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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: #524,786 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
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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 Joyce Faulkner on August 28, 2008
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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. Ambitious author Andrew Lubin divides his attention between four perspectives -- the Marine Corps, the course of the early stages of the Iraq War, the impact of the experience on the young men of Charlie Battery -- and the emotions of their relatives.

In many ways, "Charlie Battery" is like all war stories. Bored boys decide to become warriors. They join the service of their choice. They train. They gain confidence. They bond. War is declared. They prepare for battle -- both mentally and physically. They travel to distant, forlorn places. They wait. They attack. There are set-backs and mistakes. Some die. They either succeed or not. They come home -- both proud of what they've achieved and saddened by what they've seen. It's a well-known saga. Unfortunately, it's a story that's evergreen.

This author writes with great affection about the Marine Corps. He is uniquely qualified for the task. Both his mother and father were Marines -- and now, as "Charlie Battery" opens, his son Philip has joined the Corps just in time to participate in the invasion of Iraq. Andrew Lubin paints a portrait of the US Marine Corps as an organization focused on being the best trained and most ferocious fighters in the world. They are proud to be "the point of the spear" -- and eager to take on all missions impossible their country requires. "Charlie Battery" forces the reader to close his/her eyes and remember generation after generation of determined Marines throwing themselves into battle -- from Tripoli to Belleau Wood to Iwo Jima to the Chosin Reservoir to Vietnam, the Gulf War and Iraq -- it's both a horrifying and comforting thought.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cathy L. Holm on April 27, 2007
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Andrew Lubin has created a mesh of home and war in this book. His sprinkling of Marine historical and cultural tales does the heritage & tradition of this valiant institution its due respect. The vignettes of parents, wives and girlfriends helped me to understand that I was not the only "crazy" Marine parent in the USA during that time period, as I read I knew there are other "pod people" out there. The experience of sending a child to war is unique, filled with emotion and, in light of the embedded reports of this conflict, a true roller coaster. Dr. Lubin has mastered the descriptions and captured my heart through his love of HIS Marines, by making his Charlie Battery ours through his use of wording and insightful views into their own personal world of ups and downs throughout.

Especially poignant to the story is the juxtaposition chosen by the Marines Corps to take these young men and place them into an artillery assignment--train them continuously in their usual role of war from a distance... Then, depressurize them from the experience of An Nasiriyah through a tour of the crescent triangle during the Easter season, culminating in an assignment of such a close personal nature as pat-searches of the local civilians moving through a bridge check-point. The care and feeding of these Marines by their Officers and SNCOs prepared them for this journey, which ultimately became a coming of age story. It is honest, and time will hopefully allow it to join the ranks of the historical lessons young Marines are taught during their boot camp experience.

Excellent story...filled with special insight and description by Dr. Lubin...I recommend it to everyone, especially my Marine Mom pals! Thanx so much, Dr.
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