- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (November 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316067431
- ISBN-13: 978-0316067430
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 150 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Brute: The Life of Victor Krulak, U.S. Marine Paperback – November 1, 2011
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Praise for BRUTE:
"Coram captures General Krulak's striding march across the Marine Corps, and across the American century...[and] is a meticulous investigator of the things that drove Brute Krulak, not all of them pretty... Brute is plainspoken and absorbing...and captures its subject in strokes that are sharp, simple and often funny."―Dwight Garner, New York Times
"A well-written tale about a complicated yet admirable man."―James Srodes, The Washington Times
"Robert Coram has written a long-needed biography of Lieutenant General "Brute" Krulak that captures the critical role he played in some of the seminal events in the history of the Marine Corps...Coram's masterful portrayal of Krulak's complex personality accurately depicts a leader who drove both himself and his Marines to excel, no matter what the cost."―Colonel Jon T. Hoffman, USMCR(Ret), author of Chesty: The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USM
"A great book, a compelling and insightful look at one of America's greatest heroes. Like the man himself it tells the truth, blemishes and all, about this pivotal figure in American history. Brute Krulak's intelligence, courage and tenacity saved countless lives in three wars and perhaps saved the Marine Corps itself."―Jim Proser, author of I'm Staying with My Boys
"A revealing-and troubling-portrait of a much-revered figure."―Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Robert Coram was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his work as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is the author of seven novels and four nonfiction books, including American Patriot: The Life and Wars of Colonel Bud Day and Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War. He lives in Atlanta.
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"Some aspects of Brute Krulak's early years are disturbing. I elected to take an explanatory stance toward those years. Some will say I should have replaced the frail reed of sympathy with the righteous sword of judgement. But my sins as a young man were scarlet, and they were many. I do not consider those green actions the defining moments of my life and if I am to be measured, let it be by the deeds of my later years. Here I afforded Brute Krulak what I would ask for myself."
Wow! It would be nice if more biographer's used such a perspective; as a great man once said to me, "It is not how you start, it is how you finish."
General Krulak did his Corps proud and sometimes it was not pretty, but he held a passionate love for his country and his Corps. Mr. Coram presents a man of single minded purpose, who kept his Corps relevant because he knew that is what America wanted and continues to need. Mr. Coram traces the life story of a man driven to achieve and contribute. From General Krulak's contributions to the development in the years leading up to WWII of amphibious warfare as a core competency to his largely rejected ideas of counterinsurgency warfare in Vietnam, Mr. Coram paints the portrait of a man of substance, intellect, and passion. Our country needs more senior officers who have the courage of their convictions and tell the truth to their civilian leaders---especially when what needs to be said isn't pleasant.
I read BRUTE in two sittings and enjoyed it thoroughly.
If you enjoyed Mr. Coram's biographies of John Boyd and Bud Day, get this book and read it! Highest recommendation!!
The organization I am presently affiliated with, the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association, knows all too well how mercurial and tenuous the Corps' future can be. Our WWII predecessors, comprised of distinguished newsmen and cameramen -- including Norm Hatch who is still active, altered public opinion and Congress to support the Marine Corps. And Krulak's presence was notably felt.
Vice President, L.A. Chapter
National Board Member
USMC Combat Correspondents Assn
a biography until we Googled for more information. Also, the first chapter or so made me think I did not like the man. However, the
more I read, the more I admired his work in and for the USMC, the men under his command, and for our country in general. Brute had
a good mind, was interested in "what works" from his work on landing craft to the use of choppers to aid in reconnaissance.
As he rose through the ranks, Brute learned how to position himself with the people in power in orde to present his good ideas and
earnest philosophies. It might be said that the USMC could have been disbanded had it not been for his efforts.
Robert Coram has written a fine history of the Unithed States Marines while telling us about Colonel Krulak. Since my serendipitous
discovery, a number of our friends with a military background have enjoyed this book. We had to get a couple of hard copies to share!
A great book, objective, critical, and true to the historical information of the life of General Krulak who's son would later in the 1990s become the Commandant of the Marine Corps.