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Marine! The Life of Chesty Puller (original 1962; edition 1991)

by Burke Davis

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Title:Marine! The Life of Chesty Puller
Authors:Burke Davis
Info:Bantam (1991), Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
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Marine! The Life of Lt. Gen. Lewis B. (Chesty) Puller, USMC (Ret.) by Burke Davis (1962)

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Lewis "Chesty" Puller may well have been the baddest mutha to ever put on a United States uniform and go to war. A career soldier who saw action all over the globe, Puller is a legendary figure to todays Marines, much as I imagine El Cid was to the generations which followed. Here, in Burke Davis's biography of the ultimate soldier, Puller's experiences are drawn together into a swift and enjoyable narrative.

Puller's military career started as WWI came to a close, and he soon found himself serving in Haiti and Nicaragua, garnering praise from superiors and civilians alike. Puller was a natural leader of men, and those who fought for him in those parts of the world would not be the last to think of him as a tremendous warrior.

After spending time in Peking, China, Puller took part in the bloody battles in the Pacific Theater of WWII, including the Battle of Guadalacanal. Despite terrible and misleading orders from his superiors, and the ever-present problems of communications, supplies, and the fog of war, Puller maintained his cool, took responsibility for his men, and displayed enormous guts and tactical leadership during every battle. Later, in the Korean War, Puller oversaw the difficult and deadly rearguard action during the Chosin Reservoir withdrawal.

One of the great warriors of any age, Puller's story as presented by Burke is a fantastic tale of a dedicated and highly-intelligent military legend. Well recommended for any military fan, and especially for anyone with an interest in the US Marine Corps. ( )
  IslandDave | Nov 25, 2009 |
Pretty moto book about the greatest figure in Marine Corps history. ( )
  tmstimbert | Sep 6, 2008 |
This is a great biography of one of Americas greatest unknown war heroes. Most people don't know about him, and its a great history book to read. The history in the book ranges from the end of WWI to the American Occupation of Haiti to the Korean war! ( )
  searayman | Jul 18, 2006 |
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