimpse of what combat is like in some of the world’s most dangerous, war-torn places. With tours of duty in two of the most decorated units of the armed forces, Murphy brings a unique perspective to the military genre as he reflects on his great triumphs and shattering failures both on and off the battlefield.

Later, Murphy turned his attention to breaking news within the military. His stories have taken him from Iraq to Switzerland, from Syria to South Korea. From crossing Middle Eastern borders in the dead of night, to rolling into an IED-laden zone, Murphy’s stories are always a thrill a minute.

Murphy’s Law tells a story of intense bravery and sacrifice—both on and off the battlefield.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501191244
Publisher: Threshold Editions
Publication date: 04/23/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,059,972
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jack Murphy is an eight-year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Freefall team in 5th Special Forces Group. After returning to civilian life in 2010, he graduated from Columbia University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. While in school, he cofounded the website SOFREP which is a news and information website run by Special Operations veterans.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Part I

1 No Plan Survives First Contact with the Enemy 5

2 Friendly Fire Isn't 23

3 Anything That Can Go Wrong, Will Go Wrong 45

4 Ranger Days and Time-sensitive Targets 56

5 If Enough Data Is Collected, a Board of Inquiry Can Prove Anything 62

6 Luck Can't Hold Out Against Murph 80

7 For Every Action, There Is an Equal and Opposite Criticism 91

8 The Wedding Crashers 109

9 The Firepit 131

Part II

10 Anything You Do Can Get You Killed, Including Doing Nothing 155

11 Covering Conflict: Switzerland to Syria 167

12 Flapping in the Breeze 178

13 Dark News 198

14 Humvees and IEDs 221

15 Another Surreal Journey: Meeting President Assad in Damascus 232

16 No Matter Which Way You Have to March, It Is Always Uphill 242

17 Controversy and Upsets 250

Epilogue 257

Glossary 263

Acknowledgments 269

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