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Marine: A Guided Tour of a Marine Expeditionary Unit (Guided Tour)

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They are the very best America has to offer --- the few and the proud. The Marine Corps has served our nation with distinction, and achieved an almost mythical status among America's defenders. Now, Tom Clancy tells us the real story of the men and women who serves in this most hallowed branch of the Armed Forces. With the same compelling style and eye for detail that mark ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 1st 1996 by Berkley (first published January 1st 1996)
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J. Gibson Hartley
Oct 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Though Clancy's knowledge of the MEU is impressive, the onslaught of technical information makes it nearly impossible for the average reader (young marine or aged civilian) to keep up with the overall mission of depicting the function and components of the MEU. Clancy would do well to use more examples of the MAGTF (Marine Air-Ground Task Force) integration to demonstrate the lethality of our MEU's ever on station across the globe. Even as a reference tool, the book is now too old to be of techn ...more
Tim Couch
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great overview of the key Marine unit.

For anyone considering military service or the parent of a Marine this is the one book to show you how the USMC works and it will make you proud.
Jim Cunningham
May 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Not a bad book by any means, but the technical material is too long and too dry. The last sections of the book, describing first-hand accounts of exercises, were very interesting and informative as were the two hypothetical conflicts written as short stories. These focused on what Clancy did best-- tell stories from the technical standpoints... characters and people were never his strong suit. Also, although I bought this book when it came out in late 1996 (and should have read it years ago), mu ...more
Eric Evhs Le
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you have any interests in joining the Marine Corps but are not yet sure, The Marine by Tom Clancy will make your answer clear. Giving maximum details of what it takes and what it is like being a Marine, the novel takes you through boot camp and on field action. Handing out details in between as how long it takes to earn a title or what weapons and vehicles the marines use are exactly what Tom Clancy gives you in this book, The Marine.
Oct 28, 2015 rated it liked it
AT this point, about 20 years after original publication, very dated. But salient points about Marine history and ethos still valid. And it's certainly not the author's fault that he's been unable to write an update!
Noah Floreza
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was very informational for me, though it is a bit outdated. As a student looking for possible jobs, i found this informational and quite useful. it's also an interesting read.
Nov 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: history
Meh didn't bother finishing this one.
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While it's a bit outdated, it delivers good knowledge about USMC and why it's exceptional among other corps.
Jul 17, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People thinking about joining
I'm a marine and this book was highly accurate in the details it had.
May 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Not my style of writing but this book is well worth it to understand the processing of a Marine. i learned a lot about how and why they work the way they do.
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“Even today, the memory of Ribbon Creek influences the way new recruits are handled—not with kid gloves, but with respect for their safety and dignity. This too is part of the Marine ethos: to take care of their brother and sister Marines.” 2 likes
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