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First to Fight: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps (Bluejacket Books) Paperback – February 22, 1999
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First to Fight makes for wonderful reading. It is fast paced; often stirring; always informed, interesting, and enlightening. Marines will zip through it, delight in it, and wish it was far longer. -- Marine Corps Gazette
A fascinating combination of memoir and study of the U.S. Marine Corps. -- Booklist
General Krulak's skills as a journalist enhance the telling of his tales surrounding the Corps's history...his personal recollections add immeasurably to the book's quality. --National Defense
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A timeless classic that helps all readers understand what it means to our nation's defense to breed a Corps of Marines!
If you are interested in the history of the Marines, this is your book. You will never find a more factual, comprehensive history. After all, Lt Gen Krulak was involved in practically every event that saved the Corps from being eliminated as a member of the Department of Defense.
I suggest that you read "Brute" before reading "First to Fight". This will give you a first hand account of Krulak and how he was the only person who could write this history.
Allen C. Livingston, Sr.
Colonel, US Army (Retired)
Grady Birdsong, USMC
Vietnam 1968 - 1969
Virgin Islands. St Croix to be explicit and that was where I was born.
That was the beginning of a rather unique life. So I was born and raised in the Marine Corps. Where my Dad went we went with him and I heard hints of so much that General Krulak wrote about and added to a lot that I had heard. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, laughed in parts of it and understood other parts better.
This book might not interest people who have never lived in the Service
We lived in South Carolina, LA, Haiti, Hawaii and Calif. We were in Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was attacked
I wouldn't trade lives with anyone. This book was a joy to read.
Thank you Amazon!!
Krulak does a masterful job of blending his own personal journey and experiences in with the Marine Corps' history. I intended to read this book slowly over the course of several weeks, but found that I was hesitant to put the book down at the end of each chapter and finished much sooner than I had planned.