Joker One: A Marine Platoon's Story of Courage, Leadership, and Brotherhood

By Donovan Campbell
Binding:Paperback
Publisher:Random House Trade Paperbacks, (1/12/2010)
Language:English



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After graduating from Princeton, Donovan Campbell wanted to give back to his country, engage in the world, and learn to lead. So he joined the service, becoming a commander of a forty-man infantry platoon called Joker One. Campbell had just months to train and transform a ragtag group of brand-new Marines into a first-rate cohesive fighting unit, men who would become his family. They were assigned to Ramadi, the capital of the Sunni-dominated Anbar province that was an explosion just waiting to happen. And when it did happen—with the chilling cries of "Jihad, Jihad, Jihad!" echoing from minaret to minaret—Campbell and company were there to protect the innocent, battle the insurgents, and pick up the pieces.

Thrillingly told by the man who led the unit of hard-pressed Marines, Joker One is a gripping tale of a leadership and loyalty.
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A true-life account of a Marine platoon's experiences in Iraq written by the platoon commander, Lieutenant Campbell.  There is no romanticism here, but neither is there a lot of gore and political opinion of whether or not US troops should be there or not.  This is simply the story of a bunch of young guys and their caring for each other in a time of danger.  It gave a good picture of both hardships endured, but also of the cohesiveness of the unit and their willingness to do what was necessary to protect each other and to do their best to do their duty to the people of Iraq, and to serve the USA to the best of their ability. 

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"Joker One: A Marine Platoon's Story of Courage, Leadership, and Brotherhood"
By Donovan Campbell

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