The Proud: Inside the Marine Corps

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Written by a journalist who lived among Marines for a year, a journal of life with this elite fighting force reveals how the Marines have adjusted to changes in politics, warfare, and social attitudes. 35,000 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo.

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Always last in line among armed services at the federal funding trough, the Marines do more with less than any other branch of the services, Cohen maintains, and yet they have had to fight for their very existence since being established by Congress in 1798. In a colorful study Cohen ( Sting: Every Breath He Takes ) explains this irony, analyzing also the special place that the Corps holds in the American psyche. The format is straightforward: Cohen introduces and closely observes several representative Marines--commanders, a Parris Island (S.C.) drill instructor, a helicopter pilot, an infantry squad leader, a recruiting sergeant and others. One particularly moving section describes the celebration of the Nov. 10 anniversary of the Marines' founding; another tellingly chronicles how Marines adapted the M-16 assault rifle to meet their own exacting standards. Gaffes in the historical overview (three in a single paragraph about the Changjin Chosin reservoir stet spellings and lc reservoir per Ency Brit/eed campaign of the Korean War) can be excused in that Cohen so ably captures the Corps' elusive character. Photos.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Journalist Cohen spent three years in research and travel to find out what it means to be a Marine. He went on field maneuvers here and abroad, worked with recruiters, and interviewed top brass. The presentation of his results is well written, but this is not a particularly revealing, insightful look at the Marine Corps, which would have been valuable. There is no documentation or criticism, the Corps is romanticized, and the reader learns little that is not in recruiting literature. Teenagers (male only) considering a military career may like it. For public and high school libraries with adequate budgets.
- Edward Gibson, Jones Memorial Lib., Lynchburg, Va.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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