Synopses & Reviews
Making the Corps
visits the front lines of boot camp, Parris Island, South Carolina. Here, old values are stripped away and new, Marine Corps values are forged. Acclaimed military journalist Thomas E. Ricks follows these men from their hometowns, through boot camp, and into their first year as Marines. As three fierce drill instructors fight a battle for the hearts and minds of this unforgettable group of young men, a larger picture emerges, brilliantly painted, of the growing gulf that divides the military from the rest of America.
A thousand years from now, a historian looking at the U.S. military will do well to cite Rick's book.
Anyone reading this book cannot help but think that America has many lessons to learn from the Marines.
Stephen E. Ambrose
author of Citizen Soldiers and Undaunted Courage
This is a wonderful book. Ricks combines fine descriptive writing, thoughtful comparisons between the Corps of today and the past, and between the Corps and the U.S. Army, and insightful speculation about the future of the Corps -- all enclosed in as good a piece of storytelling as I have read in decades.
A must-read for those concerned with civil-military relations in the United States.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Mogadishu, December 1992
Chapter 1. Disorientation
Chapter 2. The Forming
Chapter 3. Training
Chapter 4. Warrior Week
Chapter 5. Ready
Chapter 6. Graduation
Chapter 7. Back In The World
Chapter 8. In The Marines
Chapter 9. On American Soil
Epilogue: Parris Island, October 1996