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Into the Crucible: Making Marines for the 21st Century

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  52 ratings  ·  7 reviews
This book describes the 54 hour exercise in which recruits are put through a series of taxing challenges whilst being denied sufficient food or sleep. Woulfe compares this training exercise with other schemes in other branches of service.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published December 6th 1999 by Presidio Press (first published 1998)
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Oct 28, 2008 Rhona rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Read this book to help understand what my son would be going through as he is in USMC Bootcamp. I found it very informative and interesting, and am very proud of my son!
I really enjoyed this book, and it was a quick read (finished in about a day and a half). It has an excellent account of what the Crucible is really like, complete with descriptions of the hardships Marine Corps recruits must endure before claiming the title of Marine. Throughout these passages, Woulfe adds stories of other Marines who in combat have demonstrated incredible leadership, honor, courage, and commitment, as well as historical facts about the Marine Corps through its beginnings, Worl ...more
Disco Biscuit
This is a great read for anyone who is thinking of becoming a Marine, or any Marine who simply wants to remind themselves what they went through. I’ve read several boot camp books, and this one is unique. It gives a detailed account of recruits participating in the Crucible, and the author combines tons of history and insight into the Marine Corps lifestyle. Drill Instructor Sergeant Lee, who teaches and leads the recruits, is an exemplary individual who is easy to admire and respect. Excellent ...more
Jun 17, 2007 Krischelle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Good, quick moto reading for Marine-aspirants, officer and enlisted alike.
Shelves: moto, military
An easy read, mainly focusing on the details of the Crucible event that rounds off Marine Corps boot camp. Making the Corps is a more thorough view of the indoctrination process throughout boot, but this is a great picture of the Crucible in particular, which wasn't around when Making the Corps was written. It's paints a nice picture of the transformation from recruit to Marine, rather than the larger transformation from civilian to Marine.

Pierre Lauzon
A very good book on Marine history and what makes a Marine a Marine using the end of Marine Boot Camp as the unifying theme. The "Crucible" is the final exam, a culminating test of endurance, team work, tactical thinking, and pride of accomplishment. The various stages of the test speak to previous Marine heroes, including some Medal of Honor winners and some recognized for being heroes away from the battlefield.
If you have a loved one going through Marine Boot Camp, this is an excellent book that explains the events of "The Crucible." I had thought of the Crucible as a final exam for Boot Camp, but really, it's still part of the training to be a Marine. The book also tells the stories of many Medal of Honor recipients and important battles. I found it very interesting.
The book provides valuable insight into the final 54 hours of Marine Recruit training. It describes each obstacle in The Crucible. The author does a wonderful job of demonstrating the core values that are all Marines learn and live by.

If you are a Marine, are interested in becoming a Marine, or if you love a Marine, you will find this book valuable.
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