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This book combines a lively, well-researched narrative with a generous selection of illustrations, many in color, and numerous maps to provide a topically and chronologically balanced history of the U.S. Marine Corps from its inception to the present day. The combination of a wealth of art, a substantial text, and a balanced perspective make the work unique in the literature of the Corps. Many of its illustrations have never before been published or have appeared only in black and white. The history of the Marine Corps is one of the greatest military success stories of all time. The books details how and why a force that throughout the first century of its existence seldom exceeded the strength of an infantry regiment eventually attained a strength greater than that of many armies and developed what is arguably the world's most potent military mystique. Because the history of any institution is the product of the actions of the individuals who comprise it, we have included cameos of some of the individuals who made exceptional contributions to the Corps' rich heritage.
Merrill L. Bartlett served as an officer in the Marine Corps for twenty years, with final assignment at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he earned three awards for excellence in teaching history. He is the author, coauthor, editor, or coeditor of seven books on naval history, and he has published more than a hundred essays, encyclopedia entries, forewords to books, and book reviews. He lives on Vashon Island, WA.
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Merrill Bartlett and Jack Sweetman have put together a wonderful coffee-table book on the History of the United States Marine Corps from its inception in 1775 through January 2008. The authors break the history of the Marine Corps into significant eras, with each chapter covering the strategic context of international relations at the time; major operations or campaigns of the era; Medal of Honor winners; who served as Commandant and that individual's significant contributions to the Marine corps; and also any major public law changes in that era. Each chapter is supported with full color artwork, ranging from reproductions of famous paintings, to photographs of Marines in action. Most chapters include 1-2 charts to help depict the tactical layout for significant battles. This book is a must-have for any reader who enjoys literature on the Marines Corps.