Chesty: The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC

Chesty: The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC

by Jon T. Hoffman
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Chesty: The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC by Jon T. Hoffman

Featured on the Commandant of the Marine Corps' Reading List

The Marine Corps is known for its heroes, and Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller has long been considered the greatest of them all. His assignments and activities covered an extraordinary spectrum of warfare. Puller mastered small unit guerrilla warfare as a lieutenant in Haiti in the 1920s, and at the end of his career commanded a division in Korea. In between, he chased Sandino in Nicaragua and fought at Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, and Peleliu.

With his bulldog face, barrel chest (which earned him the nickname Chesty), gruff voice, and common touch, Puller became—and has remained—the epitome of the Marine combat officer. At times Puller's actions have been called into question—at Peleliu, for instance, where, against a heavily fortified position, he lost more than half of his regiment. And then there is the saga of his son, who followed in Chesty's footsteps as a Marine officer only to suffer horrible wounds in Vietnam (his book, Fortunate Son, won the Pulitzer Prize).

Jon Hoffman has been given special access to Puller's personal papers as well as his personnel record. The result will unquestionably stand as the last word about Chesty Puller.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375760440
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/13/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 672
Sales rank: 282,717
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Jon Hoffman is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve and is currently serving on extended active duty as the deputy director of the Marine Corps History & Museums Division. He has spent sixteen years on active duty as an infantry officer and historian. He has a Master’s Degree in military history from Ohio State and a law degree from Duke University. His first book, Once A Legend, a biography of Major General Merritt “Red Mike” Edson, won the Marine Corps’ prize as the best book of the year. LtCol Hoffman lives in Virginia.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Chesty: The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
MelvinOfTheApes More than 1 year ago
Chesty is an eye opening book about the Chesty Puller you know, thought you knew, and never knew. Jon Hoffman dives into the persona that defines what the title "Marine" means, and reveals the truth behind the legend of Chesty Puller. Every Marine has heard of Chesty and knows his legends by heart, but what you don't know is just as impressive and heart warming. Chesty's leadership is described in great detail, and the book could almost serve as a manual on how to be an effective leader. I highly recommend this book to all Marines, prior service and active duty. I was surprised at how human the man was underneath the widely known immortal warrior I learned about in my service with the Corps. This read will fascinate you and amaze you, and at times pull at your heart strings as you are shown the true personality and compassion of this great man. It's a page burner that you will not want to put down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most biographers end up by either glorifying or crucifying their subject or presenting such an insipid, milquetoast portrait that it resembles more a paper-doll than a person. Author Jon Hoffman, recently promoted to full colonel, shows us Lewis ¿Chesty¿ Puller as the man, the Marine and the legend---without glossing over his mistakes and flaws. The result reveals the multifarious character of ¿Chesty¿ Puller, the most famous (and possibly the most controversial) Marine who ever lived. This book is not only a well-researched and documented biography, but also a history of the modern Marine Corps from the end of WWI to the end of the Korean War. I don¿t think the true character of the man could be understood without seeing him against this background. At the end of WWI, Lewis ¿Chesty¿ Puller struggled 6 years to finally earn a permanent commission in the Marine Corps, overcoming obstacles which would have caused lesser men to give up in disgust. He fought in the jungles of Haiti and Nicaragua, through the Pacific campaign in WWII and the Korean War. Along the way, he was awarded 5 Navy Crosses (more than any other man in history) and at least one of them probably should have been the Congressional Medal of Honor. Retiring as a lieutenant general after the Korean War, he tried unsuccessfully to obtain to a combat command in Vietnam. The book also describes his remaining years of declining health and personal tragedy before succumbing to a series of strokes. Col. Hoffman, who I am sure is well on the way to establishing a reputation as significant military historian, has written a wonderful, honest biography of Chesty Puller. Anyone who is interested in military history should read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chesty Puller, the Marines, Marine. A very well researched and documented story/biography of one of America's true heroes. The book gives a realistic look into the life and exploits of LtGen. Lewis B. Puller USMC. The author, LtCol. Jon T. Hoffman documents a story that lets the reader separate the myths from facts in a long distinguished career, and reveals the man as well as the legend. Chesty, the recipient of no less than five Navy Crosses has his battlefield exploits detailed to a fine degree in this well written biography. This book complements the 1962 book 'Marine' written by Burke Davis by giving a much needed objective point of view into Chesty Puller's life as a Marine. The book traces Chesty's life from his ancestry in the civil war, his time at VMI, W.W.II, the Korean war, on to his life after retirement. Having some time ago read the autobiography, 'Fortunate Son' by Chesty's son, and his prospective of his dad, I found this book to be fascinating and enjoyable reading. Chesty Puller was not only a Marine's Marine, He is a True American hero.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The late Chris Kyle tells his story from his childhood to and through his service in Iraq. The book starts out slow as Kyle details his growing up period. Personally, I understand the need to do this, but I was looking for more stories from BUD/S and from Iraq. The story is enhanced by vignettes provided by his wife which provides an alternate viewpoint to the story, especially when it involves the strains on their marriage. The book does slow down when he starts talking about various guns. It may be because I'm not knowlegable about them to start with, but this was the dull part of the book for me. BOTTOM LINE: This is a good book to read in order to get another first person account of the war in Iraq.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly educational for military leaders of all ranks. I served under "Chesty" and can personally vouch for the integrity of this book. Semper Fi!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have heard of Chesty Puller throughout my 43-year Marine life, I have Chesty's own story "Marine", but I never really knew or understood this Marine until I read Chesty. A must read for all Marines.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent biography of an enormously effective Marine. Lt. Col. Hoffman by his careful research and great writng ability has created a classic. 'Chesty' is one of those important books that grace the bookshelves of professional military , mothers and all Americans. A splendid book about a magnificent American warrior. The tender family man , the consumate professional officer, opinionated but often correct , one of the icons of his generation. A valuable ,memorable book.