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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,544 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Craig Mullaney Narrator: Todd McLaren Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN:
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Craig M. Mullaney's education had been relentlessly preparing him for this moment. The four years he spent at West Point and the harrowing test of Ranger School readied him for a career in the Army. His subsequent experience as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford couldn't have been further from the Army and his working-class roots, and yet the unorthodox education he received there would be surprisingly relevant as a combat leader.

Years later, after that unforgettable experience in Afghanistan, he would return to the United States to teach history to future Navy and Marine Corps officers at the Naval Academy. He had been in their position once, and he had put his education to the test. How would he use his own life-changing experience to prepare them?

The Unforgiving Minute is the extraordinary story of one soldier's singular education. From a hilarious plebe's-eye view of the author's West Point experience to the demanding leadership crucible of Ranger School's swamps and mountains, to a two-year whirlwind of scintillating debate, pub crawls, and romance at Oxford, Mullaney's winding path to the battlegrounds of Afghanistan was unique and remarkable.

Despite all his preparation, the hardest questions remained. When the call came to lead his platoon into battle and earn his soldiers' salutes, would he be ready? Was his education sufficient for the unforgiving minutes he'd face?

A fascinating account of an Army captain's unusual path through some of the most legendary seats of learning straight into a brutal fight with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, The Unforgiving Minute is, above all, an unforgettable portrait of a young soldier grappling with the weight of his hard-earned knowledge while coming to grips with becoming a man. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donald | 2/20/2014

    " I enjoyed Mullaney's description of West Point and his experiences as a Rhodes Scholar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad Bunger | 2/6/2014

    " Great book. Not what I thought it would be. The true story talked more of his career in education and its preparation to lead his men into battle than the details of the battles themselves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/31/2014

    " Great coming of age story about a very talented young man struggling to figure out life and find himself. I expected an Army boy's adventure story, but got a whole lot more as the author learned about himself by preparing to lead others. I recommend it for anybody who is trying to figure out their place in life...high schoolers, 20-somethings, and the rest of us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/27/2014

    " This book is outside my usual reading spectrum. I came across the description when I was looking on Amazon for Tom Ricks's second book on the Iraq war. I was lured by the terrific reviews and the author's biography: blue-collar upbringing, West Point, Rhodes Scholarship, combat duty in Afghanistan, participation in the Obama campaign and transition. The book is in three sections: student, soldier, and veteran. By far the most interesting to me was the first section, which was easily the longest and most detailed. My mind and soul are so far from the military man's, but I was fascinated to learn about Mullaney's schooling and training. Although I can't even begin to get into the military mindset, I respect Mullaney and his like so much more than before I read his story. He writes very well; I only wish he had had a copy editor to clean up his danglers and occasional awkwardnesses. Picky, picky, but hey, I'm an editor and can't help wanting a book that is extremely well done to be a perfect gem. I'm happy to think that he is teaching history at the naval academy and offering at least a little input to the Obama transition team. I hope that he'll forgive his father at some point; people can make big, hurtful mistakes without being bad people. (Lecture over.) I guess forgiving weakness is particularly hard when you've cultivated such strength in yourself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 1/5/2014

    " I picked up this book because my son-in-law had been in Iraq and I thought he might like it. I was immediately captivated by Mullaney's description of being a student at West Point. His description of his years as a cadet was new information for me. I continued to read as he attended Oxford and then deployed to Afghanistan. His story highlighted the sense of family that a unit in combat develops. I don't usually read books about war, but learned lots from this one and also enjoyed the telling. However, I don't think I'll give it to my son-in-law. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mit Lewsob | 12/26/2013

    " Average book written by an elitest who never addresses the fact of how he talks patriotistm and country and then gets out of the Army... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 12/25/2013

    " A very honest portrayal of the making of a solider, very timely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 12/23/2013

    " Way bigger than just West Point- encompasses the Bigger Picture. Very insightful. Was on the NY Times list- and deservedly so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Przybylinski | 12/17/2013

    " Felt like another war book all the same as any one I have read already. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 12/1/2013

    " Superb book. My mother picked this out for me after seeing a special on TV about it. The author's growth as a leader in the military has great application for me in my job. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cami | 9/26/2013

    " A very inspirational book. You cannot not be affected by the authors self motivation for education and his quest to do hard things. Also learn about our armed forces in the US and their mission in Afghanistan. Highly recommended read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spencer Taylor | 9/4/2013

    " Great book that gives an insiders look at education and training at WestPoint and beyond. He also was a friend and classmate of my brother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren Friedman | 2/11/2013

    " Must read for every American. These are the people we are sending overseas, and they are amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy | 1/23/2013

    " This book provides a great insight to what military training at Westpoint is like, as well as ranger training. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barry Kirsch | 11/24/2012

    " Great book on choosing the army, West Point, Oxford and deployment...great story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seanna | 11/8/2012

    " This needs to go on the Army Chief of Staff's Professional Reading List, if it hasn't already. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pete | 10/6/2012

    " The story of an Army Officer that attends West Point, goes to War and eventually becomes a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. He is an interesting individual, and his experiences at war are worth reading, but I find some of his personal choices hard to rationalize myself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 6/6/2012

    " Compelling memoir of a soldier's education--Westpoint, Oxford, and finally the crucible in Afghanistan. Fantastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremiah Reinmiller | 6/2/2012

    " A very interesting read with what I would I think is a unique perspective on the military and combat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 6/28/2011

    " An extraordinary soldier/writer's battlefield memoirs - no bragadoccio but describes the courage and the fears of the men he commanded. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 6/16/2011

    " One of the best books I've read. Mullaney is articulate and sweeps you along on his personal journey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 6/11/2011

    " Compelling memoir of a soldier's education--Westpoint, Oxford, and finally the crucible in Afghanistan. Fantastic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 4/9/2011

    " One of the best books I have read in the last few years. Honest and direct, it was not only a riveting narrative, but an exceptional commentary on leadership, responsibility, and accountability. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 3/27/2011

    " Just read a few pages so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerin | 2/17/2011

    " Critical perfectionist father, leading to West Point, Rhodes scholarship and Afghanistan as well as happiness with a lovely wife. He's an interesting person and tells his story well. This is the Reading across RI book this year and I loved it. He is coming to speak here in May. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 1/28/2011

    " I enjoyed this book's first-hand account of experience in the military as a cadet at West Point, Ranger School and deployment to Afghanistan. However, the author got on my nerves a lot and came across as arrogant at times. "

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