Chesty by Jon T. Hoffman
The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC

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The Marine Corps is known for its heroes, and Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller has long been considered the greatest of them all. His assignments and activities covered an extraordinary spectrum of warfare. Puller mastered small unit guerrilla warfare as a lieutenant in Haiti in the 1920s, and at the end of his career commanded a division in Korea. In between, he chased Sandino in Nicaragua and fought at Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, and Peleliu.

With his bulldog face, barrel chest (which earned him the nickname Chesty), gruff voice, and common touch, Puller became—and has remained—the epitome of the Marine combat officer. At times Puller's actions have been called into question—at Peleliu, for instance, where, against a heavily fortified position, he lost more than half of his regiment. And then there is the saga of his son, who followed in Chesty's footsteps as a Marine officer only to suffer horrible wounds in Vietnam (his book, Fortunate Son, won the Pulitzer Prize).

Jon Hoffman has been given special access to Puller's personal papers as well as his personnel record. The result will unquestionably stand as the last word about Chesty Puller.


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Jon T. Hoffman

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Jon Hoffman is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve and is currently serving on extended active duty as the deputy director of the Marine Corps History & Museums Division. He has spent sixteen years on active duty as an infantry officer and historian. He has a Master's Degree in military history from Ohio State and a law degree from Duke University. His first book, Once A Legend, a biography of Major General Merritt "Red Mike" Edson, won the Marine Corps' prize as the best book of the year. LtCol Hoffman lives in Virginia.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Random House. 672 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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A powerful and often controversial military biography of the US Marine Corps' legendary Lieutenant General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller.

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Jon T. Hoffman has written the story of Lewis B. Puller, a Marine general who came to be the corps's biggest hero.

Sep 09 2001 | Read Full Review of Chesty: The Story of Lieutena...

Star News Online

To an extent, Mr. Hoffman suggests, the Puller Legend obscured "Chesty" Puller's actual achievements.

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World War II Database

The history of the United States Marine Corps has many large figures, but it is possible that there is no single figure larger than Chesty Puller.

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