2nd and 3rd Generation Infantry Marines

"In this magnificent memoir, Jim Mattis details many important events in his career but he also does much more: He explains how he is informed by his experiences in a way that teaches you how to learn from your own. Read, enjoy, and Learn."

—GEORGE SHULTZ

"In this magnificent memoir, Jim Mattis details many important events in his career but he also does much more: He explains how he is informed by his experiences in a way that teaches you how to learn from your own. Read, enjoy, and Learn."

—GEORGE SHULTZ

Two Generations of Marines

Bing West, Vietnam, 1969
Owen West, Iraq, 2007

About Bing West

Bing West has written ten books about war and close-in battle. A graduate of Georgetown and Princeton Universities, in Vietnam he was a member of the Marine Force Reconnaissance team that initiated Operation Stingray –attacks behind enemy lines deep in the jungles. He also understands high-level strategy. While serving as Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Reagan, he chaired the United States Security Commissions with El Salvador, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, South Korea and Japan.

About Owen West

Owen West is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Business School. He served as a Marine Infantry officer for six years, and served twice in Iraq while on leave from his job as a commodities trader for Goldman, Sachs. A former heavyweight rower, he has completed 100-mile marathons, attempted Mt. Everest and finished as high as 2nd in the Eco Challenge.

In the News

Books by Bing West

Books by Owen West

Selected Praise for Bing and Owen West

Bing West

“West successfully brings the war back home in all its agonizing and illuminating detail. From the combat stories of those on the ground all the way up to the White House, West [is] uniquely placed to write a chronicle of the fight. The narrative truly shines."

—The Christian Science Monitor (review of No True Glory)

“Bing West has reconfirmed his standing as one of the most intrepid and insightful observers of America’s wars. . . . One Million Steps reveals the essence of small-unit combat, the very soul of war.”

—The Weekly Standard

"Pure Hemingway in the best sense of that characterization....West brilliantly portrays the drama of a war few Americans have known."

—Pacific Affaris review of The Village

Owen West

“The single most important book to come out of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

—Dave Grossman, author of On Killing and On Combat, review of The Snake Eaters

“Gripping, disturbing . . . an unholy combination of Black Hawk Down and Catch-22."

—Kirkus review of The Snake Eaters

"The novel makes plain the complex no-win strictures of do-good, media-moderated conflict, and a perfect, stunning conclusion leaves the reader revved for more from this engaging author."

—Publishers Weekly review of Sharkman Six