"Finally, a readable, honest and gritty account of the dangerous, exhausting labor that keeps 'The Green Machine' going. There is no 'rear echelon;' there are only Marines. Without platoons like the one Clement describes, our ground forces could not function." - Bing West, author of The Village and No True Glory
"[K]ey lessons that can be taken from this excellent book are applicable to a myriad of other professions...Jeff Clement wrote an interesting and honest account of his failure and victories, I hope we can all learn from it." - Huffington Post
"Jeff Clement has written a superb account of a young Marine officer's day-to-day life in the complex combat environment of today's conflicts." - Gen Anthony C. Zinni USMC (Ret), former CENTCOM Commander and author of The Battle for Peace
"...one of the best war memoirs I've ever read...[Clement] pulls [it] together into a tight book that moves fast... It's really a moving, inspiring work, that's enjoyable as hell, as well." - Stan R. Mitchell, author of Sold Out and Soldier On
From the Author
I am not a hero. I didn't do anything crazy or make an incredibly selfless sacrifice for a fellow Marine. They aren't going to make a movie about me. But that's why this book matters. This is the story of an average guy in Afghanistan.