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The Majestic Twelve: The True Story of the Most Feared Combat Escort Unit in Baghdad Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 19, 2010

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; First Edition edition (January 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312561210
  • ASIN: B004IK9FHM
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,479,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

One unexpected aspect of the Iraq war was how quickly it developed into a struggle for control of the roads against an enemy increasingly expert in every kind of ambush technique, from remote-controlled improvised explosive devices to civilian-screened ambushes. Not for a century had U.S. forces' responses been so correspondingly ad hoc. Lynch, a retired master sergeant, is a marine of the old school who brought 23 years' experience as an infantryman to the problem. His solution was to create a convoy security force, the Majestic Twelve (which borrowed its name from the purported committee of scientists formed to investigate UFO activity). They were volunteers, individualists impatient with the routines of straight duty and bonded by a mission. The team made over 200 escort runs, never lost a man, and had a set of dramatic combat experiences and run-ins with higher authorities. Lynch, however, controls his narrative by blunt honesty about even his sexual urges after a fight. This is a useful addition to a growing body of Iraq War combat literature. 10 b&w photos. (Jan.)
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A valuable addition to Iraq War literature, this is the portrait of of a particularly effective convoy-escort team. Army and marine personnel joined to carry out one of the most hazardous duties in Iraq, escorting supply convoys along roads beset by snipers, ambushes, and increasingly sophisticated improvised explosive devices. The Lynches vividly depict the team welding itself together as well as the distressing lack of support it sometimes received from the rest of the American military. Master Sergeant Jack Lynch emerges as a senior marine NCO in the classic mold, not always a happy warrior when he confronts marines not much interested in fighting, but one thoroughly loyal to the men for whom he has responsibility. No fighting force can do without such men; the marines have the sense not to try. --Roland Green

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Julia Gwin on August 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The author has captured well the details of his experiences, thoughts and emotions while putting together a convoy security team with scant support and equipment. Not being a military person myself, I was shocked to discover that any service member would have to beg, borrow and even steal the necessary offensive and defensive equipment to perform what should be a fundamental task in war, even as the soldiers were fairly well supplied with comfort needs having nothing to do with combat and defense. Our government does so few things well, but I thought surely the military was one of them. The standard operating procedure for the convoy was established by the author with approval from "higher" prior to the first mission. The SOP was aggressively to respond to any enemy threats or actions against the convoy. It seems most convoys would run away from any aggression, thus emboldening the enemy and encouraging more attacks.

The team was composed of volunteers, some of whom actually extended their tours in order to participate. This speaks volumes to me of the character and courage of the men who made up the team. Their extraordinary love for and loyalty to each other is inspiring.

A very nice feature of this book is the index. So many names and places are mentioned, it is hard to keep track. The index lists all the names and places and gives a page number where these are mentioned. True to his blunt, in-your-face honesty, Lynch names the names of the weenies and cowards and places these in the index, together with a synopsis of their misdeeds. The index mentions everyone, not just the less-than-honorable, but I was edified to see the good and bad all referenced together - no special favors.

The author is bluntly honest about his feelings.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on February 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
`The Majestic Twelve' is a book that with no holds barred, neither opinions (political or military) or in its' language describes the war in Iraq. It is from a marine's viewpoint and many of his descriptions of life describe what the ground forces face in the army too. Although one must be aware of the marine's more elite status as a force, (always has been from the draft army to the volunteer army of today).
The conflict in Iraq needs to be delved into. Master Sergeant Lynch describes having to pay $1,500 for protective plates, and fighting without the equipment he should have had. I can attest that this is all too true even from the beginning of the Gulf War, having watched good logistics men reduced to frustration and then deception to try to supply their units with what should have been theirs with no question. This book shows the real life military, not what is in the movies or even in the reporting of newsmen `on scene'. It tells the cruel truths in a readable way.
My one disagreement of Master Sergeant Lynch is with his feelings that they are looked upon as dupes serving in an illegal war - there is much anger there and it can be justified to an extent. There are always the idiots out there who will react to a uniform, but having myself and my family spit on and yelled at, at BWI airport during the Vietnam era and watching the military of today departing and coming home at that same place, there is a huge amount of support for the services today from the American people.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Edward Boeringer on January 26, 2010
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Well, since I was on the team I may be a little bias but I loved the book. Jacks personallity really comes out and he captures the experiences we went though exceptionally well, after all, he lead us. I am an avid reader and thought this book was done very well and think most who enjoy action, real life military books will enjoy it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gil Garver on June 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As I read the book, it is obvious that the author has an ax to grind, has paybacks in mind, and wishes to put himself in a favorable light. Thus a wary reader wonders if the author took much creative liberties with the truth. Interestingly enough a few of the major characters in the book have written supporting reviews. This rather does allay my suspicions. Almost all of the reviews so far have been favorable as is mine (I gave five stars), but for a different reason. The one dissent can be chalked off as a liberal with no military background whatsoever. The most maddening passages relate to the pisswillies and cowards, whose main efforts focus on thwarting and hamstringing the real combat soldiers and Marines. These kinds of people, mainly officers, were the bane of my existence when I was in the service. In Viet Nam they were called REMFs.(rear echelon MFs)The same breed of species, as the author relates, is found in abundance in Iraq. Given the Army's reward system for apple polishers, ass-kissers, slackers, ticket punchers, and eloguent memo writers, the anecdotes that are related in this book decidedly ring most true. Make no mistake, this book is not for the faint of heart or a slave to political correctness. The book does contain the musings and narratives of a hard core warrior. George Patton would heartily approve of the author's points of view.
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