Into the Fire by Dakota Meyer & Bing West

Into the Fire

By Dakota Meyer & Bing West

  • Release Date: 2012-09-25
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
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“The story of what Dakota did . . . will be told for generations.”—President Barack Obama, from remarks given at Meyer’s Medal of Honor ceremony

In the fall of 2009, Taliban insurgents ambushed a patrol of Afghan soldiers and Marine advisors in a mountain village called Ganjigal. Firing from entrenched positions, the enemy was positioned to wipe out one hundred men who were pinned down and were repeatedly refused artillery support. Ordered to remain behind with the vehicles, twenty-one year-old Marine corporal Dakota Meyer disobeyed orders and attacked to rescue his comrades.
           
With a brave driver at the wheel, Meyer stood in the gun turret exposed to withering fire, rallying Afghan troops to follow. Over the course of the five hours, he charged into the valley time and again. Employing a variety of machine guns, rifles, grenade launchers, and even a rock, Meyer repeatedly repulsed enemy attackers, carried wounded Afghan soldiers to safety, and provided cover for dozens of others to escape—supreme acts of valor and determination. In the end, Meyer and four stalwart comrades—an Army captain, an Afghan sergeant major, and two Marines—cleared the battlefield and came to grips with a tragedy they knew could have been avoided. For his actions on that day, Meyer became the first living Marine in three decades to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
 
Into the Fire tells the full story of the chaotic battle of Ganjigal for the first time,  in a compelling, human way that reveals it as a microcosm of our recent wars. Meyer takes us from his upbringing on a farm in Kentucky, through his Marine and sniper training, onto the battlefield, and into the vexed aftermath of his harrowing exploits in a battle that has become the stuff of legend. 
 
Investigations ensued, even as he was pitched back into battle alongside U.S. Army soldiers who embraced him as a fellow grunt. When it was over, he returned to the States to confront living with the loss of his closest friends. This is a tale of American values and upbringing, of stunning heroism, and of adjusting to loss and to civilian life.
 
We see it all through Meyer’s eyes, bullet by bullet, with raw honesty in telling of both the errors that resulted in tragedy and the resolve of American soldiers, U.S. Marines, and Afghan soldiers who’d been abandoned and faced certain death. 
 
Meticulously researched and thrillingly told, with nonstop pace and vivid detail, Into the Fire is the unvarnished story of a modern American hero.

Praise for Into the Fire
 
“A story of men at their best and at their worst . . . leaves you gaping in admiration at Medal of Honor winner Dakota Meyer’s courage.”—National Review
 
“Meyer’s dazzling bravery wasn’t momentary or impulsive but deliberate and sustained.”—The Wall Street Journal
 
“[A] cathartic, heartfelt account . . . Combat memoirs don’t get any more personal.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“A great contribution to the discussion of an agonizingly complex subject.”—The Virginian-Pilot
 
Black Hawk Down meets Lone Survivor.”—Library Journal

Reviews

  • Amazing

    5
    By Extermax
    I loved it
  • Amazing

    5
    By For stuff
    This is one of the most amazing books I have ever read. Dakota Myers did more that he could have ever been asked to do and went above and beyond for his country and friends. Thank you so much.
  • Amazing

    5
    By simplyrowbear
    By far one of the best books I've read in months. The attention to detail allowed me to visualize everything. I could not put down the book.
  • Immersive and Powerful

    5
    By awesymoto
    Heard about this when I was down south in 2009, after all these years to read what happened. It leaves me with no words. Semper Fidelis
  • Into the fire

    5
    By Lo1234re
    This was great reading. You realize that heros come in al sizes and shapes. I liked that he was no super hero, an ordinary guy doing extraordinary things. This book helped me answer a requirement for a class that I am taking. I would recommend this book, well worth the time.
  • Wow

    5
    By Bored1986
    What an amazing read. Well worth the time and money.
  • Outstanding Book

    5
    By Gunny T 68
    Great book being a retired Recon Marine Nam Vet. This story bring back a lot of memory's of my time in the Corps. Thank you for your service to our country. Semper Fi ! Marine Gunny T Campbell
  • Unbelievable!!!!!!!

    5
    By L-62
    I am not a book reader but I purchased "Into the Fire" on my IPad. As with the books I have read, I was slow in starting but once I got into the actual combat part, I could not put it down. There were several heroes in this book but Sgt. Meyer stood out. You are a true Hero and you single handedly saved lives. Semper Fi Sgt. Meyer. I am proud to call you my Marine brother and STRONGLY suggest reading this book...........
  • One of the best books ever

    5
    By Gmoney123456789101112131415
    This was a very great books!!
  • Magnetic

    5
    By RodReamer
    Read the entire book in one sitting. Gifted six hard copies, b/c I felt it was that good. Enthusiastically recommended for professional military education and Marine Corps required reading; for esprit de corps and the consequences of inaction. -Rod

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