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This was a decent audiobook; it's well done and will keep you interested.
Gilbert, a former Legionaire himself, really shines in talking about how one joins the Legion, the brutal training, and the unit's unique traditions and outlook.
The author does a great job of including first hand accounts of life and war in the Legion, dating back to the 19th century.
The latter part of the book, the Legion's wars and battles, is a hit and miss affair. It seems like Gilbert really rushed to cover everything. The Legion's role in Algeria (1954-1962) was especially abridged; fortunately Alistair Horne's ridculously good "A Savage War of Peace" is available here on audible as well.
I would love to see this book with a more detailed second half, and an updated one that includes the Legion's role in Afghanistan, and its return to North Africa in the Mali operation that is ongoing as I type this.
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great story about some hard men from various different backgrounds coming together to make one of the world's more Elite fighting forces what the Mystique of the French Foreign Legion this gives the reader a pretty good insight into the organization