Book Review: Marine Raiders: The True Story of the Legendary WWII Battalions

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On the cover: Photographed by a U.S. photographer embedded with Edison's Raiders during WWII, members of a machine gun team pose for cameras on Guadalcanal, 1942. First Lieutenant Lee N. Minier, one of four raiders featured in this book, lies on the ground stretched out behind his machine gun at the Raider camp dubbed Coconut Grove: courtesy Minier Family collections.

Marine Raiders: The True Story of the Legendary WWII Battalions, Carole Engle Avriett. ISBN: 978-1-68451-130-3 (Hardcover)  eISBN:978-1-68451-148-8. Regnery History.

The American people revere their elite combat units, but one of these noble bands has been unjustifiably forgotten—until now.

At the beginning of World War II, military planners set out to form the most ruthless, skilled, and effective force the world had ever seen. The U.S. Marines were already the world’s greatest fighters, but leadership wanted a select group to conduct special operations at the highest level in the Pacific theater. And so the Marine Raiders were born.

These young men, the cream of the crop, received matchless training in the arts of war. Marksmen, brawlers, and tacticians, the Marine Raiders could accomplish their objective before the enemy even knew they were there.

These heroes and their exploits should be the stuff of legend. Yet even though one of their commanders was President Roosevelt’s son, they have disappeared into the mists of history—the greatest warriors you’ve never heard of.

Carole Engle Avriett’s thorough telling of the Marine Raider story includes:

  • The personal narratives of four men who served as Marine Raiders
  • Frontline accounts of the Raiders’ most important engagements
  • The explanation for their obscurity, despite their earlier fame

The Marine Raiders were one of the greatest forces ever to take the field under the American flag. After reading this book, you’ll know why.

 More About the Author: Carole Engle Avriett is a bestselling author who grew up in a family steeped in military history and she often heard her uncle—the chief mechanic for General Claire Lee Chennault’s Flying Tigers—insist, “Ain’t no fake stories ever gonna outdo the real ones.” Convinced that he was right, Avriett pursued a career as a writer, first at Southern Living Magazine and later as the author of book about true-life adventures and military history. Her previous book is Coffin Corner Boys: One Bomber, Ten Men, and Their Harrowing Escape from Nazi-Occupied France, part of Regnery History’s celebrated World War II Collection.

Biography
Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – one daughter-in-law; Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with husband Gordon Duff, many cats, and two rescue pups.

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