I require all Marines to read and discuss . . .— LTGEN Brute Krulak's First to Fight:
An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps
These words recently appeared in an "ALMAR" message sent to the entire U.S. Marine Corps by its Commandant, General James Conway, in which he described the importance of a Marine Corps reading program and designated First to Fight as the "Marquee Title" of that program.
Because the Marine Corps values its heritage so highly, it is likely that many Marines already know why he chose this book from the thousands that have been written about the U.S. Marine Corps. But others may wonder.
What makes this book—this man—stand out in the literature of the Corps, among a pantheon of legendary heroes?