Blood Stripes: The Grunt's View of the War in Iraq
David J. Danelo. Mechanicsburg. PA: Stackpole Books. 2006. 335 pp. Illus. Notes. Index. $29.95.
Reviewed by Colonel Keith Oliver, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
Too rare today is that crackerjack athlete who plays his heart out for the old-fashioned love of the game. In word and deed, he pays homage to the greats who have gone before him; and he personifies all that is noble about his sport, very carefully and publicly crediting those whom he would emulate.
That's how it is with Daniel J. Danelo, combat writer.
Openly saluting a tradition that spans ancient Sparta, James Webb's Fields of Fire, and his own Operation Iraqi Freedom contemporaries, Danelo's non-fiction tribute to 21st century Marine Corps corporals and sergeants is destined for college required-reading lists.