- Hardcover: 479 pages
- Publisher: Naval Institute Press; ILL edition (October 15, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 159114020X
- ISBN-13: 978-1591140207
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.2 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Leathernecks: An Illustrated History of the United States Marine Corps Hardcover – Illustrated, October 15, 2008
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Bartlett and Sweetman, respected authorities on naval and Marine Corps history, collaborate on a significantly updated version of The U.S. Marine Corps: An Illustrated History. Owners of that volume need not shy away from this one. The illustrations in particular have been overhauled, incorporating many new photos and prints from unfamiliar sources. The text adds a final chapter perceptively analyzing the corps's spectrum of contributions to the war on terror, from peacekeeping operations in Africa to pitched battles in Iraq and Afghanistan. The authors' treatment of the two battles for Fallujah merit particular attention. Newcomers will find even more useful the initial chapter, a survey of marine forces since antiquity, and the body of the text, which surveys the U.S. Marines' protean history. The book, and the Corps it celebrates, are best defined by a photo: this candid shot, taken during the battle for Okinawa, shows two men of the 29th Marines sleeping, an Okinawan orphan cuddled safely between them in their fighting hole. 145 b&w photos, 112 color illus., 30 maps. (Oct.)
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Two accomplished historians, one of them a career marine, join forces in this outstanding one-volume history of the U.S. Marine Corps. The marines have distinguished themselves in every American war except, possibly, the Civil War, and are currently proving their mastery of infantry combat in Iraq. But the book also covers periods, such as the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when the marines were closer to being extinguished than distinguished, and their flubs and failures as well as their epic heroism in some of the toughest battles in American history. The post-Vietnam coverage includes uncertain weapons systems (e.g., the Osprey tilt-rotor), the integration of women and minorities (a work still in progress), and the marines’ frustrating use as a diversionary force in the Gulf War. The whole book is, as the subtitle promises, lavishly illustrated with a variety of photographs, posters, and paintings that enhance its already high value for both scholars and browsers. --Roland Green