A monthly discussion of books on military history, current events and national security. You don’t have to be an MOWW or AFA member to participate; you just need to have an interest in a lively discussion of books which shape the way we think about military capabilities and how we apply them in a complicated world. For now, we’re meeting by Zoom but intend to resume face-to-face meetings at Prestonwood Creek CC as soon as possible.
From the earliest days of his thirty-four-year military career, Victor "Brute" Krulak displayed a remarkable facility for applying creative ways of fighting to the Marine Corps. He went on daring spy missions, was badly wounded, pioneered the use of amphibious vehicles, and masterminded the invasion of Okinawa. In Korea, he was a combat hero and invented the use of helicopters in warfare. In Vietnam, he developed a holistic strategy in stark contrast to the Army's "Search and Destroy" methods -- but when he stood up to LBJ to protest, he was punished.
And yet it can be argued that all of these accomplishments pale in comparison to what he did after World War II and again after Korea: Krulak almost single-handedly stopped the U.S. government from abolishing the Marine Corps.
RSVP: to Robert Epstein at Macabee1948@gmail.com
Next meeting: Thursday, February 25, 2021
- Time: The Zoom room will open at 7:45; discussion begins at 8 am
- Where: Virtual on Zoom
Up and coming Military Book Review Dates