Making the Corps

  • by Thomas E. Ricks
  • Narrated by Robin Bloodworth
  • 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The United States Marine Corps, with its proud tradition of excellence in combat, its hallowed rituals, and its unbending code of honor, is part of the fabric of American myth. Making the Corps visits the front lines of boot camp in Parris Island, South Carolina. Here, old values are stripped away and new Marine Corps values are forged. Best-selling author Thomas E. Ricks follows these men from their hometowns, through boot camp, and into their first year as Marines. As three fierce drill instructors fight a battle for the hearts and minds of this unforgettable group of young men, a larger picture emerges, brilliantly painted, of the growing gulf that divides the military from the rest of America.
Included in this edition is an all-new afterword from the author that examines the war in Iraq through the lens of the Marines from Platoon 3086, giving listeners an on-the-ground view of the conflict from those who know it best.


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Customer Reviews

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Enjoyed but not quite the story I was looking for.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Maybe, as a Marine who went thru boot camp some 30 years ago I was looking forward to a book on what it was like to do it when the book was written. What I got was a book that was maybe a 1/4 of that with a lot of history, Sociology, politics and a various unrelated stories about Marines and the various stages of life. I enjoyed it but it was not the book I was hoping for.

If you’ve listened to books by Thomas E. Ricks before, how does this one compare?

No I haven't.

What does Robin Bloodworth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?


Did Making the Corps inspire you to do anything?

As a marine it made me want to seek out more of my fellow marines.

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- Mike Harbour

A Must Read for Understanding the Marine Corps

The book highlights the Marine Corps method of transformation in boot camp, unique amongst the services. It shows how the values preached by the USMC are quickly contradicted and somewhat lost upon Marines. Honor of Country, Discipline, Forward Movement, Pride/Accomplishment are amongst the values that remain but a comprehensive morality and ethos are contradicted early on and ruined in recruits who may have once 'believed'. Some will ignore the nonsense and focus on becoming great warriors, many others will feel even more lost once it's all over. The book's focus is the journey of 3086 through boot camp and briefly some of their outcomes. The values problem is alluded to but not focused on as I described, that is simply my side observation - I've always experienced the Corps as being of both ferocious warrior and ferocious dysfunction. Great book for beginning to understand the Marine Corps, unbiased - not a liberal hit piece dont worry, respectful but truthful, insightful. Marines and anyone interested in the USMC must read it. Narration and writing are both excellent.
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- Joe S

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-12-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios