In Many a Strife

General Gerald C. Thomas and the U. S. Marine Corps, 1917-1956

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A veteran of both world wars and the Korean War, Gen. Gerald C. Thomas helped change the Marine Corps in the twentieth century. Though not as well-known as John Lejeune, Chesty Puller, and A. A. Vandegrift, he was, as this book clearly demonstrates, responsible for the transformation of the Marines into a highly effective amphibious assault force and Cold War force in readiness.

In this volume, the well-known military historian Allan R. Millett provides not only an assessment of General Thomas's career but an objective analysis of the creation of the modern Marine Corps. At the same time, he offers an expert interpretation of the "inside" leadership of the Corps. Millett has based the book on documentary research in private and official papers, including the general's own oral memoir and draft autobiography.

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Editorial Reviews

"A most interesting and unusual military biography." —Workboat World
"A fine, interesting and educational book." —Baird Maritime
"Detailed and thoroughly documented.... The book is well-written and should remain a standard work on Marine Corps and military biography and history reading lists for many years to come." —Cercles: Revue Pluridisciplinaire Du Monde Anglophone
“General Thomas proves to be an excellent subject for an institutional biography, combining battlefield service in key USMC campaigns with headquarters service during some of the most contentious policy-making episodes. Through understanding the course of Thomas’s career, Millett navigates his readers through the broader transformation of the USMC from shipboard detachments to combined-arms expeditionary force. Besides USMC enthusiasts and those interested in the details of marines in combat, this book provides valuable insight into institutional culture and reform in the face of technological, strategic and financial pressure.” —The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord