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Making the Corps

Narrated by: Robin Bloodworth
Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
Categories: History, Military
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Summary

The United States Marine Corps, with its proud tradition of excellence in combat, its hallowed rituals, and its unbending code of honor, is part of the fabric of American myth. Making the Corps visits the front lines of boot camp in Parris Island, South Carolina. Here, old values are stripped away and new Marine Corps values are forged. Best-selling author Thomas E. Ricks follows these men from their hometowns, through boot camp, and into their first year as Marines. As three fierce drill instructors fight a battle for the hearts and minds of this unforgettable group of young men, a larger picture emerges, brilliantly painted, of the growing gulf that divides the military from the rest of America.

Included in this edition is an all-new afterword from the author that examines the war in Iraq through the lens of the Marines from Platoon 3086, giving listeners an on-the-ground view of the conflict from those who know it best.

©1997 Thomas E. Ricks (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • 10-06-16

Interesting though now a little dated

Would you listen to Making the Corps again? Why?

Probably not. As I say its now a little dated. I would certainly listen to a more uptodate version

What did you like best about this story?

The content is well researched and thought provoking

Have you listened to any of Robin Bloodworth’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, though he is a good narrator

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I enjoyed finding out what happened to the characters later in their lives

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  • Mike Harbour
  • 04-06-16

Enjoyed but not quite the story I was looking for.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Maybe, as a Marine who went thru boot camp some 30 years ago I was looking forward to a book on what it was like to do it when the book was written. What I got was a book that was maybe a 1/4 of that with a lot of history, Sociology, politics and a various unrelated stories about Marines and the various stages of life. I enjoyed it but it was not the book I was hoping for.

If you’ve listened to books by Thomas E. Ricks before, how does this one compare?

No I haven't.

What does Robin Bloodworth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

No

Did Making the Corps inspire you to do anything?

As a marine it made me want to seek out more of my fellow marines.

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  • Jen perez
  • 02-04-19

I Loved it! A must read!

A must read for friends and family of any Marine. This book was better at explaining what the Corps is about then any YouTube video I have watched ,and I watched hrs of videos.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-04-18

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As a civilian with a dream of transforming into a United States Marine, this novel has given me a superior insight into the Marine Corps, and a deeper understand of why I want to join the Marines. Thank you Thomas E. Ricks for entrenching my will and hope of being a Marine.

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  • Charles
  • 07-02-18

Not what I thought

I was kind of looking for a hard core book about the suffering in boot camp. Kind of like what was depicted in full metal jacket. This story was more of a documentary on the philosophy of being a marine. I finished the story but it wasn’t my cup of tea.

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  • roger
  • 17-06-17

good book to read if you're thinking about joining

Good book
This book offers inside look of boot camp, and marine culture and has personal accounts of the Marine life. Good book to read if you are joining because it gives you a look at what you can expect.

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  • Joe S
  • 29-05-17

A Must Read for Understanding the Marine Corps

The book highlights the Marine Corps method of transformation in boot camp, unique amongst the services. It shows how the values preached by the USMC are quickly contradicted and somewhat lost upon Marines. Honor of Country, Discipline, Forward Movement, Pride/Accomplishment are amongst the values that remain but a comprehensive morality and ethos are contradicted early on and ruined in recruits who may have once 'believed'. Some will ignore the nonsense and focus on becoming great warriors, many others will feel even more lost once it's all over. The book's focus is the journey of 3086 through boot camp and briefly some of their outcomes. The values problem is alluded to but not focused on as I described, that is simply my side observation - I've always experienced the Corps as being of both ferocious warrior and ferocious dysfunction. Great book for beginning to understand the Marine Corps, unbiased - not a liberal hit piece dont worry, respectful but truthful, insightful. Marines and anyone interested in the USMC must read it. Narration and writing are both excellent.

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  • Matthew Pluck
  • 19-01-17

Just too long

The story is good but after the platoon graduates, it is really dry and boring. I'd listen to the first 7 hours or so then skip to the last 47 minutes where they catch up with some recruits. Would be 4 stars if it wasn't for that 3 hour stretch that was so dry and uninteresting.