The Unforgiving Minute by Craig M. Mullaney
A Soldier's Education

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"One of the most thoughtful and honest accounts ever written by a young Army officer confronting all the tests of life." -Bob Woodward

In this surprise bestseller, West Point grad, Rhodes scholar, Airborne Ranger, and U. S. Army Captain Craig Mullaney recounts his unparalleled education and the hard lessons that only war can teach. While stationed in Afghanistan, a deadly firefight with al-Qaeda leads to the loss of one of his soldiers. Years later, after that excruciating experience, he returns to the United States to teach future officers at the Naval Academy. Written with unflinching honesty, this is an unforgettable portrait of a young soldier grappling with the weight of war while coming to terms with what it means to be a man.


About Craig M. Mullaney

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A native Rhode Islander, Craig M. Mullaney is currently a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Project.
Published February 19, 2009 by Penguin Press HC, The. 400 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, War, Travel. Non-fiction

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First-time author Mullaney, a West Point graduate, Rhodes Scholar and veteran of combat in Afghanistan, searches for the answer while investigating a second question: What kind of man is a soldier?

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He never wondered about “the number of minutes you could expect to shoot a machine gun before its barrel melted.” The jacket of “The Unforgiving Minute” identifies Captain Mullaney as “a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Project.” He expresses some criticism of the Bush administration’s strat...

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