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Aaron B. O'Connell is a professor at Annapolis. O'Connell covers briefly the beginning of the Corp and it's poor reputation because of it tough men many with criminal backgrounds. When the Corp was created it designed it's self on the Royal marines including the uniform. O'Connell covers in detail the period from WWII to the start of the Vietnam war. . The marines transformed itself from American least respected to it's most elite armed forces during this period. He explains in detail how they created a great public relation infrastructure, cultivated newsman and Hollywood to promote the corp. Unlike the other services the Marine stories were focus on the men mainly the privates and aimed the information for the families at home. He shows how the corp created exceptionalism, self promotion, and strong sense of identity, and their role in American politics and culture. It is an interesting book but he could have reduced the amount of repetition. If you want to understand the history of the Corp and how it made itself this is the book for you. If you are a history buff you will also enjoy the book. Danny Campbell did a good job with the narration.
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