Dreadfully Ever After Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Brian Doyle: IMG The Rude Burl of Our Masks



One day when I was 12 years old and setting off on my newspaper route after school my mom said will you stop at the doctor's and pick up something... Continue »
  1. $13.27 Sale Trade Paper add to wish list

    Children and Other Wild Animals

    Brian Doyle 9780870717543

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$9.95
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Military- US Military General
1 Local Warehouse Military- Elite

One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer

by

One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer Cover

ISBN13: 9780618556137
ISBN10: 0618556133
Condition: Standard
Dustjacket: Standard
All Product Details

Only 2 left in stock at $9.95!

 

Staff Pick

Possibly unequaled in its detail and candor, One Bullet Away takes readers to the depths of Marine life, in peacetime and in war, all the while avoiding the clichés generally associated with military memoirs. Nathaniel Fick's bracing and articulate voice is a welcome addition to the genre. Highly recommended.
Recommended by Ann E., Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

If the Marines are the few, the proud, Recon Marines are the fewest and the proudest. Only one Marine in a hundred qualifies for the Reconnaissance Battalion, charged with working clandestinely, often behind enemy lines. Fick's training begins with a hellish summer at Quantico, after his junior year at Dartmouth, and advances to the pinnacle — Recon — four years later, on the eve of war with Iraq. Along the way, he learns to shoot a man a mile away, stays awake for seventy-two hours straight, endures interrogation and torture at the secretive SERE course, learns to swim with Navy SEALs, masters the Eleven Principles of Leadership, and much more. His vast skill set puts him in front of the front lines, leading twenty-two Marines into the deadlist conflict since Vietnam. He vows he will bring all his men home safely, and to do so he'll need more than his top-flight education. He'll need luck and an increasingly clear vision of the limitations of his superiors and the missions they assign him. Fick unveils the process that makes Marine officers such legendary leaders and shares his hard-won insights into the differences between the military ideals he learned and military practice, which can mock those ideals. One Bullet Away never shrinks from blunt truths, but it is an ultimately inspiring account of mastering the art of war.

Review:

"The global war on terrorism has spawned some excellent combat narratives — mostly by journalists. Warriors, like Marine Corps officer Fick, bring a different and essential perspective to the story. A classics major at Dartmouth, Fick joined the Marines in 1998 because he 'wanted to go on a great adventure... to do something so hard that no one could ever talk shit to me.' Thus begins his odyssey through the grueling regimen of Marine training and wartime deployments — an odyssey that he recounts in vivid detail in this candid and fast-paced memoir. Fick was first deployed to Afghanistan, where he saw little combat, but his Operation Freedom unit, the elite 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, helped spearhead the invasion of Iraq and 'battled through every town on Highway 7' from Nasiriyah to al Kut. (Rolling Stone writer Evan Wright's provocative Generation Kill is based on his travels with Fick's unit.) Like the best combat memoirs, Fick's focuses on the men doing the fighting and avoids hyperbole and sensationalism. He does not shrink from the truth — however personal or unpleasant. 'I was aware enough,' he admits after a firefight, 'to be concerned that I was starting to enjoy it.' Agent, E.J. McCarthy. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Far more than a glory-soaked collection of war stories, this memoir proves the ideal of the scholar-soldier as alive and well. One can hardly imagine a finer boots-on-the-ground chronicle of this open-ended conflict, no matter how long it may last." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Review:

"Fick's memoir provides an incomparable analysis of the training an officer must undergo and the standards that must be met....Fick's narrative eschews tough, vulgar language and instead deploys an intelligent, sensitive descriptive prose." Library Journal

Review:

"[Fick] gives the reader an up-close and personal view of what it is like to be a soldier....One Bullet Away is a highly readable, personal memoir that rings and resonates with bravery, clarity and truth." BookReporter.com

Review:

"Fick's editor might have suggested starting in the middle of a firefight in Iraq, and then backtracking to the beginning....One Bullet Away relies heavily on the reader caring about Fick the man, and we could all get to know him quicker in combat." San Diego Union Tribune

Review:

"One Bullet Away is a singular literary achievement, a gripping account of 21st century war by a 21st century warrior." Evan Wright, author of Generation Kill

Review:

"A brilliant, no-bullshit piece of under-the-helmet reporting." Steven Pressfield, author of Gates of Fire and The Virtues of War

Review:

"This is one of the best books on the Marine Corps in a long time....Terrific." Tom Ricks, author of Making the Corps and A Soldier's Duty, military correspondent, Washington Post

Review:

"Fick's descriptive and exacting writing...guarantees One Bullet Away a place in the war memoir hall of fame." USA Today

Review:

"Everyone who cynically dismisses 'the rules of war,' saying, 'there are no rules,' should read this book." Jonathan Shay, M.D., Ph.D., senior advisor for ethics and leadership, U.S. Army, and author of Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character and Odysseus in America

Review:

"The psychological distance between those who serve and fight, and those who publish and pontificate, is vast. Nathaniel Fick has closed the gap considerably with this fine book." Robert D. Kaplan, author of Imperial Grunts: The American Military on the Ground

Synopsis:

If the Marines are and#147;the few, the proud,and#8221; Recon Marines are the fewest and the proudest. Nathaniel Fickand#8217;s career begins with a hellish summer at Quantico, after his junior year at Dartmouth. He leads a platoon in Afghanistan just after 9/11 and advances to the pinnacleand#151;Reconand#151; two years later, on the eve of war with Iraq. His vast skill set puts him in front of the front lines, leading twenty-two Marines into the deadliest conflict since Vietnam. He vows to bring all his men home safely, and to do so heand#8217;ll need more than his top-flight education. Fick unveils the process that makes Marine officers such legendary leaders and shares his hard-won insights into the differences between military ideals and military practice, which can mock those ideals.

In this deeply thoughtful account of what itand#8217;s like to fight on todayand#8217;s front lines, Fick reveals the crushing pressure on young leaders in combat. Split-second decisions might have national consequences or horrible immediate repercussions, but hesitation isnand#8217;t an option. One Bullet Away never shrinks from blunt truths, but ultimately it is an inspiring account of mastering the art of war.

About the Author

Nathaniel Fick, after receiving a B.A. in classics from Dartmouth in 1999, served in the Marines' elite First Recon Battalion (the analogue of the Navy's SEALs or Army's Delta Force). He saw action in Afghanistan and Iraq before leaving the Corps as a captain. He is now in a dual-degree program at Harvard's Business School and Kennedy School of Government.

Table of Contents

Contents

I. P E A C E 1

II. WA R 75

III. A F T E R M AT H 359

Authors Note and Acknowledgments 371

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

AllSt8Talk, April 26, 2007 (view all comments by AllSt8Talk)
Nathaniel Fick's observations articulate my experiences and attitudes gained from over 27 years as an Air Force officer. Although I always considered myself a fighter pilot, I spent over 10 years in special operations working with the elite of the other services. I have a great respect for the guys on the ground, particularly those at the point of the spear. I've never read a book that better presents the fears, attitudes, professionalism, and risks involved in combat. There will always be "some one in the chain" that is not competent or up to the task. It becomes the responsibility of those doing the job to make the best of that incompetence. Fisk does a great job of presenting the problems of mediocre leadership and the process of coping with them. Excellent writing!
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(294 of 311 readers found this comment helpful)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618556137
Subtitle:
The Making of a Marine Officer
Author:
Fick, Nathaniel
Author:
Fick, Nathaniel C.
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Training of
Subject:
Military - Persian Gulf War
Subject:
Military - Veterans
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Iraq War, 2003
Subject:
United States - Officers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
October 3, 2005
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pages of b/w photos
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.63 in 1.54 lb
Age Level:
from 14

Other books you might like

  1. Generation Kill
    Used Trade Paper $5.50
  2. Over There New Hardcover $22.25
  3. The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell:...
    Used Hardcover $6.95
  4. My War: Kiling Time in Iraq Used Trade Paper $3.50
  5. Big Boy Rules: America's Mercenaries... Used Hardcover $5.95
  6. The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq Used Hardcover $4.95

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Military » Elite
History and Social Science » Military » General
History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Military » Gulf Wars
History and Social Science » Military » US Military » General

One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$9.95 In Stock
Product details 400 pages Houghton Mifflin Company - English 9780618556137 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Possibly unequaled in its detail and candor, One Bullet Away takes readers to the depths of Marine life, in peacetime and in war, all the while avoiding the clichés generally associated with military memoirs. Nathaniel Fick's bracing and articulate voice is a welcome addition to the genre. Highly recommended.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The global war on terrorism has spawned some excellent combat narratives — mostly by journalists. Warriors, like Marine Corps officer Fick, bring a different and essential perspective to the story. A classics major at Dartmouth, Fick joined the Marines in 1998 because he 'wanted to go on a great adventure... to do something so hard that no one could ever talk shit to me.' Thus begins his odyssey through the grueling regimen of Marine training and wartime deployments — an odyssey that he recounts in vivid detail in this candid and fast-paced memoir. Fick was first deployed to Afghanistan, where he saw little combat, but his Operation Freedom unit, the elite 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, helped spearhead the invasion of Iraq and 'battled through every town on Highway 7' from Nasiriyah to al Kut. (Rolling Stone writer Evan Wright's provocative Generation Kill is based on his travels with Fick's unit.) Like the best combat memoirs, Fick's focuses on the men doing the fighting and avoids hyperbole and sensationalism. He does not shrink from the truth — however personal or unpleasant. 'I was aware enough,' he admits after a firefight, 'to be concerned that I was starting to enjoy it.' Agent, E.J. McCarthy. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Far more than a glory-soaked collection of war stories, this memoir proves the ideal of the scholar-soldier as alive and well. One can hardly imagine a finer boots-on-the-ground chronicle of this open-ended conflict, no matter how long it may last."
"Review" by , "Fick's memoir provides an incomparable analysis of the training an officer must undergo and the standards that must be met....Fick's narrative eschews tough, vulgar language and instead deploys an intelligent, sensitive descriptive prose."
"Review" by , "[Fick] gives the reader an up-close and personal view of what it is like to be a soldier....One Bullet Away is a highly readable, personal memoir that rings and resonates with bravery, clarity and truth."
"Review" by , "Fick's editor might have suggested starting in the middle of a firefight in Iraq, and then backtracking to the beginning....One Bullet Away relies heavily on the reader caring about Fick the man, and we could all get to know him quicker in combat."
"Review" by , "One Bullet Away is a singular literary achievement, a gripping account of 21st century war by a 21st century warrior."
"Review" by , "A brilliant, no-bullshit piece of under-the-helmet reporting."
"Review" by , "This is one of the best books on the Marine Corps in a long time....Terrific."
"Review" by , "Fick's descriptive and exacting writing...guarantees One Bullet Away a place in the war memoir hall of fame."
"Review" by , "Everyone who cynically dismisses 'the rules of war,' saying, 'there are no rules,' should read this book." Jonathan Shay, M.D., Ph.D., senior advisor for ethics and leadership, U.S. Army, and author of Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character and Odysseus in America
"Review" by , "The psychological distance between those who serve and fight, and those who publish and pontificate, is vast. Nathaniel Fick has closed the gap considerably with this fine book."
"Synopsis" by ,
If the Marines are and#147;the few, the proud,and#8221; Recon Marines are the fewest and the proudest. Nathaniel Fickand#8217;s career begins with a hellish summer at Quantico, after his junior year at Dartmouth. He leads a platoon in Afghanistan just after 9/11 and advances to the pinnacleand#151;Reconand#151; two years later, on the eve of war with Iraq. His vast skill set puts him in front of the front lines, leading twenty-two Marines into the deadliest conflict since Vietnam. He vows to bring all his men home safely, and to do so heand#8217;ll need more than his top-flight education. Fick unveils the process that makes Marine officers such legendary leaders and shares his hard-won insights into the differences between military ideals and military practice, which can mock those ideals.

In this deeply thoughtful account of what itand#8217;s like to fight on todayand#8217;s front lines, Fick reveals the crushing pressure on young leaders in combat. Split-second decisions might have national consequences or horrible immediate repercussions, but hesitation isnand#8217;t an option. One Bullet Away never shrinks from blunt truths, but ultimately it is an inspiring account of mastering the art of war.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.