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Semper Fi: Stories of the United States Marines from Boot Camp to Battle (Adrenaline) Paperback – September 4, 2003

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The Adrenaline anthology series marches on, literally, this time sampling U.S. Marines' experiences from World War I to the first Gulf War. William Manchester writes about Okinawa from a combat infantryman's perspective, James Brady covers Korea, and Kenneth Simpson reports on a lesser-known aspect of the Vietnam War, in which he was an artillery officer. In Frank and John Schaeffer's peacetime narrative, the younger Schaeffer graduates from Parris Island. Although he didn't enjoy the Gulf War or like the marine corps as a whole, Anthony Swofford says he will never cease to honor his fellow marines--not an uncommon reaction among the contributors here. Many of the books drawn on for the collection are out of print or hard to come by, increasing the value of this good opening into the copious literature on the marines. Roland Green
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Product Details

  • Series: Adrenaline
  • Paperback: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press (September 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560255048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560255048
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,147,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Once again Mr. Willis has applied his high editorial standards and avoided the trap of creating a book full of tired old war stories. Instead, Semper Fi delves into what it feels like and means to be a Marine - and in truth much of it could apply to any service. If you've ever been to Boot Camp or Basic Training you'll relive it in a couple of these selections. There are "war stories" from WWI, WWII, Korea, Viet Nam and Desert Storm but they are not superficial there-I-was hero tales. They are thoughtful, (mostly first-person), retrospectives about the men who served, who did what had to be done, and perhaps didn't return. You will read these accounts and maybe repeat the words of Frederic March at the close of the movie The Bridges of Toko-Ri: "Where do we get such men?". The selections in this book are so artfully removed from the originals that you won't need the chapters before or after to really taste the fear of being on a combat patrol, sense the insecurity of just arrivng in country, or feel the pride tinged with just a little guilt after saving your platoon by calling in devastating artillery fire. There is a wrenching excerpt from the book by Lewis Puller who struggles with feelings that he has let down his hero father by getting his legs and hands blown off before ever coming to grips with the enemy. As I write this in Sept. '03, perhaps now this book is especially relevant with so many men and women serving in combat conditions overseas. If this collection shows one thing, it is that a Marine's, or soldier's, reactions to danger and war are constant throughout history, and so reading these stories from the not so distant past may truly help us understand the present.
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Format: Paperback
I am a third generation Marine and know many of these stories simply by memory as they talk to the heart of what the corps cult-like traditions are. These are pure stories of Honor, Courage, and Commitment -- the foundational values of the Marine Corps, and they couldn't be painted more vividly. Although I own the full books of many of these titles, this book is great to give to friends who maybe just don't understand us seemingly "crazed fanatic" Marines. Those who read it will understand the Corps and its real purpose more clearly than ever by stories like these.
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This book is suppose to be about the Marines and the Semper Fi code they live by but most of these storys don't show that, while some do most are like openings or middle sections of books which make them not fitting for this perticular book. I think the editor and writer didn't really put the book together as well as they could have and the stories as well. It isn'ta bad book book but defintinely not a good book so that is why it only got a 2 star rating from me. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone unless they wanted to be put to sleep by most of it. NOt a good pick to give to anyone joining the marines or a former marine
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I did not have the opportunity to read the book. I gave it my son to read and he enjoyed it immensely. My son sent the book for his father to read and he enjoyed it too according to my son. I probably won't read it but then I am not so gung ho as they are. It is a great book for any marine to read I would guess.
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