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Why Marines Fight

(2007)
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United States Marines, for more than two centuries, have been among the world's fiercest and most admired of warriors. They have fought from the Revolutionary War to Afghanistan and Iraq, in famous battles become bone and sinew of American lore. But why do Marines fight? Why fight so well? Why run toward the guns? Now comes a thrilling new book, pounding and magnificent in scope, by the author some Marines consider the unofficial "poet laureate" of their Corps.

James Brady interviews combat Marines from wars ranging from World War II to Afghanistan, their replies in their own individual voices unique and powerful, an authentically American story of a country at war, as seen through the eyes of its warriors.

Culling his own correspondence and comradeship with hundreds of fellow Marines, Brady compiles a story---lyrical and historical---of the motivations and emotions behind this compelling question. Included are the accounts of Senator James Webb and his lance corporal son, Jim; New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly; Yankee second baseman (and Marine fighter pilot) Jerry Coleman, and of teachers, firemen, authors, cops, Harvard football players, and just plain grunts, as well as the unforgettable story of Jack Rowe, who lost an eye and other parts and now grows avocados and chases rattlesnakes. Their stories poignantly and profoundly illustrate the lives and legacies of battlefront Marines.

Why Marines Fight is a ruthlessly candid book about professional killers not ashamed to recall their doubts as well as exult in their savagely triumphant battle cries. A book of weight and heft that Marines, and Americans everywhere, will want to read, and may find impossible to forget.

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Hardback Editions

October 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Why Marines Fight
Author(s): James Brady
ISBN: 0-312-37280-9 / 978-0-312-37280-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
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Paperback Editions

October 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: Why Marines Fight
Author(s): James Brady
ISBN: 0-312-38484-X / 978-0-312-38484-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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Audio Editions

October 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Why Marines Fight
Author(s): James Brady
ISBN: 1-4001-0523-4 / 978-1-4001-0523-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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October 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Why Marines Fight
Author(s): James Brady
ISBN: 1-4001-3523-0 / 978-1-4001-3523-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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October 2007 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Why Marines Fight
Author(s): James Brady
ISBN: 1-4001-5523-1 / 978-1-4001-5523-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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November 2007 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Why Marines Fight
Author(s): James Brady
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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Kindle Editions

October 2007 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Why Marines Fight
Author(s): James Brady
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
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