Heirs to a storied past and glamorized as modern-day knights, the Marine Corpsâthe elite fighting force in America's militaryâin fact has not always been so highly regarded. As Jack Shulimson shows, only a century ago the Corps' identity and existence were much in question.
Although the Marines were formally established by Congress in 1798 and subsequently distinguished themselves fighting on the Barbary Coast, their essential mission and identity remained unclear throughout most of the nineteenth century. But amid the crosscurrents of industrialization, technological change, professionalization, and reform that emerged in Gilded Age America, the Corps underwent a gradual transformation that ultimately secured its significant and enduring military role.
In this enlightening study, Shulimson argues that the Marine Corps officers' inextricable ties to the Navy both hampered and aided their attempt to define their own special jurisdiction and professional identity. Often treated like a poor relation, the Marine officers frequently found themselves in direct competition with their counterparts in the Navy and at times the object of the latter's scorn. Shulimson reveals the processes, politics, and personalities that converged to create these tense and sometimes embattled relations, but he goes on to show how Marine officers (with the Navy's blessing) eventually transcended their second-class role.
A true story about a 4-yr-old deaf boy, Jeremy Coots, who wandered away from the babysitter's home south of Atchison, KS, near the Missouri River on February 18, 1977. The author Melodye (Coots) Hathaway describes in captivating and honest detail the 5-day search for her son and the aftermath that followed. She was in her ninth month pregnancy with her second child as thousands of searchers over the course of 5 days came together to find her little boy, which officially ended with the findings of an air scent dog team. It is a sad, heartbreaking, moving, uplifting and hopeful read, with a comfortable flow. The author takes you through a parent's worse fear. You weep with Melodye as well as rejoice with her as she takes you through the grief process. The author gives the reader a wonderful glimpse into a hopeful future even in difficult times. As you read her words you feel the sadness and pain as well as the peace, love and hope she has been given. So many can and will benefit reading this moving, uplifting true story.