Chesty: The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC

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Chesty: The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC

Chesty: The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC By Jon T. Hoffman Chesty The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B Puller USMC Featured on the Commandant of the Marine Corps Reading List and the Chief of Naval Operation s Naval Power Reading List The Marine Corps is known for its heroes and Lieutenant General Lewis B Puller

  • Title: Chesty: The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC
  • Author: Jon T. Hoffman
  • ISBN: 9780375760440
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Paperback
  • Chesty: The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC By Jon T. Hoffman Featured on the Commandant of the Marine Corps Reading List and the Chief of Naval Operation s Naval Power Reading List The Marine Corps is known for its heroes, and Lieutenant General Lewis B Puller has long been considered the greatest of them all His assignments and activities covered an extraordinary spectrum of warfare Puller mastered small unit guerrilla warfarFeatured on the Commandant of the Marine Corps Reading List and the Chief of Naval Operation s Naval Power Reading List The Marine Corps is known for its heroes, and Lieutenant General Lewis B Puller has long been considered the greatest of them all His assignments and activities covered an extraordinary spectrum of warfare Puller mastered small unit guerrilla warfare as a lieutenant in Haiti in the 1920s, and at the end of his career commanded a division in Korea In between, he chased Sandino in Nicaragua and fought at Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, and Peleliu.With his bulldog face, barrel chest which earned him the nickname Chesty , gruff voice, and common touch, Puller became and has remained the epitome of the Marine combat officer At times Puller s actions have been called into question at Peleliu, for instance, where, against a heavily fortified position, he lost than half of his regiment And then there is the saga of his son, who followed in Chesty s footsteps as a Marine officer only to suffer horrible wounds in Vietnam his book, Fortunate Son, won the Pulitzer Prize.Jon Hoffman has been given special access to Puller s personal papers as well as his personnel record The result will unquestionably stand as the last word about Chesty Puller.
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    1. Patrick on said:

      This is one of the few books I ever felt I needed to get a copy of as soon as it was published All Marines are aware of the life and legend of Chesty Puller former enlisted Marine who became the most decorated Marine ever, with five Navy Crosses two or three of which should have been Medals of Honor He was an inspired combat leader in Nicaragua during the banana wars, at Gualdalcanal, on Peleliu, and at the end of his career he led the First Marine Reginent ashore at Inchon in Korea, and then pa [...]

    2. Joseph on said:

      Notes made while I was reading are below.Thoroughly researched biography of LtGen Lewis B Puller The most remarkable chapters are those on Guadalcanal, Peliliu and the Chosin Reservoir The author takes pains to separate the man from the legend That said, the legend is real enough Peleliu was a disaster Puller who had sustained something like seven shrapnel wounds during previous fighting should not have been there, but being the Marine he was, he could not have been stopped from being there Bare [...]

    3. Jason on said:

      An excellent biography of one of the most important Marines of all time A must read for every Marine and any student of military history Semper Fi.

    4. Mike Outten on said:

      This was an excellent researched story of Chesty Puller The man was a war hero, full of fight, with a take no prisoner philosophy The author wrote a worthy story about an amazing man This novel read like a research paper Good but, not exciting The Davis novel, Marine , was free flowing and gripped the reader I highly recommend this book for military history enthusiasts.

    5. Allison Foster on said:

      I enjoyed how thoroughly this book was researched and presented It truly portrayed what a significant man Chesty was It was a tad bit self serving but I m not in the marine corps so I could just not enjoy the boasting of the specific branch as much.

    6. Brian Manville on said:

      Lieutenant General Lewis B Puller 1898 1971 is regarded by many as a true American hero Indeed, General Puller is revered by the Marine Corps He is the only Marine to be awarded FIVE Navy Crosses only the Navy s Roy Davenport has as many and it can be argued that he is one of the most decorated Marines in history Were one to look at his photo, one would state that he would be the stereotypical Marine.Jon Hoffman has taken great care to straddle a line between critical biography and hagiography W [...]

    7. Mike on said:

      Well researched A gutsy Marine, guerrilla fighter, tragedy, his son.Notes.ased Sandino in NicaraguaxMarine penchant for sea stories , small threads of fact woven into tall tales its no surprise that myth soon mixed with realityxiiviews must be used gingerly given the understandable vagaries of memory years after the fact, but mixed with other evidence, they provide reliable clues and occasional answers3Sousa s Semper Fidelis9his enduring affection for fam close friendsoften expressed in an openl [...]

    8. Kate on said:

      I would give this a 3.7 star rating The author often lost me in his battle reportage When I read The Coldest Winter I felt like I was right in the battle, could picture the terrain and how people were positioned this book it is all about Chesty who was loved because he was in the front lines with his men I also had the feeling that some of the battles were slightly skewed to Lewie Puller s perspectivewhich can be true of most bios and memoirs.The one truth is that in war no one can have received [...]

    9. Darrell on said:

      Really enjoyed the story of Lewis Chesty Puller one of the most famous Marines in history The author does a good job of being as factual as possible The story covers Puller s life with particular focus on all of his combat experiences throughout Haiti, Nicaragua, WWII and Korea The story demonstrates how Chesty was not a fan of staff officers waste of good man power and formal training because he struggled with it and believed in actual experience His frustration with how the Korean war was mana [...]

    10. Jane Thompson on said:

      I first learned about Chesty Puller in college It was enlightening to read this biography of him I knew he was a Marine hero but that was all His biographer told his story, with his heroism and his failings One thing that I thought was odd was that the quote I had always hears attributed to Chesty was not in this book It makes me wonder if it actually was said by Chesty, since so much of his life was legend I had trouble, as a civilian, following some of the battle scenes You could tell they wer [...]

    11. BillPace on said:

      I first read about Lewis Puller 60 years ago in Guadalcanal Diary,and then recently in books about Cape Gloucester and Peleliu but it was when I was rereading The last stand of Fox company that I decided I needed to get a good read on this most impressive man This was the right choice and a great biography.I found the material on central America great background but it was Guadalanal that really set him apart I have never been in a front line position but if I were, Puller is the man I would wa [...]

    12. Gerry on said:

      Many years ago as a young Marine stationed on Okinawa I read Marine the first biography auto biography written in the early 1960s This book is far superb in my view in that Col Hoffman is objective, thorough, concise, and at the same time aware of the legend that Chesty brings to the History of the U.S Marine Corps I had the honorable pleasure to meet Lew Puller, Jr in 1987 and I also recommend that any person that reads this biography continue with Fortunate Son by Lt Lewis B Puller, Jr Deceas [...]

    13. Lee on said:

      Chesty emerges as a human being from this work We all have flaws, but few of us can be this kind of leader.Hoffman was able to create a balanced appraisal of this oft admired, sometimes deplored, man He generally included a look at detractors claims after each campaign and answered them He includes a look at Burke Davis work, as well, and is even handed in his treatment of that I found it interesting that Hoffman is able to emphasize that Puller s strong suit was leadership, not necessarily the [...]

    14. Greg on said:

      I would have given this book five stars but didn t due to a lot of detailed and hard to follow battle movements Without a map hard to follow with an ereader and knowledge of the Marine infrastructure, I rode along gathering what I could of the battles The last part of the book post Korean War was great Lt Gen Chesty Puller s life, belief to lead troops in the front line and reliance on NCOs and junior officers was exemplary.

    15. Kevin Goldsmith on said:

      Excellent read Very interesting and engaging history Certainly the most authoritative piece of literature on Lieutenant General Chesty Puller to date If you are into history or military history, this will be a very rewarding read for you I highly recommend it for its detail and level of engagement.

    16. Owen on said:

      Oh My Word I think Chesty s career took less time than it took me to read this book It was relegated to toilet reading since I couldn t take than a few pages at a time Woof Detailed and on a fascinating subject the lesson I took from this book is that the Marine Corps even screwed Chesty Puller , but painfully slow.

    17. Amy Duncan on said:

      This is an extremely detailed account of the military life of Lewis Chesty Puller I thoroughly enjoyed it because of the portrait of Chesty that emerged from the descriptions of his bravery, attitudes, opinions, loving treatment of his wife, intelligent decisions, gutsy actions, and strong convictions.

    18. Jacob Sargent on said:

      Interesting character studyIt s apparent that the body of information on Gen Puller s life is small, but this book does a good job trying to extrapolate solid inferences about his life and career.

    19. David on said:

      An outstanding biography of a true Marine hero Legend is not too strong a word for General Puller If I were to recommend one book about the United States Marine Corps, this would be the one.Hoffman, a Marine office and military historian, has captured the essence of Chesty superbly.

    20. Clifford on said:

      I found this book to be an excellent story It was well written and I very much enjoyed the subject of the book, the Lt General himself If you enjoy history, you should read this book.

    21. Barry Littleton on said:

      a real marine was chesty puller, they don t make like him any saddest was when I heard his son also a marine in Vietnam who had his legs blown off committed suicide about five years ago.

    22. Joe on said:

      A very good autobiography, I loved this kind of stuff when I was growing up Humor, horror, sadness, triumph, betrayal and love All the good stuff Read it while on vacation in Florida, August 2011.

    23. John on said:

      Hoffman presents a comprehensive biography of America s most famous Marine.

    24. Derrick Freeman on said:

      great read with little bias wish Marine officers would read this and apply it to their lives instead of working for a fitness report.

    25. Michael on said:

      Good book on a great man, a leader of men, yet he exhibited a soft side where the family was concerned, real love for his wife and children, as he had for the men under his commands.

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