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


To Serve to Advantage by Sea
To Be Called the Marine Corps
Insult to the Flag Revengd
This Negro Question
Civilize Em with a Krag
If Attacked Shoot and Shoot to Kill
From Shipboard to Small Islands
All Organized Resistance Has Ceased
A Very Serious and Urgent Matter
A Separate Service Distinct and Apart
Getting Back in the Amphibious Business
Free Nations of the World United
The Marines Hymn

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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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