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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (104 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Coram Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9781400188963
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From the earliest days of his thirty-four-year military career, Victor "Brute" Krulak displayed a remarkable facility for applying creative ways of fighting to the Marine Corps. He went on daring spy missions, was badly wounded, pioneered the use of amphibious vehicles, and masterminded the invasion of Okinawa. In Korea, he was a combat hero and invented the use of helicopters in warfare. In Vietnam, he developed a holistic strategy in stark contrast to the Army's "Search and Destroy" methods-but when he stood up to LBJ to protest, he was punished. And yet it can be argued that all of these accomplishments pale in comparison to what he did after World War II and again after Korea: Krulak almost single-handedly stopped the U.S. government from abolishing the Marine Corps. Download and start listening now!

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  • [Coram] has produced a valuable work that significantly revises our understanding of---but does not diminish our respect for---one of the all-time great Marines. Wall Street Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bowenarrow | 2/19/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've always loved Marines - especially my husband! But I learned a lot about the Marines, about the wars they've fought, the politics of the military and was inspired by this amazing man. He is known as a "Giant of the Corps," the most important officer in the history of the Marine Corps. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C.a. Freeburn | 2/19/2014

    " I enjoyed the book. I was in the military and would have liked to have served under General Brute (but I still think the Army is better than the Marines). The biggest downside to me was that the book read more like a text book rather than a story. I prefer the creative non-fiction style for history and biographies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 1/18/2014

    " Best military book I have ever read. It's a must read for anyone in or thinking about joining The Few and The Proud "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vincent Azzarelli | 1/6/2014

    " Outstanding analysis of a very complex individual that has had a lasing influence on the USMC and country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 12/12/2013

    " Given a choice, I don't tend to read non-fiction about great historical military men, but this book was really well-done. BRUTE was an enigma and Coram has done a great job crafting an engaging portrait of a revered man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Roark | 12/11/2013

    " Excellently written, a well articulated history of the U.S. Marine Corp from it's beginning, and the inspiring true story of General Victor Krulak. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Scott | 12/9/2013

    " An outstanding biography about a legendary Marine. It is also a good look inside the world of Pentagon politics, and the battles that helped shape and define the modern United States Marine Corps. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 12/4/2013

    " As a Canadian my scant knowledge of the Marine corp was limited to war movies. Reading Brute was a great experience for me in gaining insight into the history of the Corp and especially the history of this unique individual. This book was very well written and informative without being pedantic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Lambert | 5/11/2013

    " Great historical read of a not so well known outside of the Marines military hero! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darryl | 1/18/2013

    " Victor "Brute" Krulak was a bastard of a father, and a hard-core disciplinarian who pissed off lots of people, but I'm so glad he was on our side during World War II. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 4/11/2012

    " Wow! Great book! Bio of an imperfect man that lived the perfect life. There must be something to the saying, the only difference between God and a Marine General, is that God doesn't think he is a General. A truly great man, even with his imperfections and idiosyncrasies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Thiele | 7/9/2011

    " Coram is an excellent writer and this is another well-written book from him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 3/1/2011

    " Best military book I have ever read. It's a must read for anyone in or thinking about joining The Few and The Proud "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darryl | 1/6/2011

    " Victor "Brute" Krulak was a bastard of a father, and a hard-core disciplinarian who pissed off lots of people, but I'm so glad he was on our side during World War II. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vincent | 12/11/2010

    " Outstanding analysis of a very complex individual that has had a lasing influence on the USMC and country.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 12/7/2010

    " As a Canadian my scant knowledge of the Marine corp was limited to war movies. Reading Brute was a great experience for me in gaining insight into the history of the Corp and especially the history of this unique individual. This book was very well written and informative without being pedantic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 11/26/2010

    " I have some friends that were in the Marines.Badass tough guys,but this guy takes the cake.Interesting look at a person that had a major place in history,but probably won't show up in a high school history book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 10/22/2010

    " I'm not usually a biography reader but this seemed very interesting and I have to admit that my brother being a Marine did sway my desire to read it. It's an amazing story about an equally amazing man. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 8/26/2010

    " Given a choice, I don't tend to read non-fiction about great historical military men, but this book was really well-done. BRUTE was an enigma and Coram has done a great job crafting an engaging portrait of a revered man. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Coram

Robert Coram was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his work as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is the author of seven novels and four nonfiction books, including American Patriot: The Life and Wars of Colonel Bud Day and Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War. He lives in Atlanta.

About the Narrator

Patrick Lawlor, an award-winning narrator, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many starred audio reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews.