One Bullet Away

This memoir by a former captain in the Marines' Recon Battalion takes us inside boot camp and combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. While much of the material will seem familiar (e.g., anyone who hasn't experienced war can never understand its transformative power), Fick is a vivid storyteller. Now at Harvard's Kennedy and business schools, Fick makes a fascinating contribution to the growing shelf of soldier's tales with his insight into the minds of today's young officers.