The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education

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Publisher Description

Craig M. Mullaney's education had been relentlessly preparing him for this moment. The four years he spent at West Point and the harrowing test of Ranger School readied him for a career in the Army. His subsequent experience as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford couldn't have been further from the Army and his working-class roots, and yet the unorthodox education he received there would be surprisingly relevant as a combat leader. Years later, after that unforgettable experience in Afghanistan, he would return to the United States to teach history to future Navy and Marine Corps officers at the Naval Academy. He had been in their position once, and he had put his education to the test. How would he use his own life-changing experience to prepare them?

The Unforgiving Minute is the extraordinary story of one soldier's singular education. From a hilarious plebe's-eye view of the author's West Point experience to the demanding leadership crucible of Ranger School's swamps and mountains, to a two-year whirlwind of scintillating debate, pub crawls, and romance at Oxford, Mullaney's winding path to the battlegrounds of Afghanistan was unique and remarkable. Despite all his preparation, the hardest questions remained. When the call came to lead his platoon into battle and earn his soldiers' salutes, would he be ready? Was his education sufficient for the unforgiving minutes he'd face? A fascinating account of an Army captain's unusual path through some of the most legendary seats of learning straight into a brutal fight with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, The Unforgiving Minute is, above all, an unforgettable portrait of a young soldier grappling with the weight of his hard-earned knowledge while coming to grips with becoming a man.

Biographies & Memoirs
Todd McLaren
hr min
April 20
Tantor Audio

Customer Reviews

Rick 7140 ,


Mullaney has written a very good book with the story being told with honesty and emotion. Mullaney being an historian of sorts would understand this question, how does he think platoon leaders, say maybe E.B. Sledge's Marine lieutenant during World War II, felt when they were having almost 100% casualties? They only kept their platoons operating through replacements. Understanding that each life is of value, I can't help but wonder at the amount of emotional energy Mullaney is expending on this one PFC. Having been in several gunbattles myself (big city streets), and having lost over 10 friends and subordinates I understood that it comes with the territory. Rifles, grenades, and bayonets are not uniform decorations, they mean you are in the killling business.

cwg3 ,

An amazing book that will ultimately make you a better leader!

I hate reading! There are very few things that I find less enjoyable. Recently I had to have surgery and was laid up on the couch for a bit recovering so a friend offered this book to me to pass the time. Reluctantly I opened it up and I havent put it down since. I've read it cover to cover three times and the book is saturated with highlighted pages and notes throughout. It is a great story that tells what so many of our troops have to deal with in combat and beyond. I'm a military instructor and I use this book in every class I address to help motivate my students to strive to be the best leaders they can, much like Craig Mullaney. This man is a true american leader, I'd follow him anywhere! Great read, you'll be happy you picked this up.

Yinroad ,

A Deeper Level

Craig explains in The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education, not only his experiences at West Point, Ranger School, Oxford, Afghanistan, and the Old Guard, but continues deeper to delve into what made those places memorable and how his education shaped other actions and feelings. He has a remarkable ability to reflect and provided me a unique perspective that left me eager to continue my education (as a fellow West Point grad). Thank you!
"You can curse the dark or light a candle. I tried with my book to light a candle." - interview with Craig Mullaney

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