The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the United States Marines Paperback – October 12, 2004
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"It is one thing to know about Marines. It is another to know the sting of battle. To tell the true story of combat up close and personal, the authors must be there on the scene with the Marines in action ... That is exactly what the reader gets in The March Up.... An excellent look at Marine combat at its best in the 21st century."—Marine Corps Gazette
“This is the face of war as only those who have fought it can describe it.”—Senator John McCain
“This book will stand as the definitive account about the nature of ground combat as we enter the 21st century. A gripping and honest account of war as told by two distinguished veterans.”—James Schlesinger, former Secretary of Defense and former Director of Central Intelligence
“An important and unflinching chronicle of contemporary warfare. Regardless of one’s position on the war in Iraq—on any war—The March Up speaks with authority and legitimacy and cuts to the very bone to reveal the experience of the modern fighting infantryman.” —General Anthony C. Zinni, USMC (Ret.), former Commander in Chief, Central Command
From the Inside Flap
No one reporting on the war in Iraq had the unique battlefield clearance afforded the authors of this dramatic eyewitness account. Unlike embedded journalists confined to a single unit, West and Smith acquired a captured yellow SUV and joined with whatever unit was leading the assault every day of the fight. The result is a report of what really happened from the heart of the action unlike anything youll read anywhere else.
While we will move swiftly and aggressively against those who resist, we will treat all others with decency, demonstrating chivalry and soldierly compassion for people who have endured a lifetime under Saddams oppression.Major General J.N. Mattis, 1st Marine Division, Commanding
Here is the story that can be told only by those who actually wi
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0553382691
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553382693
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
- Publisher : Bantam; Reprint edition (October 12, 2004)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #448,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are a lot of insights here about Gen Mattis, currently a proposed nominee for Secretary of Defense.