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Old 29 September 2015, 17:27
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Best books about USMC and great Marines?

I'm trying to find the best all-around books about the USMC and great Marines that give insight into the service: histories, biographies, memoirs, studies, etc. I'm digging around and did a search through the boards, turning up a few good books, but I was wondering if anyone had recommendations?
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Old 29 September 2015, 17:38
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Level Zero Heroes. With the Old Breed. Helmet for my pillow. One Million Steps. Battle Ready.

These are a few of my favorite books about the USMC.
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Old 29 September 2015, 18:46
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Old 14 October 2015, 16:24
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Marine! The Life of Chesty Puller
One Million Steps
Last Stand at Khe San
Breakout: The Chosin Reservoir Campaign
Fields of Fire
Helmet for my Pillow
With the Old Breed
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Old 14 October 2015, 17:12
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Semi-Fiction (AKA Sea Stories):
The "Side Out" Series by Maj. Gene Duncan USMC (Ret)
"Green Side Out"
"Brown Side Out"
"Run in Circles"
"Scream and Shout"

Fiction:
"Battle Cry" by Leon Uris

Historical narrative:
"Voices of the Pacific: Untold Stories from the Marine Heroes of World War II" by Adam Makos
"Flags of our Fathers" by James Brady

Specific biography's
"Once a Legend:"Red Mike" Edson of the Marine Raiders" by John Hoffman
"Evans Carlson, Marine Raider: The Man Who Commanded America's First Special Forces" by Duane Schultz

Those are just sitting on my book shelf in front of me, I could come up with a few more if I put in some effort.
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Semi-Fiction (AKA Sea Stories):
The "Side Out" Series by Maj. Gene Duncan USMC (Ret)
"Green Side Out"
"Brown Side Out"
"Run in Circles"
"Scream and Shout"....
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Old 14 October 2015, 18:25
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During boot camp, our "heavy" Sgt. Edwards would read a page or two from this book each night it was his turn to stay with our platoon. He would always end it with something like "This is what it's all about ladies. If this doesn't motivate you - you are in the wrong place."

I have read this book at least three times since then. Still one of my all time favorites.

I also suggest:
- Inside Force Recon - Recon Marines in Vietnam
- Force Recon Diary 1969
OK - these two are obviously specific to FR, but still great books.

- The Lieutenant Don't Know - One Marine's Story of Warfare and Combat Logistics in Afghanistan
I got this one because of the different angle it represented: a junior officer and logistics and combat? I thought it was a great story and it shows how dangerous it is for everyone in the military in A-stan. And even especially dangerous for a logistics company. It also reinforces the point that all Marines should be able to function in combat.
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Maybe it mentions Jack Skaggs?
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Old 20 October 2015, 08:33
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Making The Corps- Thomas Ricks

With the old Breed- E.B. Sledge

Dear Mom, A Snipers Vietnam- Chuck Mawhinney
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Old 27 October 2015, 11:09
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First to Fight by Brute Krulak would be a good one to try.
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Old 27 October 2015, 23:42
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Devil dogs: fighting marines of World War I
George B Clark
Presidio Press, 1999.

also see http://www.mcu.usmc.mil/historydivis...tions_new.aspx
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Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account by Richard B. Frank

Couldn't put this book down. Read it in 27 hours. Then just absorbed it for days after trying to imagine the unimaginable.
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Old 30 October 2015, 11:37
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Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account by Richard B. Frank

Couldn't put this book down. Read it in 27 hours. Then just absorbed it for days after trying to imagine the unimaginable.
That's a good one. Guadalcanal was one hell of a battle.
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Old 3 November 2015, 10:14
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Thank you all for the recommendations. These sound like some good reading.
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Old 11 November 2015, 01:47
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"Colder Than Hell: A Marine Rifle Company at Chosin Reservoir "
by Lt. Joe Owen (Weapons Platoon Commander)
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Marine! The Life of Chesty Puller, Started reading it today
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