The Fighting 69th

  • by Sean Michael Flynn
  • Narrated by Erik Steele
  • 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On the eve of September 11, 2001, New York City's famous National Guard regiment, the fighting 69th Infantry, was not fit for duty. Most of its soldiers were immigrant kids with no prior military experience, their uniforms were incomplete, and their equipment was derelict. The thought of deploying such a unit was laughable. Sean Flynn, himself a member of the 69th, memorably chronicles the transformation of this motley band of amateur soldiers into a battle-hardened troop at work in one of the most lethal quarters of Baghdad: the notorious Airport Road, a blood-soaked strand that grabbed headlines and became a bellwether for progress in post-invasion Iraq. At home on the concrete and asphalt like no other unit in the U.S. Army, Gotham's Fighting 69th brought justice to this lawless precinct by ignoring Army discipline and turning to the street-fighting tactics they grew up with. The Fighting 69th is the story of how regular citizens come to grips with challenges far starker than what they have been prepared for - a candid look at who our soldiers are, and what they do when faced with their toughest challenges.

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Impressive and inspiring

War is a complicated affair. Politics and politicians, war-mongers and protestors, soldiers and civilians... each believes in their viewpoints, and we are seldom blessed with an objective author. This book may very well be written by one.

Although the book was long, I couldn't bear to stop listening. There was no over-dramatization, pretentious heroism, or self-righteous preaching. This was a guided tour by an articulate journalist that shared with the audience the transformational journey of the fighting 69th.

If you want to believe that all soldiers are honorable, unselfish, and perfect men, this book will not appease you. If you want to know about the solider as a fallible, yet able to grow then this will be a delight. This book will leave you impressed by the men and the author, and it will inspire you to embrace the U.S. soldiers as the embodiement of what makes America great: spirit.
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- Gryphon

Best book on Iraq

This book starts slow with guys backgrounds and overdevelops the setting and characters in the first half. I guess the author wanted to be sure we understood the 69th was great but was in a shambles now. Post 9/11 it all changes and that's when the second half starts an the book gets really good. It gives the listener a real sense for the politics, and situation in Iraq. This is all real, not fiction which makes it a great story. The players are real people and all heroes (in the end). I strongly rcommend this book with 5-stars.
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- H. Connelly "Mojo Risen"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-26-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.