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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.
©1997 Thomas E. Ricks (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Mike Harbour on 06-04-16

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-10-18

Making the Corps review

As a civilian with a dream of transforming into a United States Marine, this novel has given me a superior insight into the Marine Corps, and a deeper understand of why I want to join the Marines. Thank you Thomas E. Ricks for entrenching my will and hope of being a Marine.

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4 out of 5 stars
By I on 06-10-16

Interesting though now a little dated

Would you listen to Making the Corps again? Why?

Probably not. As I say its now a little dated. I would certainly listen to a more uptodate version

What did you like best about this story?

The content is well researched and thought provoking

Have you listened to any of Robin Bloodworth’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, though he is a good narrator

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I enjoyed finding out what happened to the characters later in their lives

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