In this riveting insider’s chronicle, legendary Marine General “Brute” Krulak submits an unprecedented examination of U.S. Marines—their fights on the battlefield. LtGen Victor H. Krulak, who passed away on 29 December , was a Given Gen Conway’s focus on First to Fight for the modern USMC, and the Victor Harold Krulak (January 7, – December 29, ) was a decorated United States Marine Corps officer who saw action in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Krulak, considered a visionary by fellow Marines, was the author of First to Fight: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps and.

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He gives personal accounts of several incidents and wars as well as discussing the Corps fight for survival. Plus, at the time, I had the forst income for such things and wanted to be able to highlight and make notes in the margins if I felt compelled to krulxk so The kind you would hear if you had bumped into the author, Lt Gen Krulak at a bar and got to hear a few hours worth of war stories.

Sep 04, David Todd rated it liked it.

Fletcher Prouty, March 15, “. A great book that I couldn’t put down. In response, Krulak promised Kennedy a bottle of whiskey which he delivered almost 20 years later when Kennedy was serving as President of the United States.

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I was surprised while reading this just how much the Corps had to fight to stay alive. Krulak was an early advocate of using helicopters as attack platforms.

Apr 24, Nicholas rated it it was amazing. This was in keeping with the administration’s policy of graduated pressure on the North Vietnamese. Naval Order of the United States. From Antietam To Afghanistan.


First to Fight: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps by Victor H. Krulak

As well, it should be mandatory reading for all career Marine and staff non-commissioned officers. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The only argument that I could cobble together is that the Army bby terrible at maintaining readiness when a fight isn’t expected so the Marine Corps is necessary because in its insecurity it will always train for cheap and never push back when given an impossible task, no matter the consequences. Kennedy helped evacuate Krulak’s force from Choiseul at the end of the operation.

In doing so, he helps answer the question of what it means to be a Marine and how the Corps has maintained such a consistently outstanding reputation. If this book is to be believed, one would get the impression that it was Lt Gen Krulak himself who had held the Marine Corps together during the sixties and seventies.

Jul 16, Aaron Andrews rated it it was amazing.

How on earth could one book appeal to every rank in the Corps? Japanese Military Strategy in the Pacific War. He retired from Copley inthough he continued to contribute to their news service.

Archived from the original on August 29, Aug 13, Kb rated it really liked it. Marine Corps by Victor H. It was an informative albeit dry read. Ultimately, he concludes that the purpose of the todays Marine Corps is a response force that can amass a great deal of proficient warriors in little time in order to “police” the world and it’s atrocities. There were no towns nearby, just a wide open area, so he called it Chu Lai, which means Krulak in Mandarin Chinese.


Jan 03, Brendon rated it it was ok. I purchased the book without my usual background research fught whether or not the book was worthy of the mon After having served in the Corps for what must have been eight years or so, an edict from on firsr came down that all Marines, of every rank, were required to read this book.

Dec 12, John rated it really liked it Shelves: Krulak tirst at 95; retired Marine lieutenant general”.

Or, get it for Kobo Super Points! Marines in the Korean War: Girst all 3 comments. Krulak built a model of the Japanese boat design and discussed the retractable ramp approach with boat builder Andrew Higgins who incorporated elements of Krulak’s input into the Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel LCVP or “Higgins boat”, which played critical roles in the Normandy Landings and amphibious assaults in the Pacific.

This was a very informative book. Would you like us to take another look at this review? Krulak Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. If you are into the back room politics the Corps had to deal with over the years, this is a great book but would recommend the biography Brute about Ike Krulak much higher. Refresh and try again.

Victor H. Krulak

I could follow because I know some of the story but this is for hard core insiders. Krulak was commissioned a U. We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them. If you want an ego stroke to make yourself feel good about being a Marine, go vvictor and waste your time. The first half of this book is, frankly, a dry read.