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A gripping 'One Million Steps' examines Marines in Afghanistan
A gripping 'One Million Steps' examines Marines in Afghanistan

In the preface to "One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon at War," Bing West announces that "this is my sixth and final book about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan." If so, West has clearly left the best for last: a gripping, boot-level account of Marines in Afghanistan during the bloody struggle with Taliban fighters for control of an obscure village called Sangin. When the longest war in U.S. history is finished (or at least U.S. involvement in it), "One Million Steps" may well stand as a classic account of what it was like to be a grunt in that war, assigned each day to find the elusive enemy and kill him. West knows the Marine Corps. A Marine officer in...

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