The memoirs give an unedited look at the life of a marine navigating through the experiences of a four year enlistment in the military. The book is a must read for those thinking about entering the Marines or for those who are curious about boot camp from its initial shock to the grueling test of the Crucible at the end. The curtain that is drawn back on the mysterious Camp David and other stops along the way as well as the questions it answers about a Marine experience make the book revealing and exciting. What was it like at Camp David during 9/11? Is Marine boot camp really that scary? How hard is Marine infantry training? What are Marines really like when the uniform comes off?