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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Enjoyed but not quite the story I was looking for.
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.
No I haven't.
As a marine it made me want to seek out more of my fellow marines.
- Mike Harbour