Search Our Online Inventory

Advanced Search
Online Gift Cards
Checkout a Gift Card

Would you like an Online Gift Card to Earthlight Books?


Familiar Links
 Last Word Books

Walla Walla:
Welcome Table Farm

Underdogs: The Making of the Modern Marine Corps, O'Connell, Aaron B.
Image shown may not reflect actual item

Author Name    O'Connell, Aaron B.

Title   Underdogs: The Making of the Modern Marine Corps

Binding   Hardcover

Book Condition   Very Good

Publisher    Harvard University Press

ISBN Number    0674058275 / 9780674058279

Seller ID   SKU1037932

0674058275 Very Good. Light shelf wear to covers/corners; satisfaction guaranteed. Hardcover with Dust Jacket under mylar. Earthlight Books is a family owned and operated, independent bookstore serving Walla Walla, Washington since 1973.

More Description

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. He describes how the distinctive Marine culture played a role in this ascendancy. Venerating sacrifice and suffering, privileging the collective over the individual, Corps culture was saturated with romantic and religious overtones that had enormous marketing potential in a postwar America energized by new global responsibilities. Capitalizing on this, the Marines curried the favor of the nation s best reporters, befriended publishers, courted Hollywood and Congress, and built a public relations infrastructure that would eventually brand it as the most prestigious military service in America.

But the Corps triumphs did not come without costs, and O Connell writes of those, too, including a culture of violence that sometimes spread beyond the battlefield. And as he considers how the Corps interventions in American politics have ushered in a more militarized approach to national security, O Connell questions its sustainability.

Price = 6.50 USD

Browse some related titles while you're here:
Dead Tomorrow, Peter James
Dead Tomorrow
Peter James
12.50 USD
Add to Book Bag!

Arthur Rex: A Legendary Novel, Thomas Berger
Arthur Rex: A Legendary Novel
Thomas Berger
19.50 USD
Add to Book Bag!

Letters to Monica, Larkin, Philip
Letters to Monica
Larkin, Philip
22.50 USD
Add to Book Bag!

The History of Luminous Motion
Bradfield, Scott
6.50 USD
Add to Book Bag!

Son of a tinker
Walsh, Maurice
45.50 USD
Add to Book Bag!

Billie Dyer And Other Stories
Maxwell, William
29.00 USD
Add to Book Bag!

The Taxidermist's Daughter
Mosse, Kate
39.00 USD
Add to Book Bag!

Selected Poems, Jarrell, Randall
Selected Poems
Jarrell, Randall
16.00 USD
Add to Book Bag!

South of the River
Morrison, Blake
26.00 USD
Add to Book Bag!

Flag on the Island
Naipaul, V. S.
29.00 USD
Add to Book Bag!

Sophie's Choice
Styron, William
9.50 USD
Add to Book Bag!

Open World: Essays on Leslie Norris (Studies in English and American Literature and Culture)
Open World: Essays on Leslie Norris (Studies in English and American Literature and Culture)
16.00 USD
Add to Book Bag!


Questions, comments, or suggestions
Please write to
Copyright©2017. All Rights Reserved.
Powered by