An interesting tale of the voyage from being a civilian, through the rigour of serving a tour in Vietnam with the Marines, and then the difficult return to the world.
We are given an insight, not merely to the short training process to create an order-obeying platoon member, but also to some of his thoughts as he buckles down to try to become a good Marine. The account, although personal, has objectivity. It all rings true and is well worth a read.
The only downside I felt was the lack of passion. The delivery is rather too flat, especially for such dramatic events as the patrols and fire-fights in country. This may be due to the fact that the book has taken forty years to write and thus loses some of its immediacy.
All in all, misson accomplished, and if no Medal of Honour winner it is well worth a mention in dispatches.