I Will Hold: The Story of USMC Legend Clifton B. Cates, from Belleau Wood to Victory in the Great War

I Will Hold: The Story of USMC Legend Clifton B. Cates, from Belleau Wood to Victory in the Great War

by James Carl Nelson


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ISBN-13: 9780425281482
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 322,092
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

James Carl Nelson is a journalist and author of Five Lieutenants: The Heartbreaking Story of Five Harvard Men Who Led America to Victory in World War I and The Remains of Company D: A Story of the Great War, which was given an Editor's Choice Award as one of 2009's best seven history books by Booklist. He lives in Minneapolis.

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OCTOBER 3, 1918

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Table of Contents

October 3, 1918 1

Lucky 4

What is a Marine, Part One 14

Prison Island 23

Swacked 37

A New Dance 44

"La Guerre Est Finie" 58

"Do You Want To Live Forever?" 69

Boches 77

Into the Wood 84

Bouresches 92

Besieged 103

Hellwood 114

"My Company Is Defunct" 123

"Vive Les Marines!" 135

A Bon Fight 144

A Bad Dream 159

Dead Men 175

Well and Sane 188

Moselle 192

No Man's Land 203

The Hill 216

"Raus Mitten!" 228

Zombies 241

The Valley of Death 252

Beginning of the End 260

To the River 269

Eleventh Day 277

Pretty Well Shot 288

What is a Marine, Part Two 299

He Liked the Work 307

July 29, 1943 318

Bibliography 321

Sources 325

Index 333

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I Will Hold: The Story of USMC Legend Clifton B. Cates, from Belleau Wood to Victory in the Great War 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry to have a negative review of this book. As a former jarhead I am always looking for in depth or first person accounts of great moments or great men in the Corps. The title of this book caught my eye and not knowing who "Lucky Cates" was I skimmed the first few pages and grabbed it from the shelf (I did not buy it online). While it does go into Commandant Cates' early career in the Corps I would deem this less of a story about him then a general overview of the action that took place while he was in France. It did follow him specifically but in such broad terms that the writer almost seems as if to mention him occasionally to justify calling it his story. Mr. Nelson's writing style is just what you would expect from a journalist. So much so that I felt I was reading news reports of the action taking place in France at that time. I also had the feeling that this story was cobbled together from military reports and division diaries (acknowledged in the book). There are photos in the book (kudos) but what I felt was really needed were maps of the actions since much of the book is about troop movement, German front line fortifications and various attacks and retreats. Perhaps Mr. Nelson will put those in a future edition. So while I got a very broad story about the Corps in WWI, I felt that the title of the book promised a lot more about "Lucky Cates" then was delivered.