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West, Francis J.

Works: 63 works in 251 publications in 3 languages and 10,738 library holdings
Genres: Personal narratives‡vAmerican  History  Personal narratives  Fiction  Biography  Biographies  Military history  Television news programs  Interviews  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by Francis J West
Into the fire : a first-hand account of the most extraordinary battle in the Afghan War by Dakota Meyer( Book )

11 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Medal of Honor-awarded Marine sniper shares the controversy-marked story of his heroic contributions during a 2009 Taliban ambush during which he saved a company of Afghan soldiers and Marine advisors, a victory that compelled him to disobey orders and assume command without reinforcements or artillery support
No true glory : a frontline account of the battle for Fallujah by Francis J West( Book )

30 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For months author F.J. "Bing" West lived among the Marines who besieged the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah. He interviewed members of the three US Army units that fought in that factious City before the Marines arrived. With access from frontline personnel to senior policymakers and negotiators, West's astonishing account takes us into strategy discussions between generals, on tense night patrols, and into fighting from rooftop to rooftop to tell the story that hasn't been told in the press or on the nightly news. The Marines originally planned to slip into Fallujah "as soft as fog." But in March 2004, after a mob killing and mutilating four American contractors was recorded in images that horrified the world, the Marines attacked. West recounts the ferocious street battles that followed, the stiff resistance and shocking violence that caught many in our military and government off guard, and the sweeping US counterattack that outraged the Arab world. We go behind the scenes to the intense negotiations to persuade Iraqis to take charge and hunt down terrorists like al-Zarqawi, who were using the city as a sanctuary--negotiations whose ramifications will impact Iraq for years to come. The real focus is upon the heroic, everyday efforts of the American fighting soldier and Marine confronting the key paradox of the war: that the Iraqis both wanted and didn't want Americans in their country. No True Glory is a firsthand account of the gritty fighting, political maneuvering, and ongoing struggle in this crucial city?--a microcosm of the confused and frustrating Iraqi war
The wrong war : grit, strategy, and the way out of Afghanistan by Francis J West( Book )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From one of America's most renowned war correspondents comes the definitive account of the Afghanistan war, a damning policy assessment, and a compelling and controversial way forward
The strongest tribe : war, politics, and the endgame in Iraq by Francis J West( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Iraq, America made mistake after mistake. Many gave up on the war. Then the war took a sharp U-turn. Two generals--David Petraeus and Raymond Odierno--displayed the leadership America expected. A universally respected combat journalist provides a history, based on five years of front-line reporting, about how the war was turned around--and the choice now facing America. In the course of fourteen extended trips over five years, West embedded with more than sixty front-line units, discussing strategy with generals and tactics with corporals. He provides an expert's account of counterinsurgency, disposing of myths. During the battle for Fallujah, West asked an Iraqi colonel why the archterrorist al-Zarqawi had fled in women's clothes. The colonel pointed to a Marine patrol walking by and said, "Americans are the strongest tribe."--Publisher description
The village by Francis J West( Book )

9 editions published between 1972 and 2003 in English and held by 763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The true story of 17 months in the life of a Vietnamese village, where a handful of American volunteers and Vietnamese militia lived and died together trying to defend it"--Cover subtitle
Small unit action in Vietnam, summer 1966 by Francis J West( Book )

27 editions published between 1967 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 753 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The pepperdogs : a novel by Francis J West( Book )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 638 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When his friend is kidnapped by Serbs on his way out of Kosovo, Captain Mark Lang and his recon team, the Pepperdogs, embark on a dangerous rescue mission deep into Serbian territory
Into the fire : a firsthand account of the most extraordinary battle in the Afghan War by Dakota Meyer( Recording )

9 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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
Transforming the Structure of the Military: Combat Decisions -- Rank, Responsibility, or Frontline Position? by Francis J West( )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This case study raises the questions of whether, in this day of advanced information networks, field grade military officers should be present at the scene of complex tactical battles, and whether net-centric operations allow commanders to operate effectively from the front lines. Many have assumed that new information technologies lift the fog of war and therefore allow commanders to operate with clear vision from rear positions. This study examines the opposite postulate -- that net-centric capabilities allow a commander to control operations and his own rear-based command staff from a forward-based position that enables him to watch the battle unfold firsthand. In this case a battalion commander (Lt. Colonel) was on-scene when a suicide bomber smashed into a convoy. After the action, the staff in the combat operations center were convinced his presence had made a critical difference in the outcome. Is that an anomaly, or is it time to take a critical look at the relationship between rank and responsibilities on the 21st-century battlefield? The case is intended to facilitate discussion about the role of net-centric operations in combat and the impact that they might have on rank structure and associated responsibilities. The services differ markedly in what they expect officers of the same rank to do and where they should place themselves in battle. For instance, battalion commanders are expected to remain a good distance behind their companies when engaged. Squadron commanders of the same rank, however, lead their aircraft formations, while Navy commanders fight on their ships, making the most up-to-the minute decisions during combat. This case study focuses on an example from the infantry, but the underlying problem of structural rigidity applies throughout the military. Although the IT revolution has flattened the command structures of corporations, the military has persisted with a pyramidal structure designed by Napoleon
Rediscovering the infantry in a time of transformation by Francis J West( )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

War in the pits : marine-futures traders wargame by Francis J West( Book )

3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The computer chip and digital systems for ground combat are as radical as the machine gun in World War I and the blitzkrieg in World War II; they permit standoff attacks rather than closure to rifle range, decreasing U.S. casualty rates and increasing the tempo and breadth of the battlefield. Combat Operations Centers will resemble the trading pits both in the speed and volume of fire requests and in decision making under stress. The wargame, matching 22 traders and 22 Marine generals and colonels, brought out strong parallels. But where the military stress input processes for fire coordination, the traders stress output techniques to anticipate the market. The traders are willing to share techniques learned from years of digital financial warfighting
No true glory : [a frontline account of the battle for Fallujah] by Francis J West( Recording )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bases on months spent with the battalions in Fallujah and hundred of interviews at every level, it is a testament to the bravery of the American soldier and a cautionary tale about the complex - and often costly - interconnected roles of policy, politics, and battle in the twenty-first century
Sunday morning. Iraq( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This segment of Sunday Morning is about writer Bing West and his experiences during the Iraq War
The village by Francis J West( Recording )

18 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Black Hawk Down, the fight went on for a day. In We Were Soldiers Once & Young, the fighting lasted three days. In The Village, one Marine squad fought for 495 days--and half of them died
Naval forces and Western security by Francis J West( Book )

7 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The march up : taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division by Francis J West( Book )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Irakkrigen 2003. Beskrivelse af 1. Marinedivisions (US) besættelse af Iraks hovedstad Baghdad
One million steps : a marine platoon at war by Francis J West( )

3 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Battalion 3/5 suffered the highest number of casualties in the war in Afghanistan. This is the story of one platoon in that distinguished battalion. Aware of U.S. plans to withdraw from the country, knowing their efforts were only a footprint in the sand, the fifty Marines of 3rd Platoon fought in Sangin, the most dangerous district in all of Afghanistan. So heavy were the casualties that the Secretary of Defense offered to pull the Marines out. Instead, they pushed forward. Each Marine in 3rd Platoon patrolled two and a half miles a day for six months--a total of one million steps--in search of a ghostlike enemy that struck without warning. Every day brought a new skirmish. Each footfall might trigger an IED. Half the Marines in 3rd Platoon didn't make it intact to the end of the tour. This is the story of the fifty brave men who faced these grim odds and refused to back down.--From publisher description
The enclave : some U.S. military efforts in Ly Tin District, Quang Tin Province 1966-1968 by Francis J West( Book )

4 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A personal account of some American tactical operations in central Vietnam from June 1966 through June 1968, which draws implications about the effectiveness of enclave deployment. In spring 1966, Ly Tin district, which harbors Chulai airbase, had a complement of 3200 U.S. Marines and 800 Regional Force and Popular Force (PF) troops. Their patrols rarely encountered the enemy. Infrequent fire fights were fleeting and inconclusive; sporadic VC attacks wrought minor damage. In fall 1967, most of the U.S. troops departed, leaving Ly Tin to the PFs. VC activity increased in the district. Although the large number of American troops deters concentration of enemy units and denies them consistent control over the villages, enclave deployment only peripherally affects the local balance of power. VC psychological influence over the people persists. American strategy should provide for GVN improvement in area security as well as for VC attrition
Night pacification patrolling by Francis J West( Book )

1 edition published in 1969 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses some of the objectives and techniques characteristic of pacification patrolling. One definition of such patrolling is the conduct of frequent pedestrian tours within specified geographic boundaries in order to keep the people free from the enemy. Night patrolling is not conducted just to contact the enemy. In fact, the final objective of patrolling is no contact at all, provided that the state of peace is reached by deterrence of the enemy. Deterrence occurs when the enemy realizes the gains from an incursion are not worth the cost. The objective for Americans in night patrolling is conducting themselves so as to influence the future actions and beliefs of 3 categories of people: the villagers, the GVN patrollers, the enemy
Area security by Francis James West( Book )

2 editions published between 1968 and 1969 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A discussion of the security strategy in the rural areas of Vietnam that must be developed by the GVN before U.S. withdrawal. The area security system would bring concerted pressure to the level where the VC are now in psychological charge. The system, employing ARVN bolstered by temporary American encadrement, has as its objectives the creation of inter-GVN responsibility and capability and the establishment of GVN control over the villages so as to retain flexibility in the face of varied enemy reactions. Defense of a populated area is undertaken by the ARVN integrated with the local forces using five tactical activities: surveillance, patrolling, defense, reaction, and pursuit. Combined with mobility and responsive command-and-control procedures, the strategy could provide spillover benefits when compared with alternative strategies--in terms of U.S. posture in Vietnam and at the negotiating table
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The strongest tribe : war, politics, and the endgame in Iraq
The wrong war : grit, strategy, and the way out of AfghanistanThe strongest tribe : war, politics, and the endgame in IraqThe villageThe pepperdogs : a novelNo true glory : [a frontline account of the battle for Fallujah]The villageThe march up : taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division
Alternative Names
Bing West United States Marine Corps officer and American military writer

West, Bing.

West, Bing 1940-

West, F. J.

West, F. J. 1940-

West, F. J. (Francis J.)

West, F. J. (Francis J.), 1940-

West, Francis J.

West, Francis J. Jr

פרנסיס וסט

웨스트, 빙

ウェスト, ビング

ウェスト, フランシス J


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