1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 1999
I enjoyed reading this book especially about what this senior Army infantry colonel said about the USMC. I thought that the book was a better review of Marine Corps Planning, capabilities and traditions than "The Making of the Corps". The notes at the end of the chapters are as interesting as the text.I hope TR Fehrenbach who is alive and living in Texas doesn't mind the use of his quote "Infantrymen really have no place in polite civil society" .I am remembering this quote from memory as I can't find my copy of "This Kind of War as It is always being borrowed by friends. But I am sure that TRF who is quoted and epigramed with attribution by Bolger in past books would think this is a wonderful book about the Legions that we would need when he wrote his book back in 1963. I found the book showed how the use of maneuver is no longer just nice but necessary as we must make do with less and do more. The book should certainly be added to the USMC Commandant's reading list .Bravo Zulu to Colonel Bolger
on 19 March 1999
I enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it to anyone who wants a clear view on the current state of U.S. Infantry. The book is not overly technical in my estimation. It is, however, geared for the reader who has more than a passing interest in things military. It is interesting to note that Col. Bolger is very qualified to write such a book.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 April 1999
I just read your rules which state that you should not attack another reviewer's opinions but when the review has official status,I think the rule should be Modified. There are people who may be unduly influeced because this was done by an official reviewer- the Kirkus review.I think that the type of person who would like this book who is interested in this subject will realize that this review was biased by a heavy dose of Liberal thought process.The very fact of its publisher- Presidio Press is condemnatory.It is to Army literature what the Naval institute Press is to Navy/Marine Corps Material.I am sure that the military professional will just ignore the reviewer's advice(Kirkus) but I hope that the book will be read by a larger audience.We must not lecture to the choir only especially as the number of influential people (the Congress) continues to have fewer and fewer people who have been to the circus-combat.Also one man's Jingoism is another man's patriotism.Semper Fidelis