Making the Corps

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Simon and Schuster, 1998 - Technology & Engineering - 320 pages
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Semper Fi. The few, the proud. From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli. Once a Marine, always a Marine. The United States Marine Corps, with its fiercely proud tradition of excellence in combat, its hallowed rituals, and its unbending code of honor, is part of the fabric of American myth. No other group in America leaves so deep and permanent a mark on its members. Today, though, the Marine Corps feels increasingly besieged, at war with a new kind of enemy the vast social and political forces that it feels threaten to destroy its values. "Making the Corps" visits the front lines of that war: boot camp, Parris Island, South Carolina, "where the difference begins." Here, old values are stripped away and new, Marine Corps values, forged. Acclaimed military journalist Thomas E. Ricks follows sixty-three raw recruits, the men of recruit platoon 3086, from their hometowns to Parris Island, through boot camp, and into their first year as Marines. As three fierce drill instructors fight a battle for the hearts and minds of this unforgettable group of young men, a larger picture emerges, brilliantly painted, of the growing gulf that divides the military from the rest of America.
 

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User Review  - TimBazzett - LibraryThing

Thomas E. Ricks's MAKING THE CORPS has sat in my bookcase for more than three years but I finally got around to reading it, and now I wonder what took me so long. Because this snail's eye view of a ... Read full review

MAKING THE CORPS

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Wall Street Journal Pentagon correspondent Ricks effectively combines a vivid account of the rigorous basic training received by US Marine recruits with commentary on what separates the demanding ... Read full review

Contents

MOGADISHU DECEMBER 1992
17
DISORIENTATION
27
THE FORMING
53
TRAINING
73
WARRIOR WEEK
132
READY
168
GRADUATION
206
BACK IN THE WORLD
228
IN THE MARINES
238
ON AMERICAN SOIL
274
PARRIS ISLAND OCTOBER 1996
299
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
307
INDEX
311
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About the author (1998)

Thomas Ricks, the Pentagon correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and won a Society of Professional Journalists Award for best feature reporting for his writing on the Marine Corps. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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