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American Spartans The U S Marines A Combat History from Iwo Jima to Iraq American Spartans is the first modern battle history of the Marines in a generation showing exactly how the few and the proud have performed in key conflicts from Iwo Jima to the present and how the

  • Title: American Spartans: The U.S. Marines: A Combat History from Iwo Jima to Iraq
  • Author: James A. Warren
  • ISBN: 9780684872841
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Hardcover
  • American Spartans: The U.S. Marines: A Combat History from Iwo Jima to Iraq By James A. Warren, American Spartans is the first modern battle history of the Marines in a generation, showing exactly how the few and the proud have performed in key conflicts from Iwo Jima to the present, and how they have prepared and reinvented themselves between the wars From the islands of the Pacific, to Korea, to the Middle East, the Marines strategies and tactics have evolved cAmerican Spartans is the first modern battle history of the Marines in a generation, showing exactly how the few and the proud have performed in key conflicts from Iwo Jima to the present, and how they have prepared and reinvented themselves between the wars From the islands of the Pacific, to Korea, to the Middle East, the Marines strategies and tactics have evolved considerably during the past six decades, yet in every conflict they have proven themselves to be America s finest warriors.Supported by dozens of interviews, hundreds of print sources, and firsthand observation of Marine training and exercises, James Warren offers a lively history of the frontline heroes, colorful personalities, and far ranging strategists who have made the Marines what they are today American Spartans shows how the Marines have maintained such basic, timeless precepts as first in, last out, and every man a rifleman, across every decade, and despite many changes in warfare, technology, and opponents.The Marines themselves are keenly aware of the lessons of history and of the great Marines of the past They are conscious of their role in famous battles, and moments and careers of courage, than any other branch of the armed services They also know, as Warren explains, that their way of life has been threatened repeatedly by political and bureaucratic attempts to overcome their independence.As James Warren shows, the real lesson of Marine history is that they have been our elite all along, and we have much to learn from them.

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    1. This is an overview of the battles that the Marine Corp has fought since Iwo Jima to the beginning of Operation Freedom battles fought with enemies and with Congress over budgets This book documents the ebb and flow of public support and understanding of the Marine Corp and its methods.Why I started this book As I work my way thru the Navy s Recommended Reading list, I m starting with those that have audio books and who doesn t like a good history about the Marines Why I finished it Very interes [...]

    2. This book simply tried to cover it all from Iwo Jima to Iraq in 2005 and in the process missed key points of history The very FIRST thing it misses is the photo on the cover Amazing the author claims to have taken 4 years to compile the book, meets scores of important Marines for information and never quite gets to the point of what he s trying to convey The photo on the cover is of 28 year old and Father of 3 at the time PFC Paul E Ison This photo is the second most famous within the History of [...]

    3. This is a book focused exclusively on the U.S Marines since the battle for Iwo Jima in early 1945 until the Iraq War of 2003 Despite its subtitle about being a battle history , the book doesn t explicitly limit itself to battlefield developments, though there is plenty of combat here Iwo, Okinawa, Korea, Lebanon 1958 , Vietnam, Lebanon again, in the early 1980s , Panama, Grenada, Operation Desert Shield Storm, Afghanistan, and finally Iraq What the book adds are significant off the battlefield d [...]

    4. A very well written history of the Marine Corps from the battle of Iwo Jima up to the current war in Iraq The pieces on Korean and Vietnam are very well done and I learned a lot in both cases The author also details the interesting administrative battles that the Marines had to fight to maintain their existence and share their role in the modern world All in all, it was a good read, full of the courage and excitement that good military history should have, but also not afraid to tackle the less [...]

    5. Well done for the most part Meticulously researched, although with a few minor mistakes in unit names and so on, apparently mainly due to misinterpreting acronyms I also thought it was odd that the author started at Iwo Jima rather than before World War II or at that war s beginning it would have been interesting had he covered the defense of Wake Island, Guadalcanal, and other high points before Iwo.Still, an excellent book, one I d recommend to anyone interested in the history of the Marine Co [...]

    6. Where to start For me, American Spartans was one of those books that was painful and time consuming to read, but worth it in the end While this book was not what I was expecting, it did provide fascinating facts about the development of the U.S Marines On the other hand, I was lost in the never ending names of units and sections in the Marines and their differences If you are looking for a book that summarizes the Marines overall participation in wars post 1900 s then I would suggest American Sp [...]

    7. Not a great book But one that covers a pivotal part of history This book is not an exhaustive work, but rather a quick visit to all the activities of the Corps in the Cold War and post Cold War eras A good quick primer that will familiarize the reader with all the issue of the era, as well as the support structure that serves the Marines.

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