We Were One: Shoulder To Shoulder With The Marines Who Took Fallujah

Paperback | October 30, 2007

byPatrick K. O'donnell

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Five months after being deployed to Iraq, Lima Company's 1st Platoon, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, found itself in Fallujah, embroiled in some of the most intense house-to-house, hand-to-hand urban combat since World War II. In the city's bloody streets, they came face-to-face with the enemy-radical insurgents high on adrenaline, fighting to a martyr's death, and suicide bombers approaching from every corner. Award-winning author and historian Patrick O'Donnell stood shoulder to shoulder with this modern band of brothers as they marched and fought through the streets of Fallujah, and he stayed with them as the casualties mounted.

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Five months after being deployed to Iraq, Lima Company's 1st Platoon, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, found itself in Fallujah, embroiled in some of the most intense house-to-house, hand-to-hand urban combat since World War II. In the city's bloody streets, they came face-to-face with the enemy-radical insurgents high on adrenaline...

Patrick K. O'Donnell is the author of three previous books, including Beyond Valor, winner of the prestigious William E. Colby Award for Outstanding Military History. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:October 30, 2007Publisher:Da Capo BooksLanguage:English

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Lieutenant Jeff Sommers “We Were One captures every action, every thought, but most importantly every emotion that goes with victory, and the loss of friends in battle.”Sergeant James Conner “We Were One describes the hardships that our band of warriors endured as a family, and the sacrifices we were willing to make for each other when put to the ultimate test.”Corporal Bill Sojda “We Were One is a perfect, no-shit, first-hand story about a group of brave young boys, strangers to each other, molded into Marines, and the war that made us men. A unique bond made us brothers—we fought for each other to stay alive. Feel the heartache, the glory, and the agonizing pain of each Marine as we tell our story of the brutal bloody battle for Fallujah. It is war at its worst fought by young men at their finest.”New York Post “A real-time, eyewitness history …. The author’s most important accomplishment among many is to put a human face on the troops who are fighting against some of the fiercest enemies America has ever encountered …. Read O’Donnell’s excellent book and you will know that they are indeed, as were each preceding generation, “The Greatest.”Marine Corps Times, Air Force Times, Navy Times, and Army Times First-rate reading…Admirably depicts the brutal realities of street-to-street, house-to-house fighting…Captures the sensory details and emotional drama of good men killing and dying for one another and their country.”Military Illustrated “One of the best books to come out of the recent conflict in the Middle East is this blistering account of fighting the toughest of Iraq’s insurgents…Riveting and frightening…In many ways this has the same intensity of experience as Mark Bowden’s classic Black Hawk Down. An exhilarating and instructive read.”Air & Space Power Journal “A blue-collar, in-your-face, real-life depiction of marines fighting an ingenious, determined, and radical mujahideen insurgency…This book’s perspective makes it stand out among others that deal with such battles. The author’s decision to write about Fallujah through the eyes and experiences of those who fought it—and to draw on his own observations—brings credibility and a real sense of truth to a compelling story of bravery, courage, and commitment to something greater than oneself.”Military Heritage “O’Donnell depicts in graphic detail the sights and smells of urban combat and the bravery of young leathernecks, whom he describes, with some justice, as the ‘next greatest generation.’”Leatherneck “O’Donnell takes the reader into the private world of a Marine infantry platoon…His descriptions of the Marines clearing houses, fighting the heavily doped-up insurgents, as well as the physical, mental, and emotional toll it takes on the Marines are among the most descriptive and heart-breaking accounts to come back from the Iraqi front…For those who want to begin to understand the deadly nature of fighting in an urban environment, the determination of the enemy, as well as the inherent problems in 4th Generation Warfare—as well to begin to understand the determination and dedication to their fellow Marines of those young men who are doing the fighting—then this is the book for you.”Roanoke Times “This is, being real, a more than harrowing tale…A graphic account…portraying in the starkest terms the infantryman’s war.”H-Net.org “Superbly captures the human dimension of war that is missing in so many books of this genre…It is an extremely powerful and personal volume that will dramatically impact both those who have experienced combat and those who have not.”Military.com “Cover[s] the war that the mainstream media neglects: the story of countless acts of courage and sacrifice among the young soldiers and Marines who tend to remain anonymous unless they make a mistake.” “Politics & Patriotism Show” blog, 6/26/12 “The combat history that I’ve always wanted. It’s hot, sweaty, stinky, and honest without pandering. This author has documented the nuts and bolts of modern war, and the men who live through it. It’s one thing to do your homework and write a well-rounded after-action account of recent events. We Were One goes one step further in that it’s the culmination of research and observation that was done by the author, as it happened, in a fast moving war zone…O’Donnell is a keen observer and a skilled chronicler…We’re going to be dissecting what went on in Iraq for a long time. We Were One provides some badly needed clarification.”