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Product Details

  • Series: Hellgate Memories Series
  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: L&R Publishing; 1st edition (November 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555716423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555716424
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,861,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"CHARLIE BATTERY is a critically important contribution to community and academic library shelves...this is the fascinating and informative account of a Marine Artillery battery and their experiences in Operation Iraqi Freedom..."Charlie Battery" is compelling reading - and especially commended to military buffs and civilians... MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW, December 2006, awards "5-stars". --Midwest Book Review

Charlie Battery is great writing...this book has much more depth and feeling than any book coming out of the war to date...this book gets 5-Stars ! 2007 Gold Medal Winner for Best Military Non-Fiction --MILITARY WRITERS SOCIETY of AMERICA

"Charlie Battery is An essential addition to the book shelf of any young marine or those who would understand them. A gripping ground-level account that illuminates the boots-on-the-ground and their pivotal role in the taking of Iraq." --Kathy Roth-Douquet, Co-author of AWOL; The Unexcused Absence of America's Upper Classes from Military Service

About the Author

Andrew Lubin is rapidly becoming one of the pre-eminent writers on the history of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. With 8 embeds under his belt in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Beirut, Andrew goes out in the field and shares the same dirt, grit, fear, and excitement of with the Marines and Soldiers with whom he lives and writes. Andrew currently lives and writes in Bucks County, Pennsylvania

More About the Author

I'm an author and independent foreign correspondent who writes on the military, current events, and economic issues of today - which means I get to travel to Iraq and Afghanistan, see first-hand on what's really happening, and report back to you. It's not opinion; it's news and informed analysis.

In the past three years I've been embedded in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Beirut 10x for approx 16 months with our Marines and Soldiers, writing from a "Boots on the Ground" perspective. Lots of excitement; especially in Ramadi and parts of Afghanistan.

My work can be found primarily in "Leatherneck Magazine", Jane's Intelligence Review", and "Proceedings."

In addition to "Charlie Battery", I'm one of the co-author's of the wildly popular "Uncle John Salutes the Armed Forces", and also one of the contributing authors for Stephens Media "Valor Series"(www.american valor.net); the stories of 50 medal-winning Marines and Soldiers fighting since 2001.

It's been an interesting past few years writing about some incredible young Marines and soldiers, one of which has been my son (and how cool to see "Charlie Battery", my first book, won a few awards!) - and I hope you'll continue to come along for the ride !

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Whether you are for or against the war in Iraq, everyone should read this book.
Janemarie Smith
Andrew Lubin uses many interviews with the families and Marines to help tell the story of Charlie Battery's wartime experience.
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This book lives in the heart of what it means to be a Marine -- and what it means to those who love a Marine.
Joyce Faulkner

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. Czombos on November 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
Well, I can't sit here and talk all day about a book that I lived. but I'll try to keep it short.This book was written with incredible detail. I will never forget the people, friends and fellow Marines in this book. It is a vast amount of memories that will be with me until I die. It was kind of hard to keep up with the events as they were unfolding back then.Things happened fast and sudden. A lot of times the lack of sleep, and the fatigue wouldn't let you think of, "What just happened?", but having this book that I can pick up whenever to remember those times, and the day where I can show my grandkids what grandpa did is a gift. I will never forget my time in the Corps,or the man who wrote about us Marines in Charlie. Now I know why Vietnam vets still keep in contact with each other. I do with the Marines in this book. I will never forget who they were, what they're hometown was, or the times we went through together. Nothing could ever take the brotherhood away from us.

Semper Fi
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By d20 Gamemaster on November 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
Andrew Lubin's breakout book, a personal examinination of a U.S. Marine Corps artillery unit's experiences in the most recent Gulf War, is, in short, a triumph.

With good reason, military personnel tend to be suspicious of journalists and writers these days. Lubin has overcome this obstacle magnificently, however, and displays in this work an incredible access to his subjects--both those on the ground and those who commanded them. This allows for a level of detail, sincerity, and connection impossible in one of the "book of the week" exposes of the war. Indeed, the biggest difference between Lubin and Tom Wolf is that Lubin actually talked to the people he quotes.

With all of the bad news coming out of the Iraq war, it is encouraging to find a book that looks at the most positive aspects of those who have made the best of a bad situtation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By hburnz on October 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
"It's a very odd feeling to see your son's unit fighting
live on TV- an absolutely helpless, useless feeling. I felt
I shouldn't be where I was; I should be there next to my
son, helping him." (pg. 108)

Charlie Battery: A Marine Artillery Unit in Iraq, written by Andrew Lubin, is not a traditional war story. It does not debate the politics of Operation Iraqi Freedom. It does not focus on military intelligence and the breakdown of military maneuvers.

It does give readers a glimpse into the United States Marine Corps (USMC) through the experiences of the men of 2nd Marine Division 1/10 C Battery, as they encounter their first firefight at An Nasiriyah- an important city in Iraq, that received little attention from the Western media.

Glamour does not draw young men to the USMC; instead, it is often due to family tradition or to discover a sense of direction. Many are turned away, and those who go on to wear the uniform develop a strong attachment to their fellow Marines. They serve for their country, their family, and their comrades- and they protect what they love at all costs.

The men of Charlie Battery trained hard from beginning to end. They lived in a make-shift camp in Kuwait, sustained themselves with basic food supplies, suffered the blistering desert heat in complete protective gear to weather the sandstorms, and woke up to spiders half their size running across their chests.

Through interviews, emails, and letters, the book follows this unit from deployment to victorious return home. The first-hand accounts of these Marines describe the feel of the weapons, the anxiety of impending battle, the exhilaration of combat, and the fulfillment of peacekeeping.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. H. Brown on April 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
I had a hard time reading this book. By way of background I'm a Vietnam vet. My father told me to do my best and shook my hand when I left. I was married with a child on the way. Eight months later I was told three weeks after the fact I had a daughter. When I returned after two tours, the only welcome I got was from a young girl at San Francisco International spitting on my Class As and calling me a baby killer and warmonger; and a one armed veteran bartender at Dallas Love Field who spotted me a cold Coors and told me to get rid of the uniform as quickly as I could. My father who I took care of for the last thirteen years of his life never mentioned my service or asked me about My War. I can't remember receiving a single letter from him. Mom wrote occasionally and of course I got the letters my wife wrote almost daily along with the care packages. However, the wall of silence with my family was never broken.
Charlie Battery introduced me to the other side of the equation, a father's side of the experience of a Son's War. I pursued with avid interest Andrew Lubin's angst and pride as he followed his son from joining the United States Marine Corps, on into battle and to the end of that tour. This book should be required reading for every parent of a service member. It underscores the need to stay connected with your child even as the inescapable, inevitable, fact arrives home to roost that your son or daughter has left the nest and now wings their way upon the winds of chance in an uncertain future. The times of judgement over childish pranks and life choices need to be put away and replaced with unconditional pride and love.
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