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

5 Ratings: 4.6
A book by Donovan Campbell

Starred Review. Campbell decided as a junior at Princeton that attending Marine Corps Officer Candidate School would look good on his résumé. Three years later, in the spring of 2004, he was in Iraq commanding a platoon known by its radio … see full wiki

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Author: Donovan Campbell
Genre: History
Publisher: Random House
5 reviews about Joker One: A Marine Platoon's Story of Courage,...
review by . January 08, 2009
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Working full time while attending college, I have little time to read recreationally.  When I read for pleasure, I don't choose to read military books.  The closest I have ever come was reading Invitation to Valhalla, a highly rated WWII espionage thriller.  I'm not certain why I chose to read Joker One.  Maybe it was the positive Amazon reviews, or for something different to read.  Or with a stack of books waiting to be read; why I chose this one to read instead.  …
review by . March 11, 2009
Those who know my history reading or who follow my history blog know that I don't generally read recent history, nor much that is non-academic. But recently a spat of just plain good books have crossed my path and I've read them and actually become their advocates. "Joker One" is one of them.    The story centers on a Marine platoon in Iraq. It was written by Donovan Campbell, an intelligent young man who graduated with honors from Princeton University, and Harvard's Business …
review by . January 22, 2009
I have read a few books about experiences during wartime. Most tell of great battles and heroic leadership. This book was a little different. It tells the story from one mans perspective, a Lieutenant, leading a platoon of marines in Ramadi Iraq. It does not highlight sensational battles, it focuses more on the details and drudgery of everyday life in a hot war zone.    The first half to two thirds of the book talks about getting himself and his platoon ready. There is not a …
review by . January 14, 2009
The author, a Lieutenant, in the 2nd Battalion 4th Marine Regiment narrates for the reader his story of deployment in the city of Ramadi. I've read quite a few memoirs and accounts from the current war the US is involved in throughout Iraq (yes, some might not call it a "war" but read this book and you might change your mind). Each brings something new to the proverbial table and when I finish each text, I like to think I came out just a little smarter and wiser about what our troops endured and …
review by . January 04, 2009
Working full time while attending college, I have little time to read recreationally. When I can read for pleasure, I don't choose to read military books. The closest I have ever come was reading Invitation to Valhalla, a highly rated WWII espionage thriller. I'm not certain why I chose to read Joker One. Maybe it was the positive Amazon reviews, or for something different to read. Or with a stack of books waiting to be read; why I chose this book instead. Whatever the reason, I'm glad I made the …
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