Synopses & Reviews
Beginning with interviews with the last surviving drill instructors of World War II, this powerful oral history offers the voices of veterans from every major war of the last sixty years, concluding with accounts of what it takes to train marines for Iraq today. contains revelatory details about the vicious training techniques used to prepare marines for the great battles against Japan in the Pacific; the Ribbon Creek training disaster of the 1950s; and legendary stories by the likes of Iwo Jima veteran "Iron" Mike Mervosh and R. Lee Ermey, the infamous drill instructor from . With death-defying accounts relayed from the MCRD in San Diego and the legendary Parris Island, is both a personal history of the 230-year-old U.S. Marine Corps and a repository of heroism, leadership, and determination in the toughest division of the United States military.
"Using their own words, the author has captured the essence of the drill instructors." Ron Christmas, Lieutenant General, USMC (Ret.)
"In , drill instructors get to have their say. Blunt humor and candor about the Marines come across loud and clear...riveting reading." Robert Flanagan
"One of the most engaging nonfiction books you'll ever read....Vivid, gripping, profound. And on the news." Columbus Dispatch
The bestseller: From the sands of Iwo Jima to the deserts of Iraq, the riveting, real-life stories of training young marines.
About the Author
Larry Smith is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Few and the Proud and Beyond Glory. The latter was adapted into a major Broadway play by Stephen Lang. Smith lives in South Norwalk, Connecticut.