• Marine!

  • The Life of Chesty Puller
  • By: Burke Davis
  • Narrated by: Bill Thatcher
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (288 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The gripping story of an extraordinary American hero, the most decorated man in US Marine Corps history, from a New York Times best-selling author.   

In the glorious chronicles of the US Marine Corps, no name is more revered than that of Lt. Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller. The only fighting man to receive the Navy Cross five separate times - a military honor second only to the Congressional Medal of Honor - he was the epitome of a professional warrior. A son of the South, descendant of Robert E. Lee, and cousin to George S. Patton, Puller began his enlisted career during World War I and moved up through the ranks as he proved his battlefield mettle in Haiti and Nicaragua, with the Horse Marines in Peking, in the Pacific Theater of World War II, and in the nightmarish winter engagements of the Korean War.   

Fearless and seemingly indestructible, adored by the troops he championed yet forced into early retirement by a high command that resented his "lowly" beginnings and unwillingness to play politics, Puller remains one of most towering figures in American military history. Bestselling military biographer Burke Davis paints the definitive portrait of this extraordinary marine hero.

©1962 Burke Davis (P)2019 Tantor

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good book, God awful reading.

I would rather ANYONE else have read this book. It almost makes it impossible to listen to.

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Once a Marine Always a Marine

I thought the book was as I heard of General Puller in the Corps I did notice a few mention of drill sergeant - Marines don’t have drill sergeants

Overall very inspiring as does show that in the Corps the real guys who get it down are the enlisted, really appreciated how Chesty always took care of his men! Something I learned as a NCO at a young age also

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inspiring story of a great man

I've heard his name many times, this was an eye-opener about the reasons why he is a true legend.

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Chesty is a hero every American should read about

I had heard of Chesty Puller back when I was in the Air Force, but never looked into him much.

After leaving the service in 2018, I have come to admire men like Chesty who were born for that life.

You have to live and breathe the military to get to the heights and accomplishments of Lt Gen Puller. We must honor and be grateful for men who sacrifice so much for our country.

It takes a special individual to not only be the tip of the spear when it comes to war, but to convince his men to risk their lives right along side him.

Lt Gen Puller is a true representative of the 2nd greatest generation (1st to me is the Founding Fathers).

Tough, determined, self-reliant, God-fearing men who saved our country from socialism.

Salute to Chesty and may he Rest In Peace!

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An Inspiring Tale of a Little Known Hero

This expertly told story of the quintessential US Marine and fighting man is moving and inspiring.

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Here is an American life that needs to be listened

Her is an American life needs to be listened too . From private to General , Always positive , always motivated . Always Proud of his country and the Marines

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An amazing tribute to an amazing warrior!

I absolutely loved this book! Amazing recollections of historic battles, courageous leadership and stirring military pride. I have even greater admiration for Lewis Puller after reading this biography, though I have a always he was the greatest Marine ever! I hope you envoy this as much as I did!

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The best …can say no more

What can you add to in regards to the great Chesty Puller? The likes of men like him no longer live. How we need him today in woke USA. What a brilliant, tough as nails, and yet kindly Marine. He had the ability to inspire any man to greatness. He is the face of the marine. Thank you Chesty. The narration is spot on perfect. The very best.

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Semper Fidelis!

Chesty is the man!
I enjoyed his history very much. it was a great mix of quotes from everyone Chesty touched and facts.

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The greatest American soldier.

All the highlights of Pullers military career in a well narrated book. The man saw action his entire career, incredible demeanor in the face of the enemy.

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  • MR J R Stagg
  • 01-06-20

interesting listen

Ingot this on a whim, I found myself stuck in the story and enjoyed hearing about a man who truly knew the suck.