The One-Round War
USMC Scout-Snipers in Vietnam
By Peter R. Senich

< 1999
By Scott Powers

Peter Senich's latest historical tome goes a long way toward making up for his rather lack-luster piece, The Long Range War. The new book is well laid out, presented in an easily followed format and full of interesting photographs. No glassy-eyed doldrums here.

Once again Senich points out that his goal is to properly document the development of sniping from a historical prospective, and he has met that goal. In essence, you can consider this work a history book. Do not be put off though as Senich manages to make this book shine. He covered the important aspects of Marine sniping without forcing a single yawn from this reader. It could be that he has a personal bias toward the Marines as One-Round War is far more readable than his last two works.

The book chronicles Marine sniping development very effectively. Each section is broken down in a rational manner without a lot of jumping about. Once again Senich will delight the detail freak whether the subject is the Winchester M70, Remington M700/M40A1 or Flip-up scope caps. He does justice to every weapon used and also goes into sufficient detail about scope development. I personally loved the section on match grade ammunition. For me, that section alone paid for the book.

Senich has definitly done his homework. If the information could be found, dug up, or rediscovered, he has done it. With this work Senich embodies the fine old adage; Attention to Detail! The list of persons interview during the development of this book is both impressive and extensive.

I must point out that if you are looking for a novelization or story laden, breathtaking read, this book may not be for you -- but if you enjoy REAL history, the way it happened in all its glorious detail, you enjoy this work immensely. Senich seems to have set a goal for himself of preserving for eternity the proud history of long range riflery as applied to warfare. In that vein, he has got a winner in One-Round War.

I would happily recommend this piece of military history. It is pricey but will make a fine addition to your collection.

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