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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Table of Contents
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
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