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Brute: The Life of Victor Krulak, U.S. Marine

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2011

    Fantastic!

    This book was superbly written. It's amazing how much impact Krulack had on the history of the Corps. As a former Marine myself, I appreciate the efforts taken by the author (a civilian), who clearly knows his stuff. I could not put this book down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2010

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    A very good military biography

    Brute is a fair handed biography of Victor H. Krulak. He was a major figure in the American Military pantheon. He rose from working class roots to be a single step from the Commandant of the Marine Corps. This position was later achieved by his son Charles who fallowed his father's trade.

    He is considered to be a seminal thinker in military problems. Through the course of three wars he advocated, explored, and did much to bring about the use of landing craft, the military use of helicopters, and current thinking of counter insurgency warfare.

    Robert Coram traces his life from his birth in Denver through his Graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy. He moves his subject smartly through his early days as an "old china hand" to active service in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.

    Krulak, himself, was the author of First to Fight: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps, a work that remains on the professional reading list of the Marine Corps. He lived a full life and died at the age of 95 in 2008.

    The author outlines the many conflicts within the US force structure that Krulak was a participant in or an observer off. In this his opinions will differ with other writers. However, It is my feeling that a fair accounting is given.

    I found this to be a most enjoyable book and would recommend it to any lover of military history or biography in general.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

    Fantastic read

    As former Marine. I read these books penned by civilians in disgust. They tend to be anti military or worse. This book on the other hand is VERY honest. At times it glorifies Brute and at other times it shows his weakness and that he was human. The jealousy from the Army an Navy is well outlined here. The armys failure in Okinawa was very glaring. The navys coward retreat from Guadacanal is passed down from one Marine to the..We will never forget. Krulaks amazing ability to see the future and make happen was stunning ie helocopters

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  • Posted December 1, 2010

    Why did the Army fail in Vietnam? Read this and find out!

    This little-known General (outside of Marine Corps circles) spent much of his career hovering close to the centers of US power - both Military and Civilian. He was hard, tough and saw things only one way - his. He also had remarkable insight obtained during his long Marine career. His biggest problem was he had so much common sense few in Washington political leadership roles wanted to listen to him. If they had, a lot of lives and treasure would have been saved. Not a perfect man but a great Marine. We'll never see another like him.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2010

    Couldn't Put It Down

    I could not find a way to put this book down, so I read it in one sitting. Very engaging and enlightening account of General Brute Krulak and his Marine Corps. Author Robert Coram does a great job covering not only the battles Marines fought against foreign powers but also the numerous battles for Marine Corps survival against the U.S. Army going back to the battle at Belleau Wood. The battle continues today as the Marine Corps is still having to justify its mission and existence.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Great read

    Outstanding

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Well researched, fascinating character, glorifies the military a

    Well researched, fascinating character, glorifies the military and to some degree war.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    General Krulak was a visionary Marine who had the who overcame p

    General Krulak was a visionary Marine who had the who overcame perceived faults like small physical and Jewish family background. These things seemed to drive him to overachieve at all levels of his career.  The Commandant who never was, displayed the moral courage to tell LBJ how things really were in Viet Nam.  When LBJ threw him out of the Oval Office, "Brute" lost a sure 4th star, and what appeared to be a sure thing as Commandant.  Then, as now, careerists abound in Washington DC, but there appear to be even fewer "Brutes" today.  This book does appear to show us the General, warts and all, but also does a service in reminding the American people about petty inter-service and career rivalries that have often shaped American history and wasted American lives and treasure.  

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  • Posted January 26, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    I enjoy the book. I could'nt put it down, that's how AWESOME it is!!!!

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