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Semper Fi: The Definitive Illustrated History of the U.S. Marines Paperback – November 2, 2010

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Colonel H. Avery Chenoweth USMCR, Retired, served as officer-in-charge of the Marine Corps First Combat Art Team, and is a veteran of the Korean, Vietnam, and Gulf Wars.
He twice received the prestigious Col. John W. Thomason Award for Artistic Achievement, as well as the Legion of Merit for his artistic coverage of the Gulf war. Colonel Chenoweth is the author of Art of War: Eyewitness Combat from the Revolution through the Twentieth Century.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 492 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Reprint edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402781032
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402781032
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 10 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #789,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I own several of the more popular table top books about the Corps,the ones with emblems in the center of the cover, but this one is really superior. First that needs mentioning are the outstanding photos of the artifacts, items that you would see in a museum. Also the text tells the story in enough detail to allow the reader to gain a good knowledge and appreciation of this historic institution. The book is well put together and really an attractive edition. Also it tells the Marine Corps story right up to our current war on terrorism. What really made me buy the book was when I saw 3 photos that were taken of Harrier jets of the Bumblebees of VMA-331 aboard the USS Nassau during the 1990-1991 Gulf War. I was a member of VMA-331 during that cruise. In fact I ran into the author, Col Chenoweth, one day in medical triage, as he was headed out to take photos of the air ops. In the book, there are two standard deck shots of the jets on the ship and then there is one of a pilot in his jet preparing for takeoff. That pilot was Captain Manny Rivera USMC of New York who was lost in an aircraft crash soon after that picture was taken.

That's all it took.
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Format: Hardcover
There are a number of books on the Corps, but this is one of the best, professionally prepared and well produced books I have seen. With that in mind, it seems odd that the one and very serious error, as was previously mentioned, is the Birthday of the Corps. As the author, researchers, or producers should have known, the Corps of US (or Continental) Marines was born on November 10, 1775 and we (Marines) will celebrate 231 years of proud service to this copuntry in a few days.

The remainder of the book gives a clear, precise and detailed account of the history and equipment of the Corps, without getting bogged down with specific elements of that history. Should a reader wish to look further on a portion of history, as noted, there are many more detailed accounts of specific periods, battles, etc.

However, it presents the story of the Marines with gusto, like the burning of Washington by the British during the War of 1812, when Marine gunners and riflemen from the Barracks and the Navy Yard held the British advance, causing them numerous casualties, allowing the Continental Army to withdraw. One of the few buildings not destroyed by the Brits is the Marine Barracks at 8th and I, and is one of the oldest buildings still standing in the city. A Royal Marine officer refused to burn the building out of respect for the gallant stand taken by the American Marines in their desperate attmpt to defend the city.

The book itself is well produced and handsomely presented, and for the price, a solid bargain, certainly for any Marine, or anyone else interested in the history of the Marine Corps.
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A great history of our nation's finest defenders of liberty. The author tells it like it is, with nothing held back. A recommended read for everyone to let them know that freedom is not free.
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Format: Hardcover
I bought two for two of my grandsons - they were absolutely delighted with the book! They both felt it was full of information they had never learned.
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I was shocked when I got this book in the mail. I could barely pick up the package. It measures 12 inches tall, 10.5 inches wide, and is 2 inches thick. It was written by Col H. Avery Chenoweth, USMCR (ret). It is a definitive, illustrated history of the USMC. This book describes the Marines as brave, ferocious, and tactically superior. It covers fighting such as the Battle of Princeton, Hall of Montezuma, the Boxer Rebellion, Iwo Jima, and more. There is "no better friend, no worse enemy than a U.S. Marine." It is the only branch of the military that combines expertise in air, land and sea combat. They were created during the American Revolution and have evolved into the U.S. Marine Corps of today.
This book is copyrighted 2005. Glossy full color pages. It lists Marine Corps ranks with insignias, Medals and decorations, battle streamers, unit sizes and commands, marine corps lingo, and Selected Marine Acronyms. Another book chock full of information that you shouldn't miss having.
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I bought this as a gift for my special lady, who has a son in the Marines, and she was all like, "OMG NOW I CAN KNOW WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT!" and then everything was nice for everyone, ever. Buy from the seller to learn about history and make everything better.
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Format: Hardcover
This book was placed in our local library in memory of Staff Sergeant William J. Daniels, United States Marine Corps.(Ret.). It is the best book I have ever seen on the Marine Corps and proud to have placed it there in his honor.
Signed: Robert Morgan
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for gifts for the Marines in my life. They both really liked receiving the book. They said it brought back memories when they were still in the Marines. I was pleased that they enjoyed getting the book.
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