March 31, 2009
March 31, 2009
When the author's platoon deployed to Ramadi, Iraq in the spring of 2004, they believed they'd be building schools, training police, and working with the local citizens, but instead found themselves in the midst of all-out combat.
In the summer of 2001, Donovan Campbell, an honors student at Princeton, decided that he could differentiate his résumé from the pack by attending Marine Corps Officer Candidate School. Three years later, rather than fighting for a corner office, he was fighting for his life in Iraq, with a full platoon of mostly novice soldiers looking to him for safety and guidance. His harrowing description of his tour in one of the most hellish spots in Iraq, Ramadi, evokes the terrifying immediacy of living every moment with the knowledge that your life was in considerable danger. Campbell and his platoon, Joker One, were on point for the door-to-door advancements of the battalion, meaning they constantly and repeatedly thrust themselves into hostile environments with no awareness of the extent of the enemy's presence. One morning, they were awoken by the chilling chant of "jihad" emanating from the speakers of the surrounding mosques, and were soon engulfed in a torrential barrage of gunfire. Unbelievably, under Campbell's command, Joker One lost but a single soldier during his tour. This haunting and heroic story will resonate with readers long after the final page.
- Online Item #: 11315650
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 247-00-0301
- ISBN: 9781400110742
- Item can be gift wrapped.
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