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Making the Corps
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A must-read for recruit parents. Making the Corps, by Thomas E. Ricks. Paperback.

The United States Marine Corps, with its proud tradition of excellence in combat, its hallowed rituals, and its unbending code of honor, is part of the fabric of American myth. Making the Corps visits the front lines of boot camp in Parris Island, South Carolina. Here, old values are stripped away and new Marine Corps values are forged. Bestselling author Thomas E. Ricks follows these men from their hometowns, through boot camp and into their first year as Marines. As three fierce drill instructors fight a battle for the hearts and minds of this unforgettable group of young men, a larger picture emerges, brilliantly painted, of the growing gulf that divides the military from the rest of America.

Included in this edition is an all-new afterword from the author that examines the war in Iraq through the lens of the Marines from Platoon 3086, giving readers an on-the-ground view of the conflict from those who know it best.

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Anv Rep edition (July 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141654450X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416544500
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1 inches
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    Item Reviews
    Wonderfully Insightful
    Although this book was written in 1997, author Thomas E. Ricks has been able to delve and provide an accurate portrait of the feelings and experience of being a recruit at boot camp for the US Marine Corps. It's a must-read for parents of MC recruits going into or in boot camp.
    Teresita M Reynolds
    Not a boot camp book
    I bought this book thinking it would be a blow by blow factual account of boot camp. It was not. It spent too much time on cultural and political topics. It wasn't a bad book it just wasn't a boot camp.
    I'm glad I read this book and also glad I read it after my son left for Boot Camp. It's insightful and well written giving a non-military person an inside look to what it's like.
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