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American Spartans: The U.S. Marines: A Combat History from Iwo Jima to Iraq | [James A. Warren]

American Spartans: The U.S. Marines: A Combat History from Iwo Jima to Iraq

James A. Warren's battle-driven history shows how this elite culture has produced the best warriors in the country, through six decades, several open wars, and many smaller interventions. From their heroic performance in the Pacific War, against Japanese troops on god-forsaken islands, to their "tip-of-the-lance" leadership in key operations in the two Gulf Wars, the Marines have proven again and again that elite men with elite training are worth entire armies.
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James A. Warren's battle-driven history shows how this elite culture has produced the best warriors in the country, through six decades, several open wars, and many smaller interventions. From their heroic performance in the Pacific War, against Japanese troops on god-forsaken islands, to their "tip-of-the-lance" leadership in key operations in the two Gulf Wars, the Marines have proven again and again that elite men with elite training are worth entire armies.

This is the first modern history of the Marines in a generation and the first to show how battlefield performance has driven the Marines from the Cold War to the war on terror.

©2005 James Warren; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    David Sioux Falls, SD, United States 04-21-06
    David Sioux Falls, SD, United States 04-21-06 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent"

    I have read or listened to many books on the subject of the marines and their battle history. This listen will give you a broad overview of all the battles be they on the battle field or in the halls of political power of the marines since WWII. If you are interested in modern marine history this is a great place to start.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Pleasant Grove, UT, USA 08-31-08
    Craig Pleasant Grove, UT, USA 08-31-08 Member Since 2013
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    "The only book I haven't been able to finish..."

    I've currently listened to over 200 books from Audible, and this was the first I couldn't make it through. I felt like this was a text book with little personality and the author seemed to have taken the marine lore hook, line and sinker.

    I have great respect for our military, esp, the Marine Corp but there are many better books that inspire (No True Glory, Black Hawk Down and Flags of our Fathers just to name a few). If you're looking for a text book account of the Marine Corp history this is your book!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kelli Marie Campbell Jacksonville, NC United States 02-27-15
    Kelli Marie Campbell Jacksonville, NC United States 02-27-15 Member Since 2011
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    "History that if you are a Marine, you have heard."

    If you are a Marine, it's your history but nothing you haven't heard before. If you want to get a better understanding of where the Marine corps came from then this is a good start.

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    John E. Rocha Houston, TX United States 02-17-15
    John E. Rocha Houston, TX United States 02-17-15 Member Since 2010

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    "U.S. Marines are more than Spartans!"

    Great Mid 20th Century to 2002 history of the U.S. Marines. The reader learns about how the marines had to adapt as an entire Corps to stay on tip of their game and to remain an elite military ready force for America.

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