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Why Marines Fight

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  91 ratings  ·  9 reviews
United States Marines, for more than two centuries, have been among the world’s fiercest and most admired of warriors. They have fought from the Revolutionary War to Afghanistan and Iraq, in famous battles become bone and sinew of American lore. But why do Marines fight? Why fight so well? Why run toward the guns? Now comes a thrilling new book, pounding and magnificent in ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published 2007)
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Chrissy
Don't be fooled by the title. The book hardly even addressed, much less delved into, why Marines fight. This book is essentially a collection of Marines' (a few pages dedicated to each Marine) stories the author interviewed that states when they were born, where they went to school, and a few snip-its of their time in the Marine Corps. It almost seems as if the author bit off more than he could chew, and by actually announcing he was writing this book in a magazine, he had to follow through and ...more
Fredrick Danysh
The author, a Marine himself, takes a look at why that special breed of men and women called Marines answer their countries call to place their lives in potential danger when the majority of Americans run from self-sacrifice and service to their country. He has interviewed Marines who have served over the last 80 years and certain characteristics are common among them. I don't want to spoil the book but Brady uses many words that are foreign to most Americans, escpecially our political leaders: ...more
James Preston
While this book does give some reasons as to why Marines fight, it does not seem to focus on the question. Instead it is focused more on the background of some Marines who have gone to war, and what it was that led them to the Corps. Regardless, it provides an excellent account of men who have gone to war. It gives and inside look at their feelings and emotions while there, and after returning home. It makes you realize the price that they pay, and helps one to appreciate more fully what they ha ...more
Wes
The reason I gave this book such a low rating is because it didn't focus on what I bought it for which is discussing "Why Marine's Fight". The book is made up of many short chapters, each of which tells the story of a different Marine. It mentioned some significant people, had some good stories (and a lot of stories I didn't find interesting), but all in all I wasn't satisfied.
David
The title explains it. Brady, who was a decorated Marine combat veteran, tells it like it is. Brady knows why the United States Marine Corps has the reputation as a first-rate fighting unit and you will, too, after reading this book.
Francis Soriano
I've only gone through the first two chapters and it seems very interesting. It talks about the background of the Marine Corp's history but it did not mention why marines do what they do. Maybe thats later on the chapter.
chris
Pretty good individual stories but I already knew the answer to the question....
Rick Hamlet
Intriguing series of individual stories.
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James Winston Brady was an American celebrity columnist who created the Page Six gossip column in the New York Post and authored the In Step With column in Parade for nearly 25 years until his death. He also authored numerous books about his time serving in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.
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“We ended up our talk by my asking Dennis his feelings now about the Marines. Any regrets for all those wounds? Or about having been sent to and having to fight an unpopular war?
"No. The Marine Corps meant a tremendous amount to me. And even today I gain momentum from it. The Corps is one of the prime reasons Marines are so successful in whatever we do - because we refuse to quit.”
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“Why did these men fight? The answer is simple. We were ordinary people molded into Marines. The same can be said of those who served in the army. We all had the proper upbringings of common folk, when you have a task to do, you work hard, give it your best and get the job done. We came from different backgrounds; however, we became a team, moving and fighting as if we had known each other all of our lives. All of us have bonded for life and still keep in touch by phone, letters, and visits. If anyone of the second squad needs help you can be sure the rest of the squad would be there. All of those I have kept in touch with have been successful in the life endeavors they chose.
"Not one of them is bitter about giving up two years of their life to 'Serve Their Country'"
-George E. Krug”
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