Brute: The Life of Victor Krulak, U.S. Marine

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Little, Brown, Nov 10, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 300 pages
From the earliest days of his thirty-four-year military career, Victor "Brute" Krulak displayed a remarkable facility for applying creative ways of fighting to the Marine Corps. He went on daring spy missions, was badly wounded, pioneered the use of amphibious vehicles, and masterminded the invasion of Okinawa. In Korea, he was a combat hero and invented the use of helicopters in warfare. In Vietnam, he developed a holistic strategy in stark contrast to the Army's "Search and Destroy" methods -- but when he stood up to LBJ to protest, he was punished.

And yet it can be argued that all of his these accomplishments pale in comparison to what he did after World War II and again after Korea: Krulak almost single-handedly stopped the U.S. government from abolishing the Marine Corps.

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Sometimes it gets monotonous reading biographies of military men - they're just ever-so-perfect, brilliant tacticians, ethical, creative, blah blah blah (and many times untrue). This is a *real* story ... Read full review

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I received this through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program. The story of one of the legends of the USMC, if this book has a down fall, it is that the author treats his subject with a little too ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Robert Coram was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his work as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is the author of seven novels and four nonfiction books, including American Patriot: The Life and Wars of Colonel Bud Day and Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War. He lives in Atlanta.

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