One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon at War

One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon at War

by Bing West


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ISBN-13: 9780812980912
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/09/2015
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 490,388
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 5.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Bing West, a Marine combat veteran, served as an assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration. He has been on hundreds of patrols in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. A nationally acclaimed war correspondent, he is the author of The Village; No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah; The Strongest Tribe: War, Politics, and the Endgame in Iraq; and The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy, and the Way Out of Afghanistan. Most recently, he was the co-author of Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer’s memoir, Into the Fire. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Infantry Order of St. Crispin, West is the recipient of the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Colby Award for Military Writers, the Andrew J. Goodpaster Prize for military scholarship, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation award (twice), Tunisia’s Médaille de la Liberté, the Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association Award, the Father Clyde Leonard Award, the Free Press Award, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars News Media Award. He lives with his wife, Betsy, in Newport, Rhode Island.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction xix

Table of Organization xxxi

1 Shock 3

2 Leader Lost 17

3 With the Old Breed 24

4 Leaders Found 45

5 Toe-to-Toe 61

6 Thanksgiving 84

7 Gone 103

8 Enemy Respite 109

9 Midway to Home 126

10 The Routine 150

11 End of Tour 174

12 The Endless Grunt 191

13 Who Will Fight For Us? 202

Acknowledgments 219

Appendix A Address by LT. Gen. John Kelly. JSMC, November 13,2010 221

Appendix B 3rd Platoon and Kilo Company 3/5 Excerpts From Daily Logbooks 225

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One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon at War 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ex State Trooper here and consider this a super well written tell how it is book. Thank to all of those who serve this country in the miserable conditions every day.
BillA More than 1 year ago
This is an outstanding recounting of the life of Marines in Afghanistan. You feel you are right there with them, awe-struck by their courage, skills, and still very human personalities. I've read several books of this genre, but this is the best for that very personal grunts-eye view of life in Afghanistan. Bing West's view is very genuine and authoritative; and his blending of snippets of similar situations in Vietnam a generation earlier sharpened insights into this war. This is an awesome book, without special pleading or broad programs, that captures the very real and fearsome events that our Marines and other grunts deal with every day. It makes me very proud of them and very grateful, and encourages me that all is not lost with our younger generation, after all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read for understanding the soldiers, the battlefield, and what defines them. Recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago