First to Fight (Bluejacket Books Series): An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps

First to Fight (Bluejacket Books Series): An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps

by Victor H. Krulak


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In this riveting insider's chronicle, legendary Marine General "Brute" Krulak submits an unprecedented examination of U.S. Marines their fights on the battlefield and off, their extraordinary esprit de corps. Deftly blending history with autobiography, action with analysis, and separating fact from fable, General Krulak touches the very essence of the Corps: what it means to be a Marine and the reason behind its consistently outstanding performance and reputation.

Krulak also addresses the most basic but challenging question of all about the Corps: how does it manage to survive even to flourish despite overwhelming political odds and, as the general writes, "an extraordinary propensity for shooting itself in the foot?" To answer this question Krulak examines the foundation on which the Corps is built, a system of intense loyalty to God, to country, and to other Marines. He also takes a close look at Marines in war, offering challenging accounts of their experiences in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. In addition, he describes the Corps's relationship to other services, especially during the unification battles following World War II, and offers new insights into the decision-making process in times of crisis. First published in hardcover in 1984, this book has remained popular ever since with Marines of every rank.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781557504647
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 02/28/1999
Series: Bluejacket Books Series
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 341,894
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

IThe Thinkers15
1Voyage toward Oblivion and Back Or How the Marines Were Almost Merged Out of Business17
2Wheels within Wheels39
3Reprise, Reprise, and Reprise52
IIThe Innovators67
4The Amphibious Assault and How It Grew71
5Ideas but No Boats88
6Breaching the Coral Wall100
IIIThe Improvisers111
7The Marines' Push Button113
8You Can't Get There from Here: The Inchon Story120
IVThe Penny Pinchers141
9Do It on the Cheap145
10The Honorable Art of Institutional Theft150
VThe Brothers155
11This Precious Few159
VIThe Fighters175
12A New Kind of War179
13A Conflict of Strategies195
14The Dienbienphu that Wasn't205
Bibliographic Essay235

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First to Fight (Bluejacket Books Series): An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
keithkv on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was an informative (albeit dry) read. A lot of interesting tidbits on the struggles and history of the United States Marine Corps. I found the political and bureaucratic parts to be a bit boring, which sadly makes up a large chunk of the book. Still, as a Marine it's good information on how we view ourselves, our duty, and our sister services...and how they view us.
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