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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (179 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael M. Phillips Narrator: John Bedford Lloyd Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9780739319673
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Every day ordinary young Americans are fighting and dying in Iraq, with the same bravery, honor, and sense of duty that have distinguished American troops throughout history. One of these is Jason Dunham, a twenty-two-year-old Marine corporal from the one-stoplight town of Scio, New York, whose stunning story reporter Michael M. Phillips discovered while he was embedded with a Marine infantry battalion in the Iraqi desert. Corporal Dunham was on patrol near the Syrian borde, on April 14, 2004, when a black-clad Iraqi leaped out of a car and grabbed him around his neck. Fighting hand-to-hand in the dirt, Dunham saw his attacker drop a grenade and made the instantaneous decision to place his own helmet over the explosive in the hope of containing the blast and protecting his men. When the smoke cleared, Dunham’s helmet was in shreds, and the corporal lay face down in his own blood. The Marines beside him were seriously wounded. Dunham was subsequently nominated for the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for military valor.

Phillips’s minute-by-minute chronicle of the chaotic fighting that raged throughout the area and culminated in Dunham’s injury provides a grunt’s-eye view of war as it’s being fought today—fear, confusion, bravery, and suffering set against a brotherhood forged in combat. His account of Dunham’s eight-day journey home and of his parents’ heartrending reunion with their son powerfully illustrates the cold brutality of war and the fragile humanity of those who fight it. Dunham leaves an indelible mark upon all who know his story, from the doctors and nurses who treat him, to the readers of the original Wall Street Journal article that told of his singular act of valor. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Stands head and shoulders above previous Iraq books and will quickly [become] a 'must-read.' Proceedings Magazine, U.S. Naval Institute
  • If you have any desire to learn about the Marines, this book is well worth your time. Armchair General Magazine
  • Affecting….moving. New York Times Book Review
  • Thanks to Phillips' clear, dispassionate prose, Dunham … is becoming a symbol of the Marines. St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 1/14/2014

    " Great book sad story puts a personal touch on the war "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/28/2013

    " Realistic and gritty portrayal of life on the front lines in Iraq. Jason Dunham was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his act of heroism in saving the lives of his comrades. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zaneta Padilla | 11/5/2013

    " This book is incredible! It as a tear jerker, but I think everyone should read it, regardless of how you feel about the military. It gives a point of view not many people can experience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandy Deberry | 9/1/2013

    " This book is amazing, it was written about a friend of mine who gave his life to save that of his crew. Jason was such an awesome Marine! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Polly | 8/20/2013

    " Interesting story of an American soldier who is heroic in Iraq and suffers great injuries and ultimately dies. Good journalism by Michael Phillips "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregg | 7/23/2013

    " This was more of a medical book but it sheds light on the extraordinary acts of Cpl Dunham. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reid | 7/16/2013

    " Puts the War in Iraq in a whole different perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shanna | 6/7/2013

    " Corporal Dunham is a true American hero. This book and A Soldier's Promise are my two favorite books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 11/24/2012

    " Thank You Corp. Dunham and all of the other soldiers who paid the ultimate price not just for my freedom but for others throughout this world. Thank you to the families who have been left behind. I pray for you as well as the other soldiers who are in harms way everyday. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 11/20/2012

    " A well-done first book about the heroic struggle of an American Marine corporal in battle in Iraq and then the losing one for his life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Holscher | 3/21/2012

    " Excellent look at the reality of war. The intertwined personalities shine. This book manages to be deeply touching and yet not depressing . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 12/13/2011

    " This book was pretty good. It was a rather slow read. It's one man's story of courage in a warzone. He was younger than I am right now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaun | 8/1/2011

    " An excellent true story of a Marine who sacrificed himself for his fellow troops. He survived for a while and received the Medal of Honor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moominboy | 7/30/2011

    " An excellent on-the-ground story about one soldier's tour in Iraq, and sadly his death. If you want an account of daily lives of soldiers, as well as detailed description of ambushes and their aftermaths, this is the book for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha | 3/2/2011

    " *SW* I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reid | 1/25/2011

    " Puts the War in Iraq in a whole different perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandy | 1/4/2011

    " This book is amazing, it was written about a friend of mine who gave his life to save that of his crew. Jason was such an awesome Marine! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moominboy | 8/28/2010

    " An excellent on-the-ground story about one soldier's tour in Iraq, and sadly his death. If you want an account of daily lives of soldiers, as well as detailed description of ambushes and their aftermaths, this is the book for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 3/26/2009

    " Realistic and gritty portrayal of life on the front lines in Iraq. Jason Dunham was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaun | 2/16/2009

    " An excellent true story of a Marine who sacrificed himself for his fellow troops. He survived for a while and received the Medal of Honor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Polly | 10/5/2008

    " Interesting story of an American soldier who is heroic in Iraq and suffers great injuries and ultimately dies. Good journalism by Michael Phillips "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 9/4/2008

    " This book was pretty good. It was a rather slow read. It's one man's story of courage in a warzone. He was younger than I am right now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 6/6/2008

    " The story of the truest American/Marine Corps hero there is. A man, yet only a boy, who gave his life so others lived.
    Who among us would dive on a granade to save the life of our friends? What a question to have to answer, and yet Jason Dunham did it without thinking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 12/20/2007

    " Thank You Corp. Dunham and all of the other soldiers who paid the ultimate price not just for my freedom but for others throughout this world. Thank you to the families who have been left behind. I pray for you as well as the other soldiers who are in harms way everyday. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shanna | 8/18/2007

    " Corporal Dunham is a true American hero. This book and A Soldier's Promise are my two favorite books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 7/16/2007

    " Great book sad story puts a personal touch on the war "

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