The Root: The Marines in Beirut,August 1982-February 1984

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Zenith Press, Apr 22, 2005 - History - 512 pages
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It was early one morning in October 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon. Terrorists drove a truck loaded with 12,000 pounds of explosives into the atrium of a building housing the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit. The explosives were detonated, razing the four-story steel and concrete building, killing 241 Americans, and injuring many more. Shortly thereafter, the U.S. pulled its forces out of Beruit. Within months of the attack, author Eric Hammel was granted an historic opportunity to interview survivors of the bombing and those who came to their rescue. This book is their story and captures the Marines' mission in Lebanon, including largely unreported battles fought in and around Beirut. Using recollections from the nearly 200 people interviewed, the book recounts in vivid detail the terrorist attack on unit headquarters, and how the survivors came out alive.
  

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User Review  - M Gregory - Goodreads

Insider details of calamity in Beirut. A good sense of the lived experience of our men in a hostile, complex environment. Read full review

Review: The Root: The Marines in Beirut, August 1982-February 1984

User Review  - Fredrick Danysh - Goodreads

In 1982 the US Marines entered Beirut as part of a multi-national peace keeping force. After the US Embassy was bombed the Marine presence was increased. On October 23, 1983 a truck bomb exploded ... Read full review

Contents

Beirut Area
20
Evolution of The Mission
31
To the Brink
85
United States Multinational Force Area
92
United States MNF Compound Airport Terminal
106
First Blood
115
The September War
169
CeasePire
247
BLT HQ and Immediate Area at Moment
296
1st Deck
299
Rescue Operation 328
388
Parting Shots
397
HEADQUARTERS BUILDING
402
EPILOGUE
421
BEIRUT IN HINDSIGHT
427
Rules of Engagement
433

The Bomb
285
The Rescue 327
290

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About the author (2005)

Eric Hammel is a critically acclaimed military historian and author of more than thirty combat and pictorial histories, including the extremely popular Iwo Jima: Portrait of a Battle (Zenith Press 2006). He lives in Northern California.

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