Comments: Required Reading

That's one heck of a list. If I only had time nowadays to read.

Posted by gindy at December 11, 2005 10:45 AM

That is a long list. Why are Marines required to read certain books. Do other branches of the military do this? I never heard of it when my husband and son were in the Navy. I don't think it's a bad thing, I just never heard of it before.

You'll be glad to know, I just signed up to volunteer at Books For Soldiers. I'm going to see if I can get my whole family involved in donating stuff, and I'll take care of the shipping. Don't know why I'm so excited about it, but I am!

Posted by Patty-Jo at December 12, 2005 02:28 AM

Patty-Jo, That is wonderful and they are a great organization. If you have any questions just ask!

Posted by Billy Budd at December 12, 2005 06:47 AM

Wow. Actually, I was surprised by the number that I've read. None of the more military stuff, but quite a few.
One of the soldiers that I started writing to when he was in Afghanistan has volunteered to cut short his time "home" in Hawaii and leave with the next brigade to Iraq. We've "known" each other for almost 2 years now.
I continue with Soldiers Angels. Often I hear back from them, not always. Interesting what they DO write.

Posted by JulieB at December 12, 2005 10:51 PM

Julie, you are an angel, I think it is such a wonderful way to show the men and women in uniform how much we realy do support them. It warms my heart and fills my soul to do it as well.

Posted by Billy Budd at December 14, 2005 09:28 PM

THE GLORIOUS CAUSE by Robert Middlekauff (one of my history profs at UC Berkeley) is a very good one-volume history of the American Revolution. It's worth reading.

Posted by David at December 16, 2005 09:22 AM

David, I will see if I can find it. Also any of my readers or those from the Smallest Minority, If you have, find, or want to donate any of these books I will see to it they are sent to an active duty Marine overseas at my expense.

Posted by Billy Budd at December 16, 2005 09:46 AM

Why are Marines required to read certain books

Hi Patty-Jo. Former Marine here, eight years in the service, 1985-93.

The idea is to "think better, fight smarter" which was the motto at Infantry Training School in the 80s. Marines expect to be outnumbered, far from home and in desperate circumstances where no one loves us. When your grunts are well read that is a force multiplier that can mean the edge in battle.

But shhh. The idea that Marines are dumb grunts has always been a close-held secret. If the Navy and Army knew how much learning your average SNCO or field grade officer has they'd get a massive inferiority complex. Your average Air Force zoomie's head would explode. You wouldn't want their hurt feelings on your hands ...

Posted by Brian at December 16, 2005 12:49 PM

Forester shows up for a reason. "Rifleman Dodd", usually bound with "The Gun", is a great classic of insurgent warfare from the insurgent's point of view.

And "The General" is the greatest study of power and its pathology I've ever seen. EVERYONE who has, or aspires to, authority should read it regularly as a reality check.

Posted by staghounds at February 6, 2006 11:06 AM
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