Synopses & Reviews
As the war in Iraq continues, the idea of being a soldier in wartime is of interest to many Americans. Why Marines Fight
by James Brady is a ruthlessly candid book told in the words of U.S. Marines themselves, who answer provocative questions about what drives them to fight and why so competently and ferociously.
For more than two centuries, U.S. Marines have been among the world's fiercest and most admired of warriors. This pounding look into the U.S. Marines is magnificent in scope and is written by an author whom some marines consider to be the unofficial poet laureate of their corps. Brady interviews combat marines from wars ranging from World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan, and records their responses in their own unique and powerful voices. These he crafts into an authentically American story of a country at war as seen throught he eyes of its warriors. Americans who experience Brady's chronicle of this part of a soldier's life and its lasting effect may find it impossible to forget.
"Vivid.... Unusually personal and revealing." ---Publishers Weekly
"These inspirational tales cover as many Marine experiences as Brady can pack in." ---Kirkus
In their own brutally candid, often moving words, U.S. Marines tell why they are Marines, what inspires them to fight so fiercely, and why some grow to love battle.
As the war in Iraq continues, the idea of being a soldier in wartime is of interest to many Americans. Why Marines Fight by James Brady is a ruthlessly candid book told in the words of U.S. Marines themselves, who answer provocative questions about what drives them to fight and why so competently and ferociously.
About the Author
James Brady (1928–2009) commanded a rifle platoon during the Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Star for valor. He captured his experiences in The Marine, the New York Times bestsellers Warning of War and The Marines of Autumn, and the highly praised memoir The Coldest War, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. A career journalist, he created the "Page Six" gossip column in the New York Post and authored the "In Step With" column in Parade magazine for almost twenty-five years. Michael Prichard has played several thousand characters during his career. While he has been seen performing over one hundred of them in theater and film, Michael is primarily heard, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. During his career as a one-man repertory company, he has recorded many series with running characters-including the complete Travis McGee adventures by John D. MacDonald and the complete Nero Wolfe mysteries by Rex Stout-as well as series by such masters as Mark Twain, John Cheever, and John Updike. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and several AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for At All Costs by Sam Moses and In Nixon's Web by L. Patrick Gray III. Named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine, he holds an M.F.A. in theater from the University of Southern California. Michael appears regularly on the professional stage, including as a member of Ray Bradbury's Pandemonium Theatre Company, performing such great roles as Captain Beatty in Fahrenheit 451, which became the second-longest-running production in the Los Angeles area. Bradbury himself dubbed Michael "the finest Beatty in history."