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Grunts

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  110 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews

In Grunts, renowned historian John C. McManus demonstrates that, from the invasion beaches of the Second World War to the deserts of the Middle East, the foot soldier has been the most indispensible-and most overlooked-factor in wartime victory.

Advances in weaponry have threatened to render the infantryman obsolete for centuries. Even today, precision-guided munitions, nu

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ebook, 448 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published July 22nd 2010)
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Chris Chester
May 01, 2013 Chris Chester rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A really great read, depending on why you decide to dig into it.

If you're looking for an enthralling perspective into the hairiest, most gritty infantry conflicts waged during the twentieth century, you're going to enjoy yourself quite a bit.

The evangelizing for the role of infantry in modern combat I feel more mixed about. McManus makes a pretty strong case that the American military machine places too great an emphasis on impersonal weapons systems in the naive belief that we can win wars with
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Rob
May 25, 2015 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Long book. Fascinating first hand accounts of battles throughout recent history. The Iraq stuff really blew my mind. Obviously we all followed on the news, but I get the feeling the real experience hasn't been documented at all yet.
Maria
McManus argues that it is boots on the ground that wins wars, not fancy weapons systems alone. Despite predictions for the last 60 years, it is the infantry men that have made the US military great. McManus walks the reader thru 7 battles from WWII to Iraq and explains what it was like to be there and what was necessary to win.

Why I started this book: I've been eye-balling this book for over a year. It looked fascinating (and it was!) but it was also big.

Why I finished it: It took me a while to
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Christopher
A well written and researched account of infantry actions, but fails to meet its billing. Not on par with The Face of Battle, the author never seems to describe how the events support this thesis that close combat is immutable. While weak in this area, the book provides great detail of several small unit actions that are worth a look. An easy read but and a pure history.
David
Oct 31, 2010 David rated it really liked it
A scholarly, but very readable, advocacy for the conitnuing utility of the rifleman in an era of exotic warfare technology. Grunts present case histories from World War II through the current Middle Eastern conflicts to bolster this premise.

McManus, a respected military historian, really did his homework on this tome and it shows. His writing chops are nothing to sneeze at, either.
Dio Aufa Handoyo
Sep 09, 2013 Dio Aufa Handoyo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq. This book presents the fact that throughout history, despite technological advances, the presence of infantry has always been irreplaceable in conflicts. A good read to balance the perception of how air and naval power alone can solely meet strategic warfare goals.
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Spencer
Sep 21, 2013 Spencer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent perspective and analysis. Gruesome and descriptive battle descriptions. He is now one of my favorite authors...will definitely be reading his other works in the near future. I LOVE how he calls out bullshit, in all its various forms haha.
Angela
A retrospective anthology on the American infantry combat experience.I was principally interested in the Vietnam period; it is well laid out to research specific conflicts, and well-told.
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