The gripping story of an extraordinary American hero, the most decorated man in US Marine Corps history, from a New York Times–bestselling author.
“We are flanked on both sides by an enemy that outnumbers us 29:1. They can’t get away from us now!” —Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller, USMC
In the glorious chronicles of the US Marine Corps, no name is more revered than that of Lt. Gen. Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller. The only fighting man to receive the Navy Cross five separate times—a military honor second only to the Congressional Medal of Honor—he was the epitome of a professional warrior. A son of the South, descendant of Robert E. Lee, and cousin to George S. Patton, Puller began his enlisted career during World War I and moved up through the ranks as he proved his battlefield mettle in Haiti and Nicaragua, with the Horse Marines in Peking, in the Pacific Theater of World War II, and in the nightmarish winter engagements of the Korean War.
Fearless and seemingly indestructible, adored by the troops he championed yet forced into early retirement by a high command that resented his “lowly” beginnings and unwillingness to play politics, Puller remains one of most towering figures in American military history. Bestselling military biographer Burke Davis paints the definitive portrait of this extraordinary marine hero.
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This is a book that should be passed down through the generations. It is well written and it really captures the Marine Corps spirit & hardships as if you were there. Chesty showed you how to not only to do a thorough job as a soldier & a leader, but also how to genuinely care about the people who served with him, no matter their rank. How to disciple with love, understanding & justice, but with firmness so it never happens again. It’ll make you laugh, cry, be outraged on Chesty’s behalf & wish you were a Marine yourself. All of those lucky enough to be a Marine (Retired & Current), will appreciate the way that this story was told; not in fantasy land, but in a truthful way that was a real page turner. I couldn’t put it down! It’s going to be a reread to remind me as guide through life of perseverance, fairness, caring, professionalism, humor, thoroughness & love. And this book will be in at least 2 Christmas stockings this year.