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Ermey may be best known for playing a marine D.I. (drill instructor) in Full Metal Jacket, but he actually was one once. Nowadays he answers viewers' questions about military history on the History Channel show that gives its name to this book. He tackles more than a hundred subjects, "in the air, on land, and sea," as "The Marines' Hymn" puts it, complementing that variety of subjects with a large, excellent set of illustrations of things including rations, weapons, vehicles, and himself. The book is also noteworthy for concocting language with the salty flavor of a D.I. without exceeding PG rating standards. Since younger readers stand to make up much of the potential audience, though, the PG was a must (adults completely new to the modern military will learn from it, too). The book is stronger on World War II and after than on earlier periods, and on land warfare than on naval and air engagements, but always eminently readable and accurate. Roland Green
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"Noteworthy for concocting language with the salty flavor of a D.I. without exceeding PG rating standards . . . eminently readable and accurate." -- Booklist
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (January 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401307795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401307790
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,965,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For these reasons, I highly recommend this book.
J
I'm not sure if there's anything here -- with the exception of a few trivia questions -- that hasn't already appeared on the show.
Andrew S. Rogers
I can't wait for series 3 and 4 to be released on DVD though!
K. Shigemitsu

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J on January 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've just had the pleasure of reading this book and I have to say that it a great companion to the TV show that airs on the History Channel(of which I am a huge fan of). The book basicially gives you the G2 on a lot of things that militaries use in the past, in the present and will use in the future in that great "Gunny style".

This is a great book for fans of the show, for historians, for military mensas and for anyone who is in or knows someone who is in the military.

For these reasons, I highly recommend this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrew S. Rogers VINE VOICE on February 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
... I was really disappointed by this book.

I'm a fan of "Mail Call," of course, and when I heard Gunny tell me his book was coming out, I made a point of securing a copy as soon as I could. This is a nice enough book, I suppose, but it could have been so much more.

If you've got copies of "Mail Call" on tape, disc, or TiVo, you already have this book, which consists entirely of questions and answers taken straight from the show. Most if not all of the illustrations appear to have come right off the screen, like some sort of old kinescope. Many of the images aren't even particularly sharp, coming as they do straight off of video. I'm not sure if there's anything here -- with the exception of a few trivia questions -- that hasn't already appeared on the show.

I'm not hatin' on Gunny (I'm not that dumb), but I want people who like him and the show and are interested in this book to know what they're getting. It's a nice souvenir for fans of the show, but it doesn't add a lot, in information or entertainment value, to what we already have on TV several times a week.

Carry on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Shigemitsu on July 20, 2005
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I have the Mail Call series 1 and 2 on DVD. The book has some new material, but is a summary of the DVD series, complete with some bad video capture photos. I'm 60% way through it and have encountered several proofing errors, such as listing Carlos Hathcock as having a "25,000 yard" kill. That would make it a 14.2 mile shot! I'm a big fan of the Gunny, and it pains me to give the book 2 stars.

I can't wait for series 3 and 4 to be released on DVD though!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beagle Mama on February 25, 2010
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THE HUSBAND REMEMBERS ALOT OF THIS STUFF R. LEE ERMY WROTE FROM WHEN HE WAS IN NAM. GREAT STUFF.
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