[Download] Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War By Bing West, Dakota Meyer

Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War

By: Bing West, Dakota Meyer
Narrated by: Zach McLarty
Length: 5 hours
Release date: Sep 25, 2012
Rating: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (4 votes, average: 5.00 out of 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 true story of a modern American hero.

"Sergeant Meyer embodies all that is good about our nation's Corps of Marines. . . . [His] heroic actions . . . will forever be etched in our Corps' rich legacy of courage and valor."-General James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps


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40 Responses to “[Download] Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War By Bing West, Dakota Meyer”

  1. Hisako Kone

    Excellent book
    The book is excellent but he narrator is terrible. As a Marine myself, it was very distracting when the narrator repeatedly mispronounced words.

  2. Edmundo P.

    Great Story!!
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

  3. Jerome Onnen

    From another combat Marine’s point of view
    very slow start. if i hadn’t been bored i would have given up. HOWEVER, i couldn’t stop listening till it was finished toward the end. the epilouge and notes were almost better than most of the book.

  4. Alessandra Fegaro

    extraordinary!
    grit, absolute, unfiltered, honest to God true grit. but also educational for those looking for insight, without the awe clouding subjective study.

  5. Jenna G.

    Life of a soldier
    What did you love best about Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War?

  6. Donald G.

    Everyone should know this story
    Of course I had heard the name Dakota Myer. I knew he had been awarded the Medal of Honor. But I had never heard the details of how he had earned it. What an amazing man, and a deserving man. No Matter what doubts you have Dakota, you are deserving. Your conduct made my heart swell in pride.
    Beyond Dakota, this story also honors those who also should have received the Medal of Honor, as well as Afghans who gave the final sacrifice for their country.
    God bless all who serve our nation, and the families who gave their loved ones for us.

  7. Shelby Hynum

    Into the Fire.
    Would you consider the audio edition of Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War to be better than the print version?

  8. Monte Cilibrasi

    An amazing story of courage!!
    This amazing account of courage is remarkable.

    I know Dakota feels responsible but he did what he could to rescue his fellow soldiers.

  9. Cleveland Hylinski

    Worthy of multiple reads
    If you could sum up Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War in three words, what would they be?

  10. Lindsay Mohar

    Great Tale of American Grit
    This story, although tough to fathom the absolute levels of incompetence in government, needed to be told. When everything around you is in chaos and those who get paid to make decisions are straight up morons, its great to know the courage, dedication and brotherhood of the ordinary american soldier will overcome.

  11. Wm Heriford

    Use title of actual battle.
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

  12. Yvette

    Excellent! Excellent!! Excellent!!!
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

  13. Derek Mcduffee

    Great
    Great book that I enjoyed reading. This was entertaining and educational at the same time. Keep up the great work.

  14. Loretta Dekorte

    Story of Extraordinary Man
    What did you love best about Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War?

  15. Elene Cordner

    why we lost Afghanistan
    Afghanistan was lost early on due to a lack of clear objectives and cloudy rules of engagement. Lack of coordination between the Army and the Marine Corps (really? is that STILL happening?) didn’t help either. It also doesn’t help that we keep trying to postage stamp democracy onto countries and cultures that are not ready… Whatever. Let’s hope history will acknowledge at our motives were pure (about the nation building) and that we’ve learned some lessons about inter service support (as opposed to ass covering).

  16. Therese Vernazza

    WOW
    The book was a well written explanation of who Dakota is, is heroics and the brotherhood.

    It was clear from the author, Dakota, fellow servicemen and the grand conclusions the Top Hats and rank climbers are going to loose this war by not taking the fight to out enemies to kill them.

    After we helped the Afghans beat the Russians Rep. Charlie Wilson said, “These things happened. They were glorious and they changed the world… and then we f#@cked up the endgame.”

  17. Johnette Ticas

    Powerful – Heart Breaking – Infuriating & Damning
    The performance was excellent. I thought the performer caught the essences of who he was portraying.

    The content powerfully caught the sense of brotherhood felt by those who are in combat. The battle scenes were heart breaking as brave men tried to overcome impossible odds against remote commands indifference to their plight. The behavior of remote and high command during and after the battle was most infuriating and damning.

    A great story of brotherhood and bravery – well worth the listen.

  18. Belva Truont

    War in Afghanistan and with REMF’s
    The excellent narrator by now must know that”corpsman” is pronounced cor-man. And that kilometer has an emphasized long O, rather than E.
    Otherwise the story of a self deprecating true hero is very rewarding to hear, and compares how war is fought with how it should be fought. Inspiring.

  19. Bradley Sisney

    definitely an Insider’s account
    a lot of details in the book about a lot of things that I did not know have not heard of

  20. Kim K.

    Awesome story
    Very well written story of historical facts. Young man has serious courage. Good job grunt!
    SF

  21. Serena C.

    Best War Story in a Long Time
    Not only is this an excellent story about a truly awesome Marine, it is narrated perfectly. Highly recommend this book!

  22. Alex Guyon

    Well done!
    One of the most well written accounts of battle in the modern war era. And narrated equally well, helping to add to the presentation of a capturing and heart grabbing story of one of America’s finest.

  23. Angila Chudej

    ok
    it was ok…i listed to better and worse books. don’t really have anything else to say

  24. Willard Rozon

    Fighter
    Dakota is more that his Medals. He is just as human as all of us, but he differs in one way. He chooses to fight back everyday and provide inspiration to those of us that are in the need of hope. Along with his actions in Afghanistan, he continues to help those in the down with inspirational saying and post each day. Dakota is a constant Warrior.

  25. Elene F.

    Semper Fi
    Faithful, honest and eye opening.
    Not for the faint of heart.
    War is hell and Dakota and the narrator puts you vividly right in the middle of it.

  26. Joanna Hagar

    A War Account of A Liar
    I enjoyed the book. Now I found out that it’s a work of fiction.

  27. Selene Jiminez

    Fantastic Story!
    This story is amazing, shocking, tear jerking, and at times jaw dropping. It really tells how much hell these men went through.

  28. Hiram Morale

    great story. narrator could be better
    love the story. truly inspiring and eye opening. narrator mispronounced some military terms, and sounded like a “surfer” reading a combat story. dakota meyer and the marines in this story are true heroes in an impossible situation

  29. Customer

    Very well done
    Great story about a young man and the bond you have with your brothers while serving in the military. I might be a little bias since I lived in the same barracks as Dakota but the words I hear in the book and the story telling sound for sure like him talking and I feel the story was well told. I think anyone who has served in any branch of the armed forces will be able to relate to this story and it will hit your emotions in various ways from anger to sadness to joy. “ service 20 review sweepstakes entry”

  30. Lelah Pinegar

    I admire Dakota Meyer, but not this book.
    What would have made Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War better?

  31. Mignon Leen

    Good Listen
    Not a bad Book… So sad our boys can’t get the help and firepower they need….

  32. bolduc sean

    Thx, Dakota
    The anxiety I felt throughout the last 1/2 of the story is something I have never experienced. I am 50 yo and listened to and from work every day.

    I get to teach golf for a living. Excited, giggling kids and housewives out to enjoy each other’s company. It is because of the terrors that Cpl. Meyer and millions more have had to endure, that I get to live the life I wanted.

    How can any of us understand or express gratitude and even show love for these men and women who do what is impossible, until they do it.

    Thank you, Dakota. When I see you and your brothers, I will make room.

    Sean Bolduc
    INDY

  33. John

    Not for Head Shed’s Nor POAG’s
    What did you love best about Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War?

  34. Customer

    great
    would definitely recommend this, Dakotas story is great and he is an awesome man doing great things

  35. Vernon Gefroh

    Truly Courageous Under Fire.
    Earning the Medal of Honor is not easy but it’s easy to see why Dakota Meyer was awarded the Medal of Honor after reading about his courage and performance under extreme enemy fire.

  36. Kyra Golladay

    Great Front Line Marines- NOT SO IN REAR OP
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

  37. Hyon Hippler

    excellent account from the experiences of Dakota.
    gripping account of honor and loyalty to brothers in arms, and the true account of difficulties with the pc roes

  38. Mario Concannon

    Why do we do war?
    Would you consider the audio edition of Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War to be better than the print version?

  39. John Bequillard

    bada$$ book
    I could not believe how great Dakota made this book I’m happy that hes OK and I love it that’s it

  40. K Fabregas

    Real view of the politics of war and how it cost
    A real view of the politics of war and how it costs American lives in the field,
    tragic and foolish.

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