Language: English Brand New. When Donovan Campbell s platoon deployed to Ramadi in the spring of 2004, they believed they d be spending most of their time building schools, training police, and making friends with the citizens. But shortly after arriving, when Campbell awoke to the chilling cry of Jihad, Jihad, Jihad! echoing from minaret to minaret across the city, he knew they had an altogether different situation on their hands.For nearly the entire day, Joker-One-the forty-man infantry platoon that Campbell was charged with leading-fought house-to-house to rescue other units, sometimes trading grenades with their enemies from just a few feet away. In the days and months that followed, hundreds of hard-core insurgents launched simultaneous attacks on the Marine forces in Ramadi, their ranks swelled by thousands of local volunteers drawn from the citizens of a city whose primary export was officers in Saddam Hussein s army. By the fall of 2004, nearly half the men in Campbell s platoon had been wounded in some of the fiercest urban fighting since Vietnam; less than a month after they withdrew, the forces in Ramadi were doubled, then tripled.Although Joker One is set in Iraq, the book s themes-brotherhood, honor, and sacrifice-are universal. Campbell shows us how his Marines patience, discipline, and love for one another created a whole that is much greater than the sum of its parts, and how the essential goodness of these men remains unchanged by all of the pain and the terror surrounding them. His sharp-eyed, evocative, and unflinching account of his deployment is just as impressive as the man himself-a man who chose to enter the military because of his patriotism, sense of privilege, and deep religious faith when most of his Princeton classmates were cashing in their ivy league educations for lucrative careers among the financial elite. The vivid and gripping battle scenes will satisfy fans of military memoirs, but it s Campbell s sense of duty, faith, and love for his men that makes Joker One a truly extraordinary account of a war that has touched us all. N° de réf. du libraire
Synopsis : After graduating from Princeton, Donovan Campbell, motivated by his unwavering patriotism and commitment, decided to join the service, realizing that becoming a Marine officer would allow him to give back to his country, engage in the world, and learn to lead. In this immediate, thrilling, and inspiring memoir, Campbell recounts a timeless and transcendent tale of brotherhood, courage, and sacrifice.
As commander of a forty-man infantry platoon called Joker One, Campbell had just months to train and transform a ragtag group of brand-new Marines into a first-rate cohesive fighting unit, men who would become his family: Sergeant Leza, the house intellectual who read Che Guevara; Sergeant Mariano Noriel, the ?Filipino ball of fire? who would become Campbell?s closest confidant and friend; Lance Corporal William Feldmeir, a narcoleptic who fell asleep during battle; and a lieutenant known simply as ?the Ox,? whose stubborn aggressiveness would be more curse than blessing.
Campbell and his men were assigned to Ramadi, that capital of the Sunni-dominated Anbar province that was an explosion just waiting to happen. And when it did happen?with the chilling cries of ?Jihad, Jihad, Jihad!? echoing from minaret to minaret?Campbell and company were there to protect the innocent, battle the insurgents, and pick up the pieces. After seven months of day-to-day, house-to-house combat, nearly half of Campbell?s platoon had been wounded, a casualty rate that went beyond that of any Marine or Army unit since Vietnam. Yet unlike Fallujah, Ramadi never fell to the enemy.
Told by the man who led the unit of hard-pressed Marines, Joker One is a gripping tale of a leadership, loyalty, faith, and camaraderie throughout the best and worst of times.
Critique: "[A]beautiful and harrowing debut...Campbell unspools blow-by-blow accounts of his unit's patrols from street level. The fuzzy radio transmissions, the roadside bombs laid by faceless enemies, the dust-filled, hand-trembling confusion - it all comes dizzyingly alive.....By the time the platoon finally returns home, exhausted, scarred, and with fewer men than they set out with, Campbell's admiration for his men has become contagious. It's only then that you realize that""Joker One isn't as much a story of war as it is a story of love. A"--"Entertainment Weekly ""Donovan Campbell, first as a Marine and then as a writer, shows us that the dominant emotion in war isn't hatred or anger or fear. It's love. His story stands as a poignant tribute to his men-their courage, their dedication, their skill, and their love for one another, even unto death. This is a deeply moving book."--Nathaniel Fick, author of "One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer ""The arrangement known as embedding-the almost complete immersion in the movements and life of a military unit....is seldom available to nonjournalists. But [Joker One] is its literary equivalent....[Joker One] should be read by all those who have ever wondered what conclusions they would have drawn about the Iraq war if they had been dropped into the middle of the conflict."--"New York Times Book Review ""Nobody but a soldier knows what war is really like, but the next best thing may be reading Donovan Campbell's Joker One."--Star-Telegram, Ft. Worth "Takes you into the heart of combat and into the soul of a young Marine lieutenant....Beyond the colorfully described chaotic battle scenes, beyond the noble warriors who populate the book, what sets Joker One apart is its unsparing honesty."--"Journal-Sentinel, "Milwaukee "Joker One is the real goods, what Hemingway called 'the true gen.' The classic military story: one platoon leader, the men of his platoon, and the impossibility and>
Titre : Joker One: A Marine Platoon s Story of ...
Éditeur : Tantor Media, Inc
Date d'édition : 2009
Reliure : CD-Audio
Etat du livre : New
Edition : Library ed.
Description du livre Tantor Audio, 2009. Audio CD. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 1400140749