Author: Terry McGowan, Genre: History, Total Page: 320, Publisher: Penguin, ISBN: 9781101988206

With a Foreword by Bill O’Reilly, here is the incredible memoir of a former Marine who returns to combat in Iraq and Afghanistan three decades after leaving the Corps. Terry McGowan had been a beat cop, a Marine captain, and a Special Agent for the FBI before retiring at the age of fifty. But when tragedy struck the United States on September 11th, 2001, Terry felt an undiminished sense of duty to protect and serve his country. Six years later, he was in Iraq as a member of a team of high ranking retired and active duty military working for the highest level of Marine military intelligence. His success in Iraq led to a position as a Law Enforcement Professional with the Marines in Afghanistan. There he found himself the oldest member of a platoon on the front line; a platoon that was understrength and under fire. While an eighteen year old Marine can't look at a crowd of Afghans and pick out the guilty party, with his years of experience in law enforcement, Terry had developed an eye for the "felony look". His training as a Marine Officer combined with his experience as an FBI Agent made him a unique asset as he struggled to keep up with young Marines while they humped over the mountains. In The Silence of War, Terry recounts the many trials of his life of service, providing an intimate glimpse into the horrible realities of modern military conflict. INCLUDES PHOTOS

Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee to Investigate Problems Connected with Refugees and Escapees, Genre: Vietnam War, 1961-1975, Total Page: 589, Publisher: , ISBN: PURD:32754075441554

Author: Khaled Hafid, Genre: Biography & Autobiography, Total Page: 350, Publisher: Lulu.com, ISBN: 9781105972355

A young Marine Staff Sergeant finally tells the tale of his two year experience in dealing with deployment, conflict, death and recovery. With a unique upbringing as an Arab-American, he wrestles with his beliefs and emotions, while trying to make sense of everything around him. It is a story of triumph from sadness, victory from the jaws of defeat. Follow him through his journey and see what becomes of him.

Author: Nathaniel Fick, Genre: History, Total Page: 372, Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ISBN: 9780618773435

An ex-Marine captain shares his story of fighting in a Recon battalion in Afghanistan and Iraq, beginning with his training at Quantico and following his experiences in the deadliest conflicts since the Vietnam War.

Author: Robert Pisor, Genre: History, Total Page: 352, Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, ISBN: 9780393354522

A war correspondent’s masterful blow-by-blow account of the Battle of Khe Sanh, reissued with a new preface by Mark Bowden for the battle’s 50th anniversary. The six-month siege of Khe Sanh in 1968 was the largest, most intense battle of the Vietnam War. For six thousand trapped U.S. Marines, it was a nightmare; for President Johnson, an obsession. For General Westmoreland, it was to be the final vindication of technological weaponry; for General Giap, architect of the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu, it was a spectacular ruse masking troops moving south for the Tet offensive. With a new introduction by Mark Bowden—best-selling author of Hu? 1968—Robert Pisor’s immersive narrative of the action at Khe Sanh is a timely reminder of the human cost of war, and a visceral portrait of Vietnam’s fiercest and most epic close-quarters battle. Readers may find the politics and the tactics of the Vietnam War, as they played out at Khe Sahn fifty years ago, echoed in our nation’s global incursions today. Robert Pisor sets forth the history, the politics, the strategies, and, above all, the desperate reality of the battle that became the turning point of U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

Author: Johnnie Clark, Genre: Biography & Autobiography, Total Page: 368, Publisher: Presidio Press, ISBN: 9780307778550

THIS GUT-WRENCHING FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT OF THE WAR IS A CLASSIC IN THE ANNALS OF VIETNAM LITERATURE. "Guns up!" was the battle cry that sent machine gunners racing forward with their M60s to mow down the enemy, hoping that this wasn't the day they would meet their deaths. Marine Johnnie Clark heard that the life expectancy of a machine gunner in Vietnam was seven to ten seconds after a firefight began. Johnnie was only eighteen when he got there, at the height of the bloody Tet Offensive at Hue, and he quickly realized the grim statistic held a chilling truth. The Marines who fought and bled and died were ordinary men, many still teenagers, but the selfless bravery they showed day after day in a nightmarish jungle war made them true heroes. This new edition of Guns Up!, filled with photographs and updated information about those harrowing battles, also contains the real names of these extraordinary warriors and details of their lives after the war. The book's continuing success is a tribute to the raw courage and sacrifice of the United States Marines.

Author: J. F. Cronin, Genre: Fiction, Total Page: 330, Publisher: iUniverse, ISBN: 9781491736401

Lieutenant Colonel Jake Gregg is a marine recruiter’s dream: handsome, well-respected, and on the fast track to making general. As an on-ground commander during the Gulf War, Colonel Jake led his troops into multifaceted battles, minimized dangers for his marines, and squashed all attempts to reward his outstanding leadership with a medal. But as the war ends and several years pass, the neoconservatives are not happy. They want the regime of Iraq overthrown. It is 2000 when Jake, who is known for fighting his superiors as much as the enemy, is relieved of his duties as director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As he begins his new role as general at Quantico, he assigns Major Fran Matthews, who knows all too well about the negative effects of being a woman in the military, to create a security plan for the Capitol area base. But when America is suddenly attacked on 9/11, everything changes for the neocons, Jake, and Fran as a new war begins in Afghanistan. An Inconvenient War is the tale of a seasoned military commander who embarks on a journey to not only fight in wars but also to battle Washington leaders who are determined to achieve their goals—even if others must pay for their choices in blood.

Author: Eric M. Hammel, Genre: , Total Page: , Publisher: , ISBN: 9781610607254

Author: James Brady, Genre: History, Total Page: 256, Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin, ISBN: 9781429901956

America's "forgotten war" lasted just thirty-seven months, yet 54,246 Americans died in that time -- nearly as many as died in ten years in Vietnam. On the fiftieth anniversary of this devastating conflict, James Brady tells the story of his life as a young marine lieutenant in Korea. In 1947, seeking to avoid the draft, nineteen-year-old Jim Brady volunteered for a Marine Corps program that made him a lieutenant in the reserves on the day he graduated college. He didn't plan to find himself in command of a rifle platoon three years later facing a real enemy, but that is exactly what happened after the Chinese turned a so-called police action into a war. The Coldest War vividly describes Brady's rapid education in the realities of war and the pressures of command. Opportunities for bold offensives sink in the miasma of trench warfare; death comes in fits and starts as too-accurate artillery on both sides seeks out men in their bunkers; constant alertness is crucial for survival, while brutal cold and a seductive silence conspire to lull soldiers into an often fatal stupor. The Korean War affected the lives of all Americans, yet is little known beyond the antics of "M*A*S*H." Here is the inside story that deserves to be told, and James Brady is a powerful witness to a vital chapter of our history.

Author: Karl Marlantes, Genre: History, Total Page: 273, Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic, ISBN: 9780802195142

From the author of the award-winning, best-selling novel Matterhorn, comes a brilliant nonfiction book about war In 1968, at the age of twenty-three, Karl Marlantes was dropped into the highland jungle of Vietnam, an inexperienced lieutenant in command of a platoon of forty Marines who would live or die by his decisions. Marlantes survived, but like many of his brothers in arms, he has spent the last forty years dealing with his war experience. In What It Is Like to Go to War, Marlantes takes a deeply personal and candid look at what it is like to experience the ordeal of combat, critically examining how we might better prepare our soldiers for war. Marlantes weaves riveting accounts of his combat experiences with thoughtful analysis, self-examination, and his readings—from Homer to The Mahabharata to Jung. He makes it clear just how poorly prepared our nineteen-year-old warriors are for the psychological and spiritual aspects of the journey. Just as Matterhorn is already being acclaimed as acclaimed as a classic of war literature, What It Is Like to Go to War is set to become required reading for anyone—soldier or civilian—interested in this visceral and all too essential part of the human experience.