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Virtual Author Talk with Bing West | The Last Platoon

In partnership with the Friends of the library, please join us for a virtual author talk with Bing West! He'll be discussing his latest novel The Last Platoon: A Novel of the Afghanistan War followed by a Q&A. The talk will be introduced by Peg Murphy-Bright, President of the Friends and moderated by her son Major Murphy A. Bright, USMCR.

Registration is required for this event. Please register by Monday, June 28th. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

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Last Platoon

About the book:

A small team of CIA operatives and Marines commanded by Captain Diego Cruz are protecting a tiny base in Helmand—the most violent province in Afghanistan. In a series of escalating fights, Cruz must prove he is a combat leader, despite the growing disapproval of the colonel in overall charge. At the same time, the president has ordered the CIA to capture a drug lord. But with a fortune in heroin at stake, the Taliban joins with the drug lord to wipe out the base. As the president negotiates a secret deal, Cruz must rally the Marines to make a last stand. Bringing you into America’s longest war with vivid immediacy, The Last Platoon portrays how leaders rise or wilt under intense pressure. A searing, timeless story of moral conflict, savage combat, and feckless politics. 

About the author:

The Los Angeles Times has dubbed Bing West as "the grunt's Homer". Author of eleven books, including, with General Jim Mattis, the #1 New York Times bestseller Call Sign Chaos, his final book is about our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is a story of illusion versus reality, courage versus fear, and duty versus ambition He served as a Marine grunt in Vietnam and later as an assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration. He has been on hundreds of patrols in Iraq and Afghanistan, including many operations with General Mattis, and was twice awarded the Pentagon's top Medal for Distinguished Public Service. He is a member of the Military History Working Group at the Hoover Institution. He lives with his wife, Betsy, in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Newport, Rhode Island.

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