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Seth W.B. Folsom

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Major Seth W.B. Folsom, USMC has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in South Asian national security affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School.  Major Seth W.B. Folsom is the author of The Highway War.


According to the book description of The Highway War, it “is the compelling Iraq War memoir of then-Capt. Seth Folsom, commanding officer of Delta Company, First Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps. Mounted in eight-wheeled LAVs (light armored vehicles), this unit of 130 Marines and sailors was one of the first into Iraq in March 2003. It fought on the front lines for the war’s entire offensive phase, from the Kuwaiti border through Baghdad to Tikrit.


Folsom’s thoughtful account focuses on his maturation as a combat leader—and as a human being enduring the austere conditions of combat and coming to terms with loss of life on both sides. Moreover, The Highway War is the story of a junior officer’s relationships with his company’s young Marines, for whose lives he was responsible, and with his superior officers. Folsom covers numerous unusual military actions and conveys truthfully the pace, stress, excitement, mistakes, and confusion of modern ground warfare. The Highway War is destined to be a Marine Corps classic.”

The Highway War: A Marine Company Commander in Iraq
Maj. Seth W.B. Folsom  More Info

Joint Force Quarterly (3rd Quarter 2008) said of The Highway War, “[Folsom] describes both the war and its lead-up in detailed prose free of exaggeration and self-importance. [The book’s] style makes The Highway War extremely valuable for Marines and other warfighters who might soon be engaged in combat. Folsom’s descriptions of the engagements that occurred when Delta eventually met the enemy are masterful. This book abounds with lessons for junior leaders as the author showcases the effectiveness of simple maneuvers and battle drills executed to standard. The rawness of Folsom’s recollections, which range from prosaic descriptions of desert garrisons to his coming to terms with killing in combat, makes The Highway War a worthy successor to a series of memoirs that have sought to capture war as an experience…[It] is a great read for those interested in Operation Iraq Freedom or looking for an unpolished war story.”

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