On 5 May 2007, the Commandant of the Marine Corps promulgated ALMAR 030/07, which directed, in part, "(that) all Marines read and discuss the marquee title, Lieutenant General Brute Krulak's
First to Fight: An Insider's View of the U.S. Marine Corps . . . (because) it describes our Corps, and I want every Marine to understand who we are, what we are about." One book for every Marine? Read and discuss? Our Marine brethren have long had an excellent reading list, but this directive was clearly designed to get at something more visceral and important.