Underdogs: The Making of the Modern Marine Corps

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Harvard University Press, Oct 29, 2012 - History - 376 pages
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The Marine Corps has always considered itself a branch apart. Since 1775 America’s smallest armed service has been suspicious of outsiders and deeply loyal to its traditions. Undying faith in its exceptionalism made the Marines one of the sharpest, swiftest tools of American military power, but developing this brand did not come without costs.

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Cultural history of the Marines during and since WWII. O’Connell emphasizes the Marines’ grasp of PR, used in service of their overwhelming and constant sense of being under threat, more often from ... Read full review

Underdogs: The Making of the Modern Marine Corps.

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A Marine reservist, O'Connell (history, U.S. Naval Academy) argues that the Marines waged a culture war from World War II through the mid-1960s. He attributes the rise of the Marines from a tiny ... Read full review

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Aaron B. O’Connell is Assistant Professor of History at the United States Naval Academy.

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