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The Resource Brute : the life of Victor Krulak, U.S. Marine, Robert Coram

Brute : the life of Victor Krulak, U.S. Marine, Robert Coram

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Brute : the life of Victor Krulak, U.S. Marine
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Brute
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the life of Victor Krulak, U.S. Marine
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Robert Coram
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eng
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  • Coram (Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War) clearly admires Krulak (1913–2008), a contentious Marine leader, and most readers will agree. Son of Jewish immigrants (a fact he suppressed), he attended Annapolis to obtain a free education. After observing Japanese naval operations as a young officer in 1937, he worked tirelessly to promote his design for what later became the Higgins boat, which proved essential for WWII amphibious operations. A decade later, he fought for acceptance of the helicopter. Krulak won numerous decorations for courage and rose to high command, where, Coram claims, his Marines enjoyed greater success than the army in Vietnam, although bitter quarrels with superiors and President Johnson over the war's conduct denied him his dream of becoming Marine Corps commandant. Despite Coram's high regard for Krulak and worshipful view of the Marines, he reveals innumerable details that Krulak suppressed, distorted, or invented in oral histories. Coram portrays a driven, fiercely outspoken. but creative warrior who probably deserves his legendary status. 8 pages of b&w photos. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed September 27, 2010) (Publishers Weekly, vol 257, issue 38, p)
  • The story of a legendary Marine Corps commander who championed innovative tactics in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. In this admiring biography, novelist and biographer Coram (American Patriot: The Life and Wars of Colonel Bud Day, 2007, etc.) traces the life of Lt. Gen. Victor Krulak (1913–2008), who was born the spoiled only child of a Denver watchmaker and grew up to become "a man of dazzling intellect and extraordinary vision" and "the most important officer" in Marine Corps history. Against the broader story of the modern U.S. Marines, the author shows how Krulak's tremendous drive and friendships with top officers fueled his rapid rise through the ranks; he eventually commanded all Marine Corps forces in the Pacific. He helped create the Higgins boat (its square bow became a retractable ramp), which famously carried troops onto the invasion beaches of Normandy and the Pacific in World War II; pioneered the use of helicopters in battle during the Korean War; and developed techniques for counterinsurgency warfare in Vietnam. He also successfully fought attempts to dissolve the Corps. But Krulak's ceaseless quest for recognition was "driven by a dark wind." The short, flinty officer hid secrets and told lies about himself. He never revealed that his parents were Russian Jews. Nor did he tell anyone—not even his wife and three sons—that he had been married, however briefly, at 16, a fact that would have prevented his admission to the Naval Academy. He claimed falsely that he was raised as an Episcopalian, that his father was a scientist and his great-grandfather had served in the Confederate army. Saddled with these and other lies, Krulak maintained an "icy self-control" to protect his inner self and the reality that "were it not for the Marine Corps, he would be an obscure little Jewish boy working in the family jewelry business in Denver." Coram suggests that Krulak's exemplary devotion to military duty and rectitude outweighs his duplicity. Krulak was denied the post of Marine Corps commandant after criticizing President Johnson's conduct of the Vietnam War. A revealing—and troubling—portrait of a much-revered figure.(Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2010)
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individual biography
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Coram, Robert
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index present
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non fiction
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  • Krulak, Victor H
  • United States
  • Generals
  • United States
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the life of Victor Krulak, U.S. Marine
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Brute : the life of Victor Krulak, U.S. Marine, Robert Coram
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [351]-359) and index
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792922
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25 cm
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First edition.
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374 pages
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9780316758468
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2010006985
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illustrations
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(Sirsi) i9780316758468
Label
Brute : the life of Victor Krulak, U.S. Marine, Robert Coram
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [351]-359) and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
792922
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
374 pages
Isbn
9780316758468
Lccn
2010006985
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
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(Sirsi) i9780316758468

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