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Charlie Battery: A Marine Artillery Unit in Iraq (Hellgate Memories Series) (Hellgate Memories Series) Paperback – November 8, 2004
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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
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Couldn't help but notice all of the names that are somehow absent. Got the entire section of gun #1.......strangely enough, but virtually no one else. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Dan
I believe Andrew wrote this book for families of military members especially those in the Marine Corp. Read morePublished on March 25, 2011 by Phillip White
"If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" ...
This question considers the riddle of unperceived existence. Read more
Having worked with Andrew Lubin, and knowing his caliber of journalistic integrity, I am not surprised at the quality of the book. Read morePublished on December 23, 2010 by Colin D. Heaton
A geat book which gives a very detailed account of the events . Plus it has a lot of Marine spirit in it . I enjoyed reading it very much !Published on December 4, 2010 by Martin
It has been said that America has outsourced its wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to members of the military and their families. Sadly, this is too true. Read morePublished on October 21, 2010 by Charles W. Grau
If you have an interest in the military, and would like to read about it from a very human point of view, you'll appreciate Charlie Battery as much as I did. Read morePublished on March 19, 2010 by G. Strickland
This is one of a very few books that I can say I spent the day in bed to finish. It probably spoke to me most deeply because I have a child who, like Andrew's son, has done a few... Read morePublished on November 12, 2009 by Kathleen Van Wie