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Underdogs : the making of the modern Marine Corps  Cover Image Book Book

Underdogs : the making of the modern Marine Corps / Aaron B. O'Connell.


"The Marine Corps has always considered itself a breed apart. Since 1775, America's smallest armed service has been suspicious of outsiders and deeply loyal to its traditions. Marines believe in nothing more strongly than the Corps' uniqueness and superiority, and this undying faith in its own exceptionalism is what has made the Marines one of the sharpest, swiftest tools of American military power. Along with unapologetic self-promotion, a strong sense of identity has enabled the Corps to exert a powerful influence on American politics and culture. Aaron O'Connell focuses on the period from World War II to Vietnam, when the Marine Corps transformed itself from America's least respected to its most elite armed force."--Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780674058279 (alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 0674058275 (alk. paper)
  • Physical Description: xiii, 381 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2012.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
A harsh and spiritual unity -- The privates' war and the homefront in the 1940s -- The politicians and the guerrillas -- Forgetting Korea -- First to fight in the 1950s -- Rise of the amphibious force-in-readiness -- Conclusion : Marine Corps culture since 1965.
Subject: United States. Marine Corps > History > 20th century.
United States. Marine Corps > Military life > History > 20th century.
Sociology, Military > United States > History > 20th century.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Kirtland Community College.


  • 0 current holds with 1 total copy.
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Kirtland Community College Library VE 23 .O26 2012 30775305457229 General Collection Available -

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