Murphy's Law: My Journey from Army Ranger and Green Beret to Investigative Journalist

 MURPHY'S LAW                                               JACK MURPHY

Growing up in small New York towns, Jack Murphy knew he wanted to lead a life far from the ordinary—a life of adventure and valor. After the 9/11 attacks, he immediately enlisted in the Army, knowing this was his chance to live the life he desired and fight for a cause he staunchly supported. After making it through the rigorous Ranger Indoctrination Program, he graduated sniper school and was promptly deployed to Afghanistan, where his experiences went from ordinary to extraordinary.

In this gripping military memoir, Murphy recounts the multiple missions he underwent as a Ranger, a Special Forces weapons sergeant, and ultimately, a boots-on-the-ground journalist. From enemy ambushes, dodging explosives, crashing terrorists’ weddings, and landing helicopters in the streets of Mosul, Jack provides a hard-hitting glimpse of what combat is like in some of the world’s most dangerous, war-torn places. With tours of duty in two of the most decorated units of the armed forces, Murphy brings a unique perspective to the military genre as he reflects on his great triumphs and shattering failures both on and off the battlefield.

Later, Murphy turned his attention to breaking news within the military. His stories have taken him from Iraq to Switzerland, from Syria to South Korea. From crossing Middle Eastern borders in the dead of night to rolling into an IED-laden zone, Murphy’s stories are never boring.

Murphy’s Law tells a story of intense bravery and sacrifice—both on and off the battlefield.


I received this book for an honest review.
I have heard about Mr. Murphy from some of his reporting, so being able to read his story was a privilege. Here you have an honest look into his career and his goal from Ranger to Green Beret. You really don’t get books about these men very often so being able to read one was good. He describes some of his training not all, but he does go into the process of being chosen and the ones who either drop out or are dropped. He talks of getting to a point where he did not think he would make it to the next round only to be surprised when he did.
When he finally believes he will be assigned to a squad he is instead sent for more training and misses a rotation of being deployed. He goes into his frustration as a person trained and not going. Then when he finally goes on his first deployment, he is involved in a friendly fire incident and he takes you through not only the process he went through militarily but also personally. Once you read this part of the book you know the rest of his story is going to be an honest look at all he has done and what he has accomplished since leaving. I found this book to be an excellent book and very much worth the read. I received this book from Macmillan Publishers for an honest review. Follow us at

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