First to Fight: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps

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Naval Institute Press, 1999 - History - 252 pages
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In this riveting insider's chronicle, legendary Marine General "Brute" Krulak submits an unprecedented examination of U.S. Marines--their fights on the battlefield and off, their extraordinary esprit de corps. Deftly blending history with autobiography, action with analysis, and separating fact from fable, General Krulak touches the very essence of the Corps: what it means to be a Marine and the reason behind its consistently outstanding performance and reputation.

Krulak also addresses the most basic but challenging question of all about the Corps: how does it manage to survive--even to flourish--despite overwhelming political odds and, as the general writes, "an extraordinary propensity for shooting itself in the foot?" To answer this question Krulak examines the foundation on which the Corps is built, a system of intense loyalty to God, to country, and to other Marines. He also takes a close look at Marines in war, offering challenging accounts of their experiences in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. In addition, he describes the Corps's relationship to other services, especially during the unification battles following World War II, and offers new insights into the decision-making process in times of crisis. First published in hardcover in 1984, this book has remained popular ever since with Marines of every rank.

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Review: First to Fight: An Inside View of the US Marine Corps

User Review  - Fredrick Danysh - Goodreads

A former Commandant of the United States Marine Corps writes about life in the Corps. He gives personal accounts of several incidents and wars as well as discussing the Corps fight for survival. Read full review

Review: First to Fight: An Inside View of the US Marine Corps

User Review  - John - Goodreads

A worthwhile and enjoyable read for Marines/Marine Corps enthusiasts, Krulak shares stories of the Corps that are not often told, some of them from as he experienced them himself, all of them contributing to the legacy and culture of the Marine Corps. Read full review

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Krulak is a retired Lieutenant General MSMC.

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