The United States Marines: A History

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Naval Institute Press, 2003 - History - 405 pages
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Since its somewhat confused beginnings in November 1775 when the Second Continental Congress almost absentmindedly authorized two battalions of American marines, the U.S. Marine Corps has participated in all the nation's wars from the American Revolution through Desert Storm. This compact yet complete study focuses on the big wars but never slights events in between: the little wars, campaigns, punitive expeditions, showings of the flag, protection of American lives and property, and humanitarian missions that help define the corps. Nor does the author neglect the intermittent but never-ending fight for the corps's survival at home where it faces periodic challenges from Army, Navy, Air Force, and on occasion, unfriendly presidents. This third edition brings the popular and accessible history fully up to date. Because the previous edition left off at 1975, new chapters have been added to cover the tumultuous events of the last quarter-century, including Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf, Bangladesh, Somalia, and Haiti. Other chapters have been revised in light of new scholarship.
 

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This book gives a brief, but very good account of the first 200 years of the Marine Corps. The author was a retired general who was in charge of the Marine Corps' history department. Read full review

Contents

To Serve to Advantage by Sea
1
To Be Called the Marine Corps
20
Insult to the Flag Revengd
35
This Negro Question
50
Civilize Em with a Krag
68
If Attacked Shoot and Shoot to Kill
107
From Shipboard to Small Islands
124
All Organized Resistance Has Ceased
146
A Very Serious and Urgent Matter
183
A Separate Service Distinct and Apart
211
Getting Back in the Amphibious Business
248
Free Nations of the World United
331
The Marines Hymn
365
Index
381
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Simmons served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1942-1978. He retired as a Brigadier General.

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