--A collection of memories that does more justice for the Marine grunt than any book has done in ages. Sure, there have been tons of biographies written about leaders and their combat expeditions; even more that deal with specific battles and the glorious outcomes attain. The author chooses to write about the interaction that no training can provide. He writes of stateside bases and far off places, of lessons learned and mysteries revealed. Most active duty grunts have seen some form of combat, evacuations or humanitarian exercises. The author is no different. He chooses not to write about his awards or deployments but of the brotherhood that is built during a tour, and the way the unselfish and courageous warrior heart is formed. The author shares his clearest recollections that are far and away beyond those that any fiction writer has dreamed up or any fancy series writer has yet been able to obtain. This then is not a book of interviews and side bars with the top brass who point their fingers and give the order but more about then men who take the order; learning from their mistakes, swearing and smiling as they go.