The best books about war and the Marines

The Books I Picked & Why

Echo in Ramadi: The Firsthand Story of US Marines in Iraq's Deadliest City

By Scott A. Huesing

Echo in Ramadi: The Firsthand Story of US Marines in Iraq's Deadliest City

Why this book?

Major Scott Huesing is a Marine after my own heart. He was once a Lance Corporal and understands the Corps from top to bottom. He was the combat leader for Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines during their bloody battles in the deadliest city of the Iraq War. Reading this book taught an old Marine what the new Corps is like.


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West to Cambodia

By S.L.A. Marshall

West to Cambodia

Why this book?

Slam Marshall is the author of many books about the American military. He was a Brigadier General and served in WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. This book will give the reader a view of what it’s like to fight under the worst possible conditions, under constant surveillance, and over ground where the enemy continually held the advantage. This is a tribute to the GIs who fought those impossible battles.


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With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

By E. B. Sledge

With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

Why this book?

Obviously one of the great classics about the Marine Corps in combat. Brutal and honest. A must-read by all Marines.


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Guadalcanal Diary

By Richard Tregaskis

Guadalcanal Diary

Why this book?

Written by a war correspondent who landed on Guadalcanal with the Marines, this book is another must-read for history buffs and every Marine. It is an accurate story of this critical and now legendary battle. 


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Edson's Raiders: The 1st Marine Raider Battalion in World War II

By Col. Joseph H. Alexander

Edson's Raiders: The 1st Marine Raider Battalion in World War II

Why this book?

When I was writing Gunner’s Glory and needed to know real details about Edson’s Raiders on Guadalcanal, an old Raider named Cpl. Ted Eleston told me to read this book. Mr. Alexander is a retired Marine Colonel, and his research in writing this book is fabulous. Old Ted wanted it made clear that for the record, our first so-called “Special Forces” were just a bunch of very hard men taken from the 5th Marine Regiment and named Raiders.


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