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“…a very enjoyable read… definitely worthwhile. Should one have any interest in military history, or the Marine Corps in particular, then this book will be most enlightening.”

- Thomas Houlihan, SSGT, USMC (ret.), World War II Database

"Any who would read live-action, heart-stopping military stories needs 'The Greatest U.S. Marine Corps Stories Ever Told,' an outstanding re-enactment of some of the greatest Marine battles in history. From the battles of the War of 1812 and struggles during the Mexican-American war to more modern times, these stories of sacrifice and courage come from a range of Marine eyewitness accounts and make for an outstanding, action-packed presentation."

- Diane C. Donovan, California Bookwatch

On Point book review, Fall 2007

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THE FEW, THE PROUD, THE BRAVE
On Friday, November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress approved a resolution for the organization of the Corps, creating what would become the hallowed few, the proud--the Marines. Since then, the men and women of the United States Marine Corps have created the finest traditions of service and honor, and supplied a pantheon of heroes who have upheld them. In The Greatest U.S. Marine Stories Ever Told, editor Iain Martin has accumulated the Marines' most gripping true tales of service and sacrifice, from the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, to the conflicts where they serve today.

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Product Details

  • Series: Greatest
  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599210177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599210179
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Greatest U.S. Marine Corps Stories Ever Told is a collection of 23 stories about the United States Marine Corps, each telling a tale of bravery and courage. They covered the span of the entire history of the USMC, and touched upon every major war the USMC engaged in from Tripoli to Iraq. Of course, there are plenty of World War II stories, they are why this review is here.

Some people simplify the Marines as a group of mindless trained killing machines. "Retreat? Hell, we just got here!" Famous quotes such as this one only reinforce that myth. This book presents otherwise. Throughout training and service, Marines were brought up with the history of the USMC, each taking heart stories of predecessors, and each striving to do better. Thus, in addition to being warriors, they are also historians. The understanding that they will always lead the way into the toughest battles does not make them simple killers; instead, it makes them effective decision makers and leaders.

This leads into yet another misconception of the USMC, one that the Marines wish for war. The truth is that they resent violence as much as anyone, for they are, beneath their uniforms, just like anyone else. The difference is that when the Marines are presented war, they will do their duty unquestioningly, and they will do their best. In journalist Robert Sherrod's chapter, "Tarawa-The First Day", he observed Marines shaking from fear as they waited their turn to storm the Tarawa beach; but yet, when a landing vehicle approached their boat, with the vehicle boss yelling "Quick! Half you men get in here.
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Any who would read live-action, heart-stopping military stories needs The Greatest U.S. Marine Corps Stories Ever Told, an outstanding re-enactment of some of the greatest Marine battles in history. From the battles of the War of 1812 and struggles during the Mexican-American war to more modern times, these stories of sacrifice and courage come from a range of Marine eyewitness accounts and make for an outstanding, action-packed presentation of experience perfect not only for military holdings, but for general-interest libraries.

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This book was a very enjoyable read. Given fair warning in Colonel J.H. Alexander's introduction, I knew I wasn't going to get to read all the good Corps stories, but the ones presented were definitely worthwhile.

The twenty-three stories presented here span the entire history of the Marine Corps. To break them down, there are seven pre-20th Century, one from WWI, nine from WWII, one Korean War, four from Vietnam, one Desert Storm, and one from Iraqi Freedom.

The stories from the first 125 or so years do a very good job of laying the groundwork for an understanding of Marine pride, ethos, and courage. While Marines had served with valor during the American Revolution, it was Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon's expedition "to the shores of Tripoli" that provide one of the early highlights of Marine Corps history. This expedition against superior forces, with U.S. Navy support not only helped immensely in the campaign against the Barbary Pirates, but served to provide Marine officers forevermore with their Mameluke swords, a treasured sidearm even today. Not the only Marine officer to provide gallant service, Lieutenant J.M. Gamble more than lived up to the original requirements for Marines, that "none shall be a Marine that he not be a qualified seaman first," when the young lieutenant took command of a captured vessel, when there were not enough naval officers to take the command.

Three more stories provide glimpses of Marines in combat during the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, and the American Civil War. Sergeant John H.
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This book is a "MUST READ" for Marine Corps enthusiasts. It covers USMC history from Presley O'Bannon and the "Shores of Tripoli" to the "Halls of Montezuma" and up to Kuwait and Iraq. They are GREAT stories, well told, and well documented. A hearty recommendation.
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If you've got a Marine in the family, this is an ideal Father's Day, birthday, or Marine Corps birthday (November 10) gift. It is accessible, interesting and puts individual Marines at the heart of the story. Too often in schools today they teach that individuals don't make history but impersonal forces (economic trends, class, race, whatever)do; this book implicitly reminds us that individual choices do actually drive great historical events. Bravery and courage do matter and do change history. Also, too many school teachers say they "don't want to teach the wars," leaving generations in the dark about great turning points in our shared history. Does Belleau Wood or Henderson Field mean anything to you? If not, you need to read this book. It is a fast-paced, interesting read and will make you feel better once you've read it.
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