Joker One: A Marine Platoon's Story of Courage, Leadership, and Brotherhood

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 10, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
After graduating from Princeton, Donovan Campbell wanted to give back to his country, engage in the world, and learn to lead. So he joined the service, becoming a commander of a forty-man infantry platoon called Joker One. Campbell had just months to train and transform a ragtag group of brand-new Marines into a first-rate cohesive fighting unit, men who would become his family. They were assigned to Ramadi, the capital of the Sunni-dominated Anbar province that was an explosion just waiting to happen. And when it did happen—with the chilling cries of "Jihad, Jihad, Jihad!" echoing from minaret to minaret—Campbell and company were there to protect the innocent, battle the insurgents, and pick up the pieces. 

Thrillingly told by the man who led the unit of hard-pressed Marines, Joker One is a gripping tale of a leadership and loyalty.
 

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Written by a Marine Officer leading his platoon into combat for the first time, a hardcore look at the war on the ground in Iraq, and the coming of age by the men who fought it. Read full review

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Written for Library Thing Early Reviewers: A thoughtful, detailed look by a Princeton grad cum Marine officer at bringing together a unit of Marines to be battle-ready, and then going to his first ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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Section 4
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Section 5
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Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 22
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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About the author (2009)

Donovan Campbell graduated with honors from Princeton University and Harvard Business School, finished first in his class at the Marines’ Basic Officer Course, and served three combat deployments–two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon and a Bronze Star with Valor for his time in Iraq. He is now working for PepsiCo and living in Dallas, Texas, with his wife and daughter.

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