Backbone by Julia Dye
History, Traditions, and Leadership Lessons of Marine Corps NCOs (General Military)

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Noncommissioned officers stand as the backbone of the United States Marine Corps. The corps is among the most lasting institutions in America, though few understand what makes it so strong and how that understanding can be applied effectively in today’s world. In this insightful and thoroughly researched book, Julia Dye explores the cadre of noncommissioned officers that make up the Marine Corps’s system of small-unit leadership. To help us better understand what makes these extraordinary men and women such effective leaders, Dye examines the fourteen leadership traits embraced by every NCO. These qualities—including judgment, enthusiasm, determination, bearing, and unselfishness—are exemplified by men like Terry Anderson, the former Marine sergeant who spent nearly seven years as a hostage in Beirut, John Basilone, a hero of the Pacific front in World War II, and many others. To assemble this extraordinary chronicle, Dye interviewed Anderson and dozens of other marines, mining a trove of NCO heroes who comprise the Marine Corps’s astonishing legacy, from its founding in 1775 to the present day.

About Julia Dye

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Julia Dye, Ph.D. keeps the entertainment industry honest through technical advising and performer training, and helps Hollywood directors capture the realities of warfare. As a partner in the consulting firm Warriors, Inc., she provided weapons training to Colin Farrell for the film Alexander and with the military advisory team, oversaw historical accuracy for the HBO series, The Pacific. Dye earned her doctorate in hoplology (the anthropology of human conflict) from The Union Institute & University. She is a frequent consultant for the History Channel, Military Channel and Discovery Channel and is the former Executive Director of the Society of American Fight Directors, and helped create the Los Angeles Fight Academy. Visit her on the web at and
Published April 2, 2013 by Warriors Publishing Group. 332 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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