The Fighting 69th: One Remarkable National Guard Unit's Journey from Ground Zero to Baghdad (Thorndike Press Large Print Nonfiction Series)

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One of the most celebrated units in the military for more than a century, by 1990, New York City's Fighting 69th Infantry Regiment of the Army National Guard was scarcely fit for duty. Its equipment was derelict, its discipline nonexistent, many of its leaders inept, and its ranks filled with kids barely out of high school who had little intention of serving their country for any longer than it took to get their paycheck, college credit, or job training. Then came the attacks of September 11 and the invasion of Iraq. In The Fighting 69th, Sean Michael Flynn, himself a member of the unit, chronicles the extraordinary transformation of this band of amateur soldiers into a battle- hardened troop at one of the most lethal sites of war.

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Sean Michael Flynn served as a company commander during the Fighting 69th's service from Ground Zero to Iraq. Before joining the Army National Guard as an infantryman, Flynn served on active duty in the US Air Force. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park. He lives in New York State.



Erik Steele is a professional actor living in New York City, where he has worked both on and off Broadway and in film. He has toured with the prestigious Acting Company, performing Shakespeare and Sheridan in theaters from Atlanta to Anchorage. He holds an MFA in acting from New York University and a BA from Vassar College.

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Before 9/11, the 69th Infantry Regiment of the New York National Guard consisted of weekenders prepared only to drink, play, and womanize. The terrorist attacks of 2001 aroused the latent leadership skills of their officers to motivate and train the unprepared men for duty in Iraq. Narrator Eric Steele uses changes in the volume and force of his voice to differentiate the author's words from those of the GIs; Steele rolls out the abundant profanity just like the men who swore it. He imitates slackers cussing out officers with insolent language that would never fly in disciplined troops. The brisk pace he keeps never impairs his clarity and makes a slow story worth pursuing until the action begins toward the end. J.A.H. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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