“writing of the highest order.”
– Amazon Pick of the Month
“an epic of contemporary small unit combat… a stinging indictment of our strategy.
–Eliot Cohen: Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime
“views the Afghan war through the lens of 50 Marines in the Third Platoon—half of whom did not return home…The title derives from the two-and-a-half-mile circuit the platoon patrolled every day for six months—a total of one million steps…Sending Marines into places like Sangin, expecting that the population and the Afghan army would then hold what the Marines dearly gained was an illusion.”
– Publishers Weekly
“Stunning, sobering, and brilliantly written… Every presidential candidate should read it… … a first step to rethinking 13 years of strategic failure.
– Newt Gingrich
“One of the most intrepid military journalists, West delivers a heart wrenching account of one platoon’s fight”
– Bill Bennett, host of “Morning in America”
“Bing has seen more war than most professional soldiers…utterly gripping – and utterly different from the sanitized picture.”
– Max Boot, author of Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare
“Bing uses his infantry experience in Vietnam to great advantage…The losses of life and limb are devastating… the frustration of seeing such great sacrifices…to what end?”
– Brigadier General Thomas Draude, USMC (Ret)
“West has created another masterpiece of war reporting… he was there, mired in the mud and blood with his fellow marines. If you want a firsthand account of small unit, infantry combat this book is it, and few others will ever top it.
– Colonel Gian Gentile, author of Wrong Turn: America’s Deadly Embrace of Counterinsurgency