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The United States Marines
: A History

Author: Edwin Howard Simmons, Charles C. Krulak
384 pages 3rd edition (November 1998)
United States Naval Inst.;
ISBN: 1557508402 ;
Dimensions (in inches): 1.13 x 9.43 x 6.27


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A History, Third Edition

by Brig. Gen. Edwin Howard Simmons, USMC (Ret.) foreword by Gen. Charles C. Krulak, USMC

This new edition brings the most popular and accessible history of the U.S. Marine Corps fully up to date. Because the previous edition left off at 1975, new chapters have been added to cover the tumultuous events of the last quarter-century, including Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf, Bangladesh, Somalia, and Haiti. Other chapters have been revised in light of new scholarship.

Since its somewhat confused beginnings in November 1775 when the Second Continental Congress almost absentmindedly authorized two battalions of American marines, the U.S. Marine Corps has participated in all the nation's wars from the American Revolution through Desert Storm. American marines have written their name large at such places as Bladensburg, Guantanamo, Belleau Wood, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Iwo Jima, Inchon, Chosin, Hue, Khe Sanh, and Kuwait. This compact yet complete study focuses on the big wars but never slights events in between: the little wars, campaigns, punitive expeditions, showings of the flag, protection of American lives and property, and humanitarian missions that help define the corps. Nor does the author neglect the intermittent but never-ending fight for the corps's survival at home where it faces periodic challenges from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and, on occasion, unfriendly presidents. Few writers know the subject as intimately as Simmons, a retired general who served in three wars at every level of command, from platoon to division.


Edwin Simmons fought in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, and after active service was director of Marine Corps history and museums for twenty-five years. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.


384 pages. 25 Photographs. 31 Maps. Appendices. Bibliography. Index.

6 x 9

ISBN: 1557508402



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From Book News, Inc. A retired brigadier general traces the triumphs and tribulations of the corps through all the major US wars since 1775 and all the little wars, campaigns, punitive expeditions, gunboat diplomacy, and other activities between the gushes of glory. He also relates the real battles<-->against the other branches of the US military and sometimes hostile politicians. Earlier editions were published in 1974 and 1975. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


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