If the Marines are "the few, the proud," Recon Marines are the fewest and the proudest. Only one Marine in a hundred qualifies for the Reconnaissance Battalion, charged with working clandestinely, often behind enemy lines. Fick"s training begins with a hellish summer at Quantico, after his junior year at Dartmouth, and advances to the pinnacleReconfour years later, on the eve of war with Iraq. Along the way, he learns to shoot a man a mile away, stays awake for seventy-two hours straight, endures interrogation and torture at the secretive SERE course, learns to swim with Navy SEALs, masters the Eleven Principles of Leadership, and much more.
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'Like the best combat memoirs, Fick's focuses on the men doing the fighting and avoids hyperbole and sensationalism.' - PW.
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