Advance Praise for The Unforgiving Minute
Keenly intelligent war memoir whose central question is, What is a man?
A philosophically ambitious account of coming to adulthood. Kirkus Reviews
Craig Mullaney has lived every kind of American lifehe has been a working- mans son, a prize scholar, a soldierand whats come out of it is a classic memoir about what it means to be American. By marching so many terrains, he has covered the subjects central to every life: courage, pain, loyalty, honor, friendship, love and the tests any good life faces, year by year, minute by minute. He has also produced a page-turner, a brutally honest account of West Point life, the innocence-abandoned experiences of an American abroad at Oxford, and ultimately an indelible story of life and death on the battlefield. In words his squadmates might recognize, I recommend The Unforgiving Minute
without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion.
David Lipsky, contributing editor to Rolling Stone Magazine and author of the New York Times
bestseller Absolutely American
The Unforgiving Minute
is the ultimate's soldier's bookuniversal in its raw emotion and its understanding of the larger issues of life and death. Mullaney, a master storyteller, plunges the depths of self-doubt, endurance, and courage. The result: a riveting, suspenseful human story, beautifully told. This is a book written under firea lyrical, spellbinding tale of war, love, and courage. The Unforgiving Minute
is the Three Cups of Tea
Ahmed Rashid, author of the New York Times
and Descent into Chaos
Mullaney writes a great storya true privilege to read. Entertaining, balanced, and graceful, The Unforgiving Minute
is a powerful narrative of purpose, responsibility, courage, and personal growth. Every young man and woman in America should read this book, and aspire to his standard of public service.
General Wesley Clark, USA (Ret.)
The Unforgiving Minute is one of the most compelling memoirs yet to emerge from Americas 9/11 era. Craig Mullaney has given us an unusually honest, funny, accessible, and vivid account of a soldiers coming of age. This is more than a soldiers story; it is a work of literature.
Steve Coll, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ghost Wars
and The Bin Ladens
The Unforgiving Minute
is the poignant true story of a young mans unusual education from the classrooms of West Point and Oxford to his development as a leader, son, brother, husband and friend. In this powerful book, we share in the remarkable experiences of a Rhodes Scholar, and the heartache and pride of a soldier. I admire Craig Mullaneys courage, and thank him for his service.
Senator Richard Lugar, former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Craig Mullaney is an exemplar of the next great generation of Americans, those who are serving and sacrificing on the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq. This is a compelling, cant-put-down book, a well-written, memorable description of preparing for war and leading in combat.
Joe Klein, Time Magazine political columnist and author of New York Times
bestseller Primary Colors
No matter how many books you have read about the rigors of basic training and the terrors of war, you should read this one. Mullaney's keen eye for detail, lively narrative style, and capacity for self-reflectionunusual in many soldiersmake an old story new and gripping.
Anne-Marie Slaughter, Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
Craig Mullaney adds his name to the very few among of us who have the intelligence, sensitivity and skill to share the unforgiving sadness and the unparalleled joy of leading men and women in combat. The Unforgiving Minute
should be required reading for all who serve in the White House and Congress and for those who aspire to leadership. Read it. Twice.
Paul Bucha, West Point Class of 1965, Medal of Honor recipient and past president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society
Craig Mullaney puts the reader in the muddy boots of a combat leader as he marches a path from West Point to Afghanistan and back again. Weaving action and reflection, The Unforgiving Minute
is fast-paced, entertaining, and rich with insight and wisdom. A great debut from a leader to watch.
General Barry McCaffrey, USA (Ret.)
Intimate and evocative in the tradition of the best coming-of-age memoirs, The Unforgiving Minute
accurately captures what it is to prepare for the ultimate responsibility of leading soldiers in war, a demand as much intellectual as physical, as much about compassion as discipline. By turns thoughtful, hilarious, gut-wrenching, and inspiring, The Unforgiving Minute
is as gripping and addictive as it is perceptive and honest.
Lieutenant General F.L. Hagenbeck, U.S. Army
"Craig Mullaney has served his country twice: first by leading his men at war, and now by remembering. He has done both with skill and honor. Mullaney's memoir is the thinking soldiers guide to modern combat, told with a novelist's eye for detail and a philosopher's penchant for perspective. It is a story well worth reading."
Bill Murphy Jr., author of IN A TIME OF WAR: The Proud & Perilous Journey of West Point's Class of 2002
No one describes more clearly how a boy becomes a man than Craig Mullaney in this masterpiece of self-awareness. No American can read this book and ever again forget what we owe to others for giving to us a society filled with so many choices that we have the freedom to make for ourselves.
David L. Boren, former U.S. Senator and longest serving chairman of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee
An honest account of the closeness and the distance between a father and a son and the highs and lows of military life. A heart-breaking account of what it is like to be responsible for the life and death of America's most precious asset: the Combat Warrior. A must read for all combat leaders.
Lieutenant General Ronald Coleman, U.S. Marine Corps
"The Unforgiving Minute
tells the story of a fiercely passionate young man and provides important insight into a new greatest generationhis comrades in arms who serve in a time of war. Read this book to get a sense of their courage and sacrifice."
Lieutenant Colonel John Nagl, USA (Ret.), author of Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife
The Unforgiving Minute
is a literate and thoughtful memoir that is a valuable contribution to both the genre and to our understanding of contemporary conflict.
Andrew Exum, author of This Man's Army The Unforgiving Minute
is a wonderful, beautifully written story of the education and development of a young soldier-scholar, the coming of age of an infantry officer, and the exercise of a small unit leader's responsibilities in a tough, complex, and frustrating situation in Afghanistan. It captures particularly eloquently and movingly the relationships among those who walk point for our nation as part of that most elite of fraternities, the brotherhood of the close fight.
A poignant and evocative book about the great hurdles in coming of age: love, death, belief, and betrayal
I couldnt stop reading.
Nathaniel Fick, author of The New York Times
bestseller One Bullet Away
Craig Mullaneys memoir is a story of our time, from West Point to combat in Afghanistan and back. A thousand years from now, historians wanting to know about life in America after 9/11 would do well to look at this book. Equally important, it is an enjoyable and honest book. Read it.
Thomas E. Ricks, author of Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq
, and senior military correspondent for The Washington Post,
The young Army officer at the center of this tale provides a searing and honest account, full of small victories, significant losses, and eventually the greatest of all triumphs: self-awareness and understanding. This is a marvelous read, full of life lessons on every page, written in a modest and unflinching stylea classic memoir.
Admiral James Stavridis, Commander, U.S. Southern Command