Joker One by Donovan Campbell
A Marine Platoon's Story of Courage, Leadership, and Brotherhood

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After graduating from Princeton, Donovan Campbell wanted to give back to his country, engage in the world, and learn to lead. So he joined the service, becoming a commander of a forty-man infantry platoon called Joker One. Campbell had just months to train and transform a ragtag group of brand-new Marines into a first-rate cohesive fighting unit, men who would become his family. They were assigned to Ramadi, the capital of the Sunni-dominated Anbar province that was an explosion just waiting to happen. And when it did happen—with the chilling cries of "Jihad, Jihad, Jihad!" echoing from minaret to minaret—Campbell and company were there to protect the innocent, battle the insurgents, and pick up the pieces. 

Thrillingly told by the man who led the unit of hard-pressed Marines, Joker One is a gripping tale of a leadership and loyalty.

About Donovan Campbell

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Donovan Campbell graduated with honors from Princeton University and Harvard Business School, finished first in his class at the Marines' Basic Officer Course, and served three combat deployments-two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon and a Bronze Star with Valor for his time in Iraq. He is now working for PepsiCo and living in Dallas, Texas, with his wife and daughter.From the Hardcover edition.
Published March 5, 2009 by Random House. 338 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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Campbell and his men soon found themselves in a hellish situation, forced “to make horrible choices, day in and day out, until it seemed like no matter what path we took, we lost.” Yet during their baptism by fire Campbell observed and recorded numerous acts of heroism and selflessness among his ...

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Be advised that Campbell, though he is a graduate of Princeton and Harvard Business School, never stops being a Marine, thinking like a Marine or using the jargon and profanity of a Marine, so do not expect much guidance on larger matters like whether the war was justified or well planned.

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Then you live with the results and shut up about the whole thing.'' By the time the platoon finally returns home, exhausted, scarred, and with fewer men than they set out with, Campbell's admiration for his men has become contagious.

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Chris Bray Denver Post 2 of 5 Stars "[Campbell] often comes across as ethnocentric and peculiarly incurious about the lives of the Iraqis.

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Marine Corps Gazette

In 2004, First Lieutenant Donovan Camp­bell, call sign “Joker One,” commanded the hard-charging leathernecks of 1st Platoon, Company G, 2d Battalion, Fourth Marine Regiment in the troubled Iraqi city of Ramadi.

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