Semper Fi (Fall River Press Edition): The Definitive Illustrated History of the U.S. Marines [NOOK Book]

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The U.S. Marine Corps is the most admired and most feared military force in the world, its reputation for bravery and ferocity established through countless displays of tactical superiority and extraordinary bravery on the field of battle. From the Battle of Princeton to the Halls of Montezuma, the Boxer Rebellion to Belleau Wood, Iwo Jima to the Chosin Reservoir, Hue to Fallujah, the Marines have demonstrated again and again that there's "no better friend, no worse enemy than a U.S. Marine." This hard-won ...
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The U.S. Marine Corps is the most admired and most feared military force in the world, its reputation for bravery and ferocity established through countless displays of tactical superiority and extraordinary bravery on the field of battle. From the Battle of Princeton to the Halls of Montezuma, the Boxer Rebellion to Belleau Wood, Iwo Jima to the Chosin Reservoir, Hue to Fallujah, the Marines have demonstrated again and again that there's "no better friend, no worse enemy than a U.S. Marine." This hard-won reputation continues to distinguish the Corps to this day. For example, the Marines were tapped as the nation's "911 Force-in-Readiness," making them the first troops deployed anywhere in the world where American armed power is needed. Even among the elite fighting organizations of the world, the U.S. Marine Corps is unique: it is the only branch of any nation's military that combines coordinated operational expertise in air, land, and sea combat.

Distinguishing the Marines above all else is the intense loyalty, camaraderie, and esprit de corps that are the heart and soul of the organization. Instilled in boot camp, this unifying spirit, warrior ethos, and commitment to core values stick with Marines for life. From active to retired members, grunts to generals, "Once a Marine, always a Marine" neatly sums up this extraordinary bond.

This revised and updated edition of Semper Fi: The Definitive Illustrated History of the U.S. Marines recounts the stirring history of the Corps from its birth during the American Revolution to today, describing the Corps' evolving mission, its remarkable successes on the battlefield, the challenges made to its very existence, and its continued relevance as an expeditionary force in Iraq and Afghanistan. Also covered are the Marine Corps' many innovations and contributions to the art and science of modern warfare.

And with more than 1,200 full-color and black-and-white photographs and illustrations-including images of historic and modern Marine uniforms, insignia, battle streamers, vehicles, equipment, weapons, campaign maps, and much more-this comprehensive volume is also a visually stunning tribute to the long and storied tradition of excellence in combat exemplified by this remarkable fighting force.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435140691
  • Publisher: Fall River Press
  • Publication date: 11/22/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: NOOK Edition
  • Pages: 492
  • Sales rank: 669,858
  • File size: 270 MB
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Meet the Author

Col H. Avery Chenoweth, USMCR (Ret.), joined the Marine Corps Reserve Platoon Leaders’ Class in college in 1947. Upon graduation from Princeton in 1950, he was commissioned a second lieutenant and in 1951 commanded rifle, machine gun, and recoilless rifle platoons in the 5th Marines in Korea. During a civilian career in television, advertising, and publishing, he stayed active in the Reserve in VMF-144, as CO of the 83rd Rifle Company, and the Public Affairs Unit, New York City. His artistic talent opened a sideline career in the Marine Corps with the Historical and Museums Division as a combat artist, which took him to Vietnam twice and to the Gulf War; for his tour in the latter conflict he was awarded the Legion of Merit. Col Chenoweth was transferred to the retired list in 1992. Some 200 of his works are in the Marine Corps Combat Art collection. In 2002, Barnes & Noble published his monumental book Art of War: Eyewitness U.S. Combat Art from the Revolution through the Twentieth Century. He also designed the 230th Anniversary Marine Commemorative Coin for the U.S. Mint in 2005 and is a frequent contributor to the Marine Corps Gazette and Leatherneck.

Col F. Brooke Nihart, USMC (Ret.), joined the Marine Corps from the PLC program at Occidental College, California, in 1940. One of his first assignments was as a machine gun and anti-tank platoon commander in the 5th Marines; in 1941, he became gunnery officer aboard the aircraft carrier Saratoga. Further shipboard duty aboard the AP-1, the USS Henderson, carried him through the Pacific war until he was assigned as a battalion executive officer in the Okinawa campaign. In the Korean War, he commanded 2d Bn, 1st Marines, and was awarded the Navy Cross. Upon retirement in 1970, he was appointed Deputy Director for Museums, History and Museums Division, HQMC, a post he held for nineteen years. He was also a founding member of the Marine Corps Historical (now Heritage) Foundation. His encyclopedic knowledge of the Corps and of weaponry contributed immeasurably to this book.

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  • Posted February 16, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    You will never get bored reading or scanning this very informative book.It has just been picked up by The Easton Press,presented in their elegant offering as a Classic History Book for $149.oo.It speaks for itself at this point in its new Publication of Fall River Press.Our family and friends are giving this beautiful book,to as many Marines,old or newly graduated from The Corps that we know,and it is always appreciated.They never forget the spirit that has and will always unite them.Semper Fi!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2008

    Sgt. J.M.B. - Once a Marine, Always a Marine

    In Marine Corps Recruit Training (Boot Camp), Recruits must learn Marine Corps History from its birth on November 10th 1775 to present day. Reading this book was much more enjoyable than listening to a Drill Instructorat the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. As a Marine I was honored to serve my fellow Marines and my country, and now I am humbled as a picture of my Company was in this book. The book opens to a black and white picture of Marines of the past, and ends with a picture of modern Marines. This represents the old and the new, and that the Honor, Courage and Commitment have remained the same throughout our history. This picture of new Marines is the picture I am in with Company C, 1st Battalion 4th Marine Regiment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit on 08-27-2004 in An Najaf, Iraq. To be a part of history, let alone a part of Marine Corps History, is something I never would have imagined. This book is a must have for all Marines of the past, present, and future. I strongly recommend this book to the family and friends of those who are serving as well as military history lovers. Semper Fidelis - Always faithful

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    Good

    When we received the book, it had some edges that were dinged up and some corners that were a little wrinkled.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2011

    Awesome book!!!

    This book is highly informative. It is flooded with lots and lots of information and pictures and it is updated to recent events and Military Campaigns. It includes lots of pictures of museum items that go from uniforms to artifacts. Some never seen before. It is a very interesting read. Once you start you do not want to let go of it. As a Marine out of Active Duty in 1996, it brings me lots of memories and nostalgia as well as refreshes my memory on things taught in Boot Camp (Parris Island in my case) about our beloved Corps. It is a well researched book and even non-Marines will be able to enjoy its contents that start from the very beginings with the Continental Marines and its purpose to the most recent war on Irak with our modern day Marines. One thing I noticed was that this edition (Fall River Press Edition) does not have the page marker like the regular edition does, but it does have a nicer jacket and more pages (492 pages vs. 480).
    It is a great conversation piece. I am proud and humbled and in addition to this, thankful to God for giving me the privilege of been part of this great organization.
    OOHRAH!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2007

    Imagine our surprise

    Buying this as a beautiful book of the histroy of the Marine Corp for my father was great. Finding a picture of him as a 20 year old marine in it was and is priceless. I would like to know how to get a photo of this independant of the book if possible. My Dad is now almost 83 and we are very proud of him and of that picture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2006

    Informative, but...

    The history and the information in this book was wonderful, but there were a number of inaccuracies that you wouldn't expect to see in a book writen by a retired Colonel. Most notable was calling a M26 Pershing tank (Korea War era) a Sherman tank. I would recommend this book, but beware of mistakes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2006

    Buy it!

    Well documented journey through the Corps 230+ year history. Little light on Marine Aviation and sea duty Marines, but well researched and lots of color art and plenty of photos. Full of tid bits of trivia information as well as in depth, to the point, historical context. Coffee table size book is a great reference investment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2005

    A work of love

    This tome belongs in every library of a Marine family.It describes,with pride and faithfulness,the History of THE CORP,in a very interesting conversational style,that will keep you turning the pages for more.The Photography is beautiful and the cover itself will attract you by its scintillation in tones of red adorned by the Globe and Anchor.A stunning coffee table book,where every american family's spirit will find a renewed pride in their fellow citizens whose motto has always been:Always faithful !

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