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Gunny's Rules: How to Get Squared Away Like a Marine Hardcover – October 28, 2013

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R. Lee Ermey is a nationally-recognized pop culture icon. His acting career was launched with his memorable role in Full Metal Jacket, in which he played the highly quotable boot camp sergeant (“What is your major malfunction?”). Recently, he hosted the History Channel’s popular “Mail Call” program on military technology for seven years. Ermey served in the United States Marine Corps for eleven years, rising to the rank of staff sergeant; later he was granted an honorary promotion to gunnery sergeant, earning him the nickname “Gunny.”
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing (October 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621571599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621571599
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Of course you have seen R. Lee Ermey on TV and on the movie screen. He is usually, but not always, the Drill Sargent. In fact, for the past generation he defines the image of what we think a Marine Drill Instructor is or at least should be. I am not a Marine so I will leave that for others to decide. He is a compelling presence on the screen and there is no doubt or debate about that.

This book is part autobiography and part motivational. In fact, I think the focus of the book is its motivation to help its readers get excited about getting control of their lives and getting things “squared away” and moving forward in life. The stories R. Lee Ermey tells about his life are there to illustrate the principles he is driving home (and to hold our interest – personal stories are always more attention grabbing than abstract rules and principles).

We learn about his early life, his joining the Marines, how he knocked around before he got into Hollywood. How he got his first break in the movies as a technical consultant and how he got on the screen the first time. And of course, we learn what it was like on the sets of those movies, especially the set of “Full Metal Jacket” and how grateful the Gunny is to Kubrick for that role. But all the interesting stories are in service to a bigger goal: helping the reader – especially young men and women – understand what it is going to take to get their lives in order and heading in a good direction with energy and purpose.

The writing in the book sounds just like Ermey does on the screen. Direct, forceful, and mildly Marine coarse. He entertainingly drives home the importance of being in charge of your life, no Marine waits for the enemy to come to him. He decides on an objective and goes and achieves it.
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I bought this book from R. Lee Ermey's (a.k.a. The Gunny) website. Of course, I paid a little extra for the hard cover and personalized autograph edition, but I'd say it was worth it. The Gunny gives it to you straight as if you were a newly graduated Marine Corps boot, speaking shoulder to shoulder with a true veteran of the campaign. As an instructor, his goal is to keep you alive and well-oiled as a fighting man and as a man. In that regard, I believe this book will be successful for you. I give the Gunny much respect as it has been well-earned, time and time again. Semper Fi, Gunny.
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Great Book full of words of wisdom! I was fortunate enough to meet R. Lee Ermey last year.
His book is spot on without any political correctness crap! If more people put these words to use this country would be a lot better off!
Hell I liked the book so much it could come over to my house and ... well you get the point.

It was a great read for Veterans Day!
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He applies what he learned in the Marines to all endeavors in his life. A great biography mixed with his rules for life.
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Almost everyone that has been involved in shooting sports has heard and seen The Gunny at one time or another passionately expounding on one of his favorite topics and this book gives a peek at the man behind the public persona and, to no surprise at all, what you see is exactly what he is. How can we clone him and get him and his brothers to run for office? Hmmmm.......
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I have been an admirer of the GUNNY for several years. I am a veteran of the US Air Force Fire Department during the Korean War. I know Gunny speaks with knowledge. Keep up your great stories and TV shows!
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By ALMBeau on November 13, 2013
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A great motivational read. I will be rereading this book. Perfect for a small business owner. Thank you for your service!!!
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This is a nice quick read, even for a guy who never reads. A great self-help book by a guy who tells it like it is.
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