American Spartans: The U.S. Marines : a Combat History from Iwo Jima to Iraq

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Simon and Schuster, 2005 - History - 375 pages
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American Spartans is the first modern battle history of the Marines in a generation, showing exactly how "the few and the proud" have performed in key conflicts from Iwo Jima to the present, and how they have prepared and reinvented themselves between the wars. From the islands of the Pacific, to Korea, to the Middle East, the Marines' strategies and tactics have evolved considerably during the past six decades, yet in every conflict they have proven themselves to be America's finest warriors.

Supported by dozens of interviews, hundreds of print sources, and firsthand observation of Marine training and exercises, James Warren offers a lively history of the frontline heroes, colorful personalities, and far-ranging strategists who have made the Marines what they are today. American Spartans shows how the Marines have maintained such basic, timeless precepts as "first in, last out," and "every man a rifleman," across every decade, and despite many changes in warfare, technology, and opponents.

The Marines themselves are keenly aware of the lessons of history and of the great Marines of the past. They are more conscious of their role in famous battles, and moments and careers of courage, than any other branch of the armed services. They also know, as Warren explains, that their way of life has been threatened repeatedly by political and bureaucratic attempts to overcome their independence.

As James Warren shows, the real lesson of Marine history is that they have been our elite all along, and we have much to learn from them.


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FOUR Transition and Challenge 1945 to 1950
SEVEN Between Two Wars 1953 to 1965
ELEVEN The Gulf War to Somalia

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James A. Warren is the author of the award-winning history of combat marines "American Spartans".

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