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One Million Steps - A Marine Platoon at War

Bing West

Battalion 3/5 suffered the highest number of casualties in the war in Afghanistan. This is the story of one platoon in that distinguished battalion. Aware of U.S. plans to withdraw from the country, knowing their efforts were only a footprint in the sand, the fifty Marines of 3rd Platoon fought in Sangin, the most dangerous district in all of Afghanistan. So heavy were the casualties that the Secretary of Defense offered to pull the Marines out. Instead, they pushed forward. Each Marine in 3rd Platoon patrolled two and a half miles a day for six months-a total of one million steps-in search of a ghostlike enemy that struck without warning. Why did the Marines attack and attack, day after day? Every day brought a new skirmish. Each footfall might trigger an IED. Half the Marines in 3rd Platoon didn't make it intact to the end of the tour. One Million Steps is the story of the fifty brave men who faced these grim odds and refused to back down. Based on Bing West's embeds with 3rd Platoon, as well as on their handwritten log, this is a gripping grunt's-eye view of life on the front lines of America's longest war. Writing with a combat veteran's compassion for the fallen, West also offers a damning critique of the higher-ups who expected our warriors to act as nation-builders-and whose failed strategy put American lives at unnecessary risk. Each time a leader was struck down, another rose up to take his place. How does one man instill courage in another? What welded these men together as firmly as steel plates? This remarkable book is the story of warriors caught between a maddening, unrealistic strategy and their unswerving commitment to the fight. Fearsome, inspiring, and poignant in its telling, One Million Steps is sure to become a classic, a unique and enduring testament to the American warrior spirit. Praise for One Million Steps "West shows the reality of modern warfare in a way that is utterly gripping."-Max Boot, author of Invisible Armies "A gripping, boot-level account of Marines in Af

Battalion 3/5 suffered the highest number of casualties in the war in Afghanistan. This is the story of one platoon in that distinguished battalion. Aware of U.S. plans to withdraw from the country, knowing their efforts were only a footprint in the sand, the fifty Marines of 3rd Platoon fought in Sangin, the most dangerous district in all of Afghanistan. So heavy were the casualties that the Secretary of Defense offered to pull the Marines out. Instead, they pushed forward. Each Marine in 3rd Platoon patrolled two and a half miles a day for six months-a total of one million steps-in search of a ghostlike enemy that struck without warning. Why did the Marines attack and attack, day after day? Every day brought a new skirmish. Each footfall might trigger an IED. Half the Marines in 3rd Platoon didn't make it intact to the end of the tour. One Million Steps is the story of the fifty brave men who faced these grim odds and refused to back down. Based on Bing West's embeds with 3rd Platoon, as well as on their handwritten log, this is a gripping grunt's-eye view of life on the front lines of America's longest war. Writing with a combat veteran's compassion for the fallen, West also offers a damning critique of the higher-ups who expected our warriors to act as nation-builders-and whose failed strategy put American lives at unnecessary risk. Each time a leader was struck down, another rose up to take his place. How does one man instill courage in another? What welded these men together as firmly as steel plates? This remarkable book is the story of warriors caught between a maddening, unrealistic strategy and their unswerving commitment to the fight. Fearsome, inspiring, and poignant in its telling, One Million Steps is sure to become a classic, a unique and enduring testament to the American warrior spirit. Praise for One Million Steps "West shows the reality of modern warfare in a way that is utterly gripping."-Max Boot, author of Invisible Armies "A gripping, boot-level account of Marines in Af
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Battalion 3/5 suffered the highest number of casualties in the war in Afghanistan. This is the story of one platoon in that distinguished battalion. Aware of U.S. plans to withdraw from the country, knowing their efforts were only a footprint in the sand, the fifty Marines of 3rd Platoon fought in Sangin, the most dangerous district in all of Afghanistan. So heavy were the casualties that the Secretary of Defense offered to pull the Marines out. Instead, they pushed forward. Each Marine in 3rd Platoon patrolled two and a half miles a day for six months-a total of one million steps-in search of a ghostlike enemy that struck without warning. Why did the Marines attack and attack, day after day? Every day brought a new skirmish. Each footfall might trigger an IED. Half the Marines in 3rd Platoon didn't make it intact to the end of the tour. One Million Steps is the story of the fifty brave men who faced these grim odds and refused to back down. Based on Bing West's embeds with 3rd Platoon, as well as on their handwritten log, this is a gripping grunt's-eye view of life on the front lines of America's longest war. Writing with a combat veteran's compassion for the fallen, West also offers a damning critique of the higher-ups who expected our warriors to act as nation-builders-and whose failed strategy put American lives at unnecessary risk. Each time a leader was struck down, another rose up to take his place. How does one man instill courage in another? What welded these men together as firmly as steel plates? This remarkable book is the story of warriors caught between a maddening, unrealistic strategy and their unswerving commitment to the fight. Fearsome, inspiring, and poignant in its telling, One Million Steps is sure to become a classic, a unique and enduring testament to the American warrior spirit. Praise for One Million Steps "West shows the reality of modern warfare in a way that is utterly gripping."-Max Boot, author of Invisible Armies "A gripping, boot-level account of Marines in Af

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ray Porter

Length:

7h 30m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:12


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:07


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:27


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:38


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:26


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:47


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:42


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:09


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:00


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:22


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:46


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:46


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:32


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:55


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:47


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:57


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:38


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:54


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:30


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:20


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:12


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:26


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:48


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:27


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:37


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:28


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:55


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:14


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:52


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:08


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:24


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:08


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:43


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:49


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:41


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:24


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:58


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:25


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:01


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:27


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:48


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:19


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:51


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:57


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:59


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:58


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:38


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:46


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:40


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:49


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:14


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:26


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:35


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:00


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:33


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:43


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:44


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:11


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:57


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:04


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:07


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:55


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:12


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:34


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:11


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

00:25