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Posted August 25, 2008
As someone consider an 'Old Timer' I had to comment on this book. I knew men who served with the subjects of this book. The author is absoluely on target. Marines pass leadership, responsibility, concern for their men, tradition, etc, down from generation to generation like no other service. Dr. Venzon captured this perfectly. Believe this old man. What we did on Guam and Iwo Jime couldn't have been done without the Marines at Belleau Wood and Guantanamo and Peking, right BAck to Bull Run. This is a MUST!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 13, 2008
I served in the USMC for 10+ years. We pride ourselves on our tradition, but in all those years I never learned as much about the men who made those traditions as I did in reading this book. There's so much more to the Corps that Belleau Wood and Iwo Jima. The men she covered marched through Abyssinia 'Ethiopia', survived deadly hurricanes in Samoa, argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, stared down bandits and rebels across the globe, and so much more. The way the author selected her subjects, you can see how they passed leadership and amazing devotion to their men from one generation of officers to the next. I particularly like the fact that the author really got into service records and other documents and didn't just perpetuate the 'myth.' This is real history and I commend it to anyone interesting in finding out what makes Marines tick.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.