We Were One: Shoulder to Shoulder with the Marines Who Took Fallujah

By Patrick K. Ou2018Donnell
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6.68 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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The platoon included four pairs of best friends. Each of the four would lose a best friend forever. Five months after being deployed to Iraq, Lima Company’s First Platoon became one of the first American forces to enter Fallujah, where they encountered some of the most intense hand-to-hand combat since World War II. Civilians were used as human shields or as bait to lure soldiers into buildings rigged with explosives; suicide bombers approached from every corner hoping to die and take Americans with them; radical insurgents, high on adrenaline, fought to the death. Award-winning author and historian Patrick O’Donnell stood shoulder to shoulder with Lima Company’s First Platoon as they fought through the streets of Fallujah, their casualties mounting. This is their story.

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The platoon included four pairs of best friends. Each of the four would lose a best friend forever.

Five months after being deployed to Iraq, Lima Company’s First Platoon became one of the first American forces to enter Fallujah, where they encountered some of the most intense hand-to-hand combat since World War II. Civilians were used as human shields or as bait to lure soldiers into buildings rigged with explosives; suicide bombers approached from every corner hoping to die and take Americans with them; radical insurgents, high on adrenaline, fought to the death. Award-winning author and historian Patrick O’Donnell stood shoulder to shoulder with Lima Company’s First Platoon as they fought through the streets of Fallujah, their casualties mounting. This is their story.

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Editorial Reviews

“[O’Donnell’s] most important accomplishment among many is to put a human face on the troopsRead O’Donnell’s excellent book and you will know that they are indeed, as were each preceding generation, ‘The Greatest.’” New York Post
“[O’Donnell] introduces the reader to the real world of combat…his fierce joy at a successful action and deep grief at the Marine casualties come through to the reader in vivid form. This is one of the finest accounts of infantry action that has been published in a very long time…Combat veterans have always known that civilian family and friends can never understand nor appreciate the experiences they have gone through. This unforgettable book, however, goes a long way toward helping.” Bookpage

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Author Bio: Patrick K. O’Donnell

Patrick K. O’Donnell is a bestselling military historian and the critically acclaimed author of numerous books, including Beyond Valor, Dog Company, and First SEALs. He has provided historical consulting for DreamWorks’ award-winning miniseries Band of Brothers and for documentaries produced by the BBC, the History Channel, and Fox News.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 6.68
Audience: Adult
Language: English