Spanning Yon’s formative years, from the devastation he felt at the loss of his mother at age seven to becoming a Green Beret at 19, Danger Close opens with a proverbial bang. In Ocean City, Maryland, the author is forced to defend himself in hand-to-hand combat and accidentally kills his assailant.
In youth, Michael catches alligators with his bare hands in the state he loves, Florida, which prepares him well for the long years ahead downrange in Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond.
Fans of his internationally acclaimed first-person dispatches from the front lines, as well as from Thailand, the Philippines, Japan and elsewhere, should not miss the riveting story of his early life and adventures. It is a wonder that he survived.
This is the 5th edition of his first published work.
Praise for Michael Yon
“Fearless…[Yon] provides a candid, Soldier’s-eye view…from the very unique perspective of being there with them for weeks and months at a time…delv[ing] deep into the human component.” -- General (ret.) David Petraeus, former director of the CIA
“Yon would cover Soldiers the old-fashioned way: He goes down the back alleys and bad roads.” -- Joe Galloway, author of We Were Soldiers Once…and Young.
“His blog inspired so much buzz that by last month only 83 other blogs, out of about 26 million on the Internet, received more links from other websites.” -- Los Angeles Times,
“[Michael Yon]…rack[ed] up more time embedded with combat units than any other journalist” -- New York Times
“Cuts through the fog of war…vivid…shocking and mesmerizing.” -- The Boston Herald
“Michael Yon brings it…If you want to know what is going on in the war, read him.” Thomas Ricks, author of Fiasco.