One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon at War by Bing West

By Bing West

Battalion 3/5 suffered the top variety of casualties within the struggle in Afghanistan. this can be the tale of 1 platoon in that amazing battalion.

Aware of U.S. plans to withdraw from the rustic, figuring out their efforts have been just a footprint within the sand, the fifty Marines of third Platoon fought in Sangin, the main risky district in all of Afghanistan. So heavy have been the casualties that the Secretary of security provided to drag the Marines out. as an alternative, they driven ahead. each one Marine in third Platoon patrolled and a part miles an afternoon for 6 months--a overall of 1 million steps--in seek of a ghostlike enemy that struck unexpectedly. Why did the Marines assault and assault, daily?

Every day introduced a brand new skirmish. every one footfall may well set off an IED. part the Marines in third Platoon didn't make it intact to the top of the travel. One Million Steps is the tale of the fifty courageous males who confronted those grim odds and refused to go into reverse. in response to Bing West's embeds with third Platoon, in addition to on their handwritten log, it is a gripping grunt's-eye view of lifestyles at the entrance traces of America's longest battle. Writing with a wrestle veteran's compassion for the fallen, West additionally deals a damning critique of the higher-ups who anticipated our warriors to behave as nation-builders--and whose failed approach placed American lives at pointless risk.

Each time a pace-setter was once struck down, one other rose as much as take his position. How does one guy instill braveness in one other? What welded those males jointly as firmly as metal plates?

This striking publication is the tale of warriors stuck among a maddening, unrealistic technique and their dependable dedication to the struggle. Fearsome, inspiring, and poignant in its telling, One Million Steps is certain to develop into a vintage, a distinct and enduring testomony to the yankee warrior spirit.

Praise for One Million Steps

"West indicates the truth of contemporary conflict in a fashion that's totally gripping."--Max Boot, writer of Invisible Armies

"A gripping, boot-level account of Marines in Afghanistan through the bloody fight with Taliban fighters."--Los Angeles Times

"One Million Steps transcends wrestle narrative: it truly is an epic of up to date small-unit combat."--Eliot A. Cohen, writer of Supreme Command

"A blistering attack on America's senior army leadership."--The Wall highway Journal

"A heart-pounding portrayal . . . a compelling account of what those males endured."--The Washington Post

"Stunning, sobering, and brilliantly written."--Newt Gingrich

"One of the main intrepid army newshounds, Bing West, grants a heart-wrenching account of 1 platoon's fight."--Bill Bennett, host of Morning in America

"Bing West has reconfirmed his status as probably the most intrepid and insightful observers of America's wars. . . . One Million Steps unearths the essence of small-unit strive against, the very soul of war."--The Weekly Standard

"A searing learn, however it is one who all americans should still adopt. We ship our sons into conflict, and few recognize what our warriors experience."--The Washington Times

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212. 28 H. Pirenne, Mahomet et Charlemagne (Paris, 1937), pp. 170–1. 29 J. Pirson, ‘Le latin des formules mérovingiennes et carolingiennes’, Romanische Forschungen 26 (1909), 837–944; L. Beszard, La langue des formules de Sens (Paris, 1910); E. Slijper, De formularum andecavensium latinitate disputatio, Dissertation (Amsterdam, 1906). 30 D. Norberg, Syntaktische Forschungen auf dem Gebiete des Spätlateins uns des frühen Mittellateins (Uppsala, 1943), p. ’ 31 Formulae Andecavenses no. 1c (MGH Formulae, p.

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