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

Donovan Campbell

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When Donovan Campbell's platoon deployed to Ramadi in the spring of 2004, they believed they'd be spending most of their time building schools, training police, and making friends with the citizens. But shortly after arriving, when Campbell awoke to the chilling cry of "Jihad, Jihad, Jihad!" echoing from minaret to minaret across the city, he knew they had an altogether different situation on their hands. For nearly the entire day, Joker-One-the forty-man infantry platoon that Campbell was charged with leading-fought house-to-house to rescue other units, sometimes trading grenades with their enemies from just a few feet away. In the days and months that followed, hundreds of hard-core insurgents launched simultaneous attacks on the Marine forces in Ramadi, their ranks swelled by thousands of local volunteers drawn from the citizens of a city whose primary export was officers in Saddam Hussein's army. By the fall of 2004, nearly half the men in Campbell's platoon had been wounded in some of the fiercest urban fighting since Vietnam; less than a month after they withdrew, the forces in Ramadi were doubled, then tripled. Although Joker One is set in Iraq, the book's themes-brotherhood, honor, and sacrifice-are universal. Campbell shows us how his Marines' patience, discipline, and love for one another created a whole that is much greater than the sum of its parts, and how the essential goodness of these men remains unchanged by all of the pain and the terror surrounding them. His sharp-eyed, evocative, and unflinching account of his deployment is just as impressive as the man himself-a man who chose to enter the military because of his patriotism, sense of privilege, and deep religious faith when most of his Princeton classmates were cashing in their ivy league educations for lucrative careers among the financial elite. The vivid and gripping battle scenes will satisfy fans of military memoirs, but it's Campbell's sense of duty, faith, and love for his men that makes Joker One a truly extraordinary account of a wa

Language:

English

Narrators:

David Drummond

Length:

11h 40m


Chapters

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05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:35


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

18:40


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

18:43


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

14:58


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

39:57


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

32:57


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

12:56


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

23:38


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

12:02


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

17:37


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

17:05


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

07:07


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

25:37


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

14:10


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

10:48


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

35:53


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

22:12


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

31:04


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

20:44


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

36:40


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

13:05


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

16:30


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

22:29


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

06:57


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

13:32


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

15:58


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

36:04


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

11:00


Part 4, Chapter 28
Part 4, Chapter 28

16:30


Part 4, Chapter 29
Part 4, Chapter 29

10:17


Part 4, Chapter 30
Part 4, Chapter 30

08:26


Part 4, Chapter 31
Part 4, Chapter 31

38:29


Part 4, Chapter 32
Part 4, Chapter 32

09:58


Part 4, Chapter 33
Part 4, Chapter 33

18:26


Part 4, Chapter 34
Part 4, Chapter 34

06:21


Part 4, Chapter 35
Part 4, Chapter 35

14:24


Part 5, Chapter 36
Part 5, Chapter 36

08:08


Part 5, Chapter 37
Part 5, Chapter 37

10:29


Part 5, Chapter 38
Part 5, Chapter 38

09:27


Part 5, Chapter 39
Part 5, Chapter 39

00:22