I thought it was well written. I disagreed with some of his decisions on the battlefield, but they were his decisions to make. As a former Marine Officer, I enjoyed the OCS and TBS sections especially. Fick is certainly entitled to his feelings on the war and based on those feelings he probably made the right decision to get out of the Corps. All in all a good listen.
The author's view of the Marine Corps, Iraq and Recon is exactly what I would expect from a junior officer who served his minimum mandatory time in the Corps. I fear the author has watched too many Vietnam movies and is quite full of himself. He doesn't understand the big picture and he certainly doesn't understand "Mission Accomplishment”. He over-dramatizes his experiences in Iraq and his liberal views on the GWOT manifest through his disobedience to several orders. His failure to devote his allotted time in the reconnaissance of the "Amusement Park" probably cost U.S. Troops lives. Many Marines experienced tougher fights than 1st Recon in Iraq, and they don't claim to see insurgents on the field at Antietam, or swerve under over passes on US freeways. In conclusion, Nathaniel Fick is a Drama Queen that proves you can take the boy out of Dartmouth, but you can't take Dartmouth out of the boy.
Excellent. Lt. Fick is blatantly honest in his assessment of life before,during and after his time as an Officer in the USMC. Well written, clear and concise.
Book gives us reason to be proud of the marines and their traditions. A decent read.
It was OK. I usually enjoy this type book but... it just did not have it.
This is a very good book. Shows the hard training and the difficulities of war. A must read especially for anyone that has never been in the service.
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