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Usmc’S 230th Anniversary


is tomorrow. You can celebrate with a fantastic new book—Semper Fi: The Definitive Illustrated History of the U.S. Marine Corps—that, well, here’s my little review of it in the current NR (to which you can get a 4-free-iussue subscription here):

Helmets off to this fine book. If ever an institution merited a definitive tome, it is the Marine Corps. Authors [H. Avery] Chenoweth and [Brooke] Nihart have succeeded in amassing a history that presents the USMC in all its 230 years of deserving glory. And gore: Warfare and death, from the Barbary Coast to Wake Island to Fallujah, are at the Corps’ core, and are captured in this informative, well-designed, strapping (seven pounds!) paean to all things Leatherneck. Teeming with colorful illustrations and engaging sidebars—military art, maps, battle photographs, recruitment posters, uniforms, campaign accounts, medals, insignia, weaponry, and the like—the book fascinates, and humbles. The bios of Medal of Honor winners give one pause; to think there are men so brave. This book is the gift for every Marine—or wannabe Marine, of whom there are millions.

Also tomorrow: the U.S. Postal Service is issuing four new stamps of “Distinguished Marines”—namely Lt. Gen. John A. Lejeune, Lt. Gen. Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller, Sgt. Maj. Daniel J. Daly, and Gunnery Sgt. John “Manila John” Basilone (he won the Medal of Honor for action on Guadacanal, leading 15 fellow Leathernecks holding off 3,000 Japanese soldiers for 72 hours!).


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