Why Marines fight

by Brady, James, 1928-2009.

Format: Print Book 2007
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United States Marines, for more than two centuries, have been among the world's fiercest and most admired of warriors. They have fought from the Revolutionary War to Afghanistan and Iraq, in famous battles become bone and sinew of American lore. But why do Marines fight? Why fight so well? Why run toward the guns? Now comes a thrilling new book, pounding and magnificent in scope, by the author some Marines consider the unofficial "poet laureate" of their Corps.

James Brady interviews combat Marines from wars ranging from World War II to Afghanistan, their replies in their own individual voices unique and powerful, an authentically American story of a country at war, as seen through the eyes of its warriors.

Culling his own correspondence and comradeship with hundreds of fellow Marines, Brady compiles a story---lyrical and historical---of the motivations and emotions behind this compelling question. Included are the accounts of Senator James Webb and his lance corporal son, Jim; New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly; Yankee second baseman (and Marine fighter pilot) Jerry Coleman, and of teachers, firemen, authors, cops, Harvard football players, and just plain grunts, as well as the unforgettable story of Jack Rowe, who lost an eye and other parts and now grows avocados and chases rattlesnakes. Their stories poignantly and profoundly illustrate the lives and legacies of battlefront Marines.

"Why Marines Fight" is a ruthlessly candid book about professional killers not ashamed to recall their doubts as well as exult in their savagely triumphant battle cries. A book of weight and heft that Marines, and Americans everywhere, will want to read, and may find impossible to forget.

Praise for James Brady

"The ""Scariest Place"" in the World"

" A] graceful, even elegant, and always eloquent tribute to men at arms in a war that, in a way, never ended."

---"Kirkus Reviews"

"James Brady has done it again. A riveting and illuminating insight into a dark corner of the world."

---Tim Russert, NBC's "Meet the Press"

"The Coldest War"

"His story reads like a novel, but it is war reporting at its best---a graphic depiction, in all its horrors, of the war we've almost forgotten."

---Walter Cronkite

"A marvelous memoir. A sensitive and superbly written narrative that eventually explodes off the pages like a grenade in the gut . . .taut, tight, and telling."

---Dan Rather

"The Marine"

"In "The Marine," James Brady again gives us a novel in which history is a leading character, sharing the stage in this case with a man as surely born to be a gallant warrior as any knight in sixth-century Camelot."

---Kurt Vonnegut

"The Marines of Autumn"

"Mr. Brady knows war, the smell and the feel of it."

---"The New York Times"

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Novelist and journalist Brady raises in print a question he has asked himself ever since he was a marine platoon commander in Korea. His answer entails something of a collective portrait of the corps during the last half century, notably including Brady's old CO, the late John Chafee, former U.S. senator from Rhode Island, and James Webb, present U.S. senator from Virginia, best-selling writer, Navy Cross winner for service in Vietnam, former secretary of the navy, and father of a marine lance corporal. Brady takes us back further to a man not well known to nonmarine readers, Gunnery Sergeant Dan Dailey, who profanely asked his men at Belleau Wood in 1918 if they wanted to live forever; to a Westerner who joined up to save the family ranch; and to a decorated two-tour colonel who thinks the Iraq War is lost. It would be overly bold to say that Brady completely answers his own question, but it is fair to say that he makes two things clear: (1) the marines can find and bring out the warrior in any man who has it in him, and (2) this creates a lasting bond among marines even 60 years after they slogged through snowy hills or stinking rice paddies. For anyone who wants to know how the U.S. Marine team works in war and peace, this book is indispensable.--Green, Roland Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The reasons are almost as numerous as the Marine combat veterans quoted and profiled in this engaging collection of reminiscences. Many cite the training and discipline drilled into recruits and the determination not to let down one's buddies. Others are motivated by vengeance after a friend is killed. Gen. Smedley Butler, after a career invading banana republics in the early 20th century, opines that he fought mainly as "a gangster for Capitalism." Some fight for the thrill of it ("the heavy machine gun made you feel like no one could touch you"), and some fight out of the sheer cussedness personified by Sgt. Dan Daley, who shouted, "Come on, you sons of bitches! Do you want to live forever?" as he led his men against the Germans in France in 1918. Parade columnist Brady (The Coldest War), a Korean War Marine vet, sketches vivid thumbnails of his interlocutors and sets the right leatherneck vibe-sympathetic, irreverent, comradely-to draw them out. Some tales meander; this is very much a meeting of old (and a few young) soldiers catching up and telling war stories in a glow of nostalgia. Still, Brady assembles from them an unusually personal and revealing collage of the nation in arms. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects United States. -- Marine Corps -- History.
Publisher New York :Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press,2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description xvii, 302 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 0312372809
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