Thursday, February 4, 2016

One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon at War

Bing West’s One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon at War follows the combat mission of Marine Battalion 3/5, which suffered the highest casualty rate of any platoon in the Afghan War.  

West, a former marine with combat experience in Vietnam, writes with sympathy and intelligence about the experiences of infantrymen fighting a guerrilla war with an enemy who is not in uniform.

He makes some of the boilerplate observations and comments about a Marine’s life, but  the combination of his compassion and professional tone prevent them from becoming cliché or shopworn. His voice is real and identifiable to solider and civilian alike.

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