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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 McLare Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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