Leaders of Men: Ten Marines Who Changed the Corpsby Anne Cipriano Venzon
What was it that transformed the United States Marine Corps from a quasi-constabulary in 1861 to one of the world's elite fighting forces by 1918? As there was nothing terribly unusual about the Corps' organization or bureaucracy, the only conclusion left is that it must have been its extraordinary people. The Civil War attracted to the USMC a handful of young men who were natural leaders. These men then trained another cohort of talented, tenacious leaders, who, in turn, molded the men who led the Marine Corps into the twentieth century. Many of their names have faded in the brighter lights of the campaigns in the Pacific, Korea, and Vietnam, but without men like Huntington, Cochrane, and Myers, there wouldn't have been Puller, Edson, or Pace in later years. Author Anne Cipriano Venzon selected ten men whose skills and leadership clearly contributed to the formation of the ethos, which became the modern Marine Corps. By examining each man's strengths and weaknesses, the continuum of leadership from the earliest days of the Corps becomes very clear for the reader. Based on extensive research, most of it in little-used primary documents, the biographies of the ten men featured in Leaders of Men look both at the men and their role in various engagements and events. From Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and the search for the Alabama during the Civil War to the Battle of Belleau Wood and "peacekeeping" missions in China in the 1920s, the examination of these careers will give readers a better understanding of what it means to be a Marine.
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Anne Cipriano Venzon earned her doctorate in history from Princeton University. She works as a consultant and an independent historian. She is the author of a number of books including From Whaleboats to Amphibious Warfare and General Smedley Darlington Butler: Letters of a Leatherneck.
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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!
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.