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In my opinion this is an award winner. It is a heroic story, well written and very moving. This book made me think of the sacrafices being made every day by the young people of todays Military. Its a tear jerker and easly becomes a movie in your mind when listening to it. If you download this, put some time away for yourself because you wont be able to stop listening.
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This is the story of an American kid who gets it in his mind to join the Marines and test his own mettle. From there, he becomes a true hero and achieves honor, recognition and standing among his peers, themselves members of an elite. Issues of the politics of the war aside, this is an incredibly moving account of men at war. We see Corporal Dunham exhibiting a model of personal leadership that is distinct from the brute force command style championed by a rival in his platoon. Dunham leads along side his men, earning their trust and affection to the point that his men *wanted* to do what he instructed them to do. Dunham was such a sacrificial leader that when an enemy grenade threatened the safety of his men, he took the blow himself and saved their lives. This story was not only fascinating, but inspiring and moving. I found myself choking back tears at several points in the story. Powerfully written, deeply detailed, and striking to the core. Maybe the finest personal war story that I've read. Semper Fi and rest in peace, Cpl. Jason Dunham.