American Spartans: The US Marines: A Combat History from Iwo Jima to Iraq

By James A. Warren
Read by Dick Hill

13.58 Hours 06/27/2005 unabridged
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James A. Warren’s battle-driven history shows how this elite culture has produced the best warriors in the country, through six decades, several open wars, and many smaller interventions. From their heroic performance in the Pacific War against Japanese troops on godforsaken islands, to their “tip-of-the-lance” leadership in key operations in the two Gulf Wars, the Marines have proven again and again that elite men with elite training are worth entire armies. This is the first modern history of the Marines in a generation and the first to show how battlefield performance has driven the Marines, from the Cold War to the War on Terror.

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James A. Warren’s battle-driven history shows how this elite culture has produced the best warriors in the country, through six decades, several open wars, and many smaller interventions. From their heroic performance in the Pacific War against Japanese troops on godforsaken islands, to their “tip-of-the-lance” leadership in key operations in the two Gulf Wars, the Marines have proven again and again that elite men with elite training are worth entire armies.

This is the first modern history of the Marines in a generation and the first to show how battlefield performance has driven the Marines, from the Cold War to the War on Terror.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A welcome, readable, and concise history of the corps’ past sixty years.” Washington Post
“A vivid and compelling account that pays tribute not only to the valor of Marines in wartime but to the grit, adaptability, and shrewdness of the Marine Corps between wars.” Andrew Bacevich, author of The New American Militarism
“[Dick Hill] makes listening a pleasure.” Audiofile
“Warren makes a very useful contribution to the lively ongoing debate on the role, creation, training, and use of elite troops, which is what the Marines certainly are.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: James A. Warren

James A. Warren is an executive editor at Columbia University Press, where he publishes books on military history, among other subjects.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 13.58
Audience: Adult
Language: English