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The Unforgiving Minute


The Unforgiving Minute


Craig Mullaney


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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.

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Military, War, and Peace | United States History

Subject Headings (LCSH)

Afghan War, 2001- -- Personal narratives, American; United States. Army -- Officers -- Biography; Soldiers -- United States -- Biography; Teachers -- United States -- Biography; War on Terrorism, 2001-2009; Afghanistan -- History, Military -- 21st century; United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 87th; United States. Army. Ranger Battalion, 1st; United States Military Academy -- Biography


Link to research resource guide for The Unforgiving Minute, compiled by UM Libraries.

Additional files include:

  • Classroom resource guide created by EDHE, Military Science, and Center for Writing and Rhetoric Instructors

The Unforgiving Minute