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An Illustrated History of the United States Marine Corps
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781591140207
  • Binding: Hardcover
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  • Number of Pages: 479
  • Subject: Military History
  • Date Available: October 2008
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Gold Medal winner for "Military Non-Fiction" category

The authors of the highly regarded history The U.S. Marine Corps have written a new work that combines a lively, well-researched narrative with a generous selection of photographs and paintings, many in full color, and numerous maps to provide an illustrated 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. Unlike other histories of the Corps, this one relies heavily on primary sources and original research

They explain how and why a force that throughout the first century of its existence seldom exceeded the strength of an infantry regiment still managed to attain 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 contained within it, the book includes cameos of some of those who made exceptional contributions to the Corps' rich heritage. An introductory chapter outlines the evolution of marine forces from ancient times to the eve of the American Revolution. Neither a rehash of old histories nor a repeat of unsupported sea stories and fictional tales, this new study brings the Corps' history fully up to date.

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.

Jack Sweetman is the author, coauthor, translator, editor or coeditor of ten books and many shorter pieces in the field of naval and military history. He served as a company commander in the U.S. Army and was a Ford Fellow at Emory University, where he earned his Ph. D. For many years contributing editor of Naval History magazine, he is a recipient of the Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He lives in Orlando, FL.


—Praise for Leathernecks—

“Leathernecks is a comprehensive and marvelously illustrated account of the history of the United States Marine Corps. In short, the book is a masterpiece of visual and written history. Bartlett and Sweetman have produced a genuinely important book that will be a valuable addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in the history of the United States Marine Corps.” — Air & Space Power Journal, Winter 2011
"The authors prepared well-crafted chapters that provide a complete narrative of the Marine Corps'storywith a full and balanced perspective. They have ensured that both the operational and institutional stories have been presented with equal consideration. The stories are punctuated with the contributionsof key individuals or personalities. The use of maps, artwork, and photographs support this effort in a lavish style. In this, their extensive background in U.S. Navy and Marine Corps history comes through with a quality product."Charles D. Melson, Chief Historian, History Division, U.S. Marine Corps in the Marine Corps Gazette
"Superb narrative history profusely illustrated with a veritable gallery of Marine Corps combat art—all thoroughly integrated by two proven masters of the profession." Col. Joseph H. Alexander, USMC (Ret.), co-author, Through the Wheat:  The U.S. Marines in World War I
"Thorough and dotted with vignettes of interest, this book reveals that a pair of veteran historians have delivered an excellent survey of the Corps and its unique culture.  Several illustrations that remained unknown to most of us enhance their coverage of a venerable subject." —Lt. Col. Kenneth W. Estes, USMC (Ret.), PhD., historian and editor of The Marine Officer's Guide, 7th Edition
"Bartlett and Sweetman have set the standard for any future illustrated histories of the U.S. Marine Corps.  Concise, straightforward and absolutely fascinating, they have combined their extraordinary and award-winning talents as historians with a flare for art, photography and illustration.  A 'must have' reference for all serious students of military history, from cover to cover, Leathernecks deftly captures the spirit of what is means to bear the title, United States Marine." —Dr. Charles P. Neimeyer, editor of On the Corps: USMC Wisdom from the Pages of Leatherneck, Marine Corps Gazette, and Proceedings

"Two accomplished marines, one of them a career marine, join forces in this outstanding history of the U.S. Marine Corps."Roland Green, Booklist

"Here is a book that will resonate with anyone whoever had anything to do with the Marine Corps, not to mention military bluffs of every calling." Rod E. Redman, Sea Classics



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5.00 Stars
Fantastic coffee-table book on the Marine Corps
Thursday, April 16, 2009
By: Joel Rudy, Maj, USAF
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.


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