Unit, he also participated in the CIA’s Phoenix program.
Finlayson’s experiences gave him an exhaustive view of
war at the small-unit level but he also is able to see how
it influenced and was influenced by top-level decisions.
GEORGE BARNETT, MARINE
A Memoir, 1877-1923
By George Barnett, edited by Andy
Barnett. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland
& Co., 2015. 208 pp. $45.00
The career of Gen George Barnett is
described in this biography, in
which each chapter is succeeded by
analytical comments from the editor, a descendent of
the commandant. Barnett’s service took him far and
wide, including to Alaska, Cuba, China, the Philippines,
Samoa and China. He was a pioneer in amphibious warfare and as commandant prepared the Corps for its
action on the Western Front in World War I, serving
until 1920. He is credited with saving the Marine Corps
from extinction and transforming it into the powerhouse that endures to this day.
21st CENTURY ELLIS:
Operational Art and Strategic
Prophecy for the Modern Era
Edited by B.A. Friedman. Annapolis,
Md.: Naval Institute Press, 2015.
176 pp. $21.95
The editor, a Marine artillery officer, presents six treatises on warfare, written by LtCol Earl
Hancock “Pete” Ellis, who fathered the amphibious
warfare doctrine that became synonymous with the
Marine Corps in World War II. Called the “amphibious
prophet,” Ellis in 1921 predicted the operational strategy the United States would use in the Pacific theater.
Ellis, a veteran of the Philippine Insurrection and
World War I, also wrote essays on conventional warfare and counterinsurgency. A short biography of Ellis
also is included.
FALLUJAH REDUX: The
Anbar Awakening and the
Struggle with Al-Qaeda
By Daniel R. Green and William F.
Mullen III. Annapolis, Md.: Naval
Institute Press, 2014. 192 pp. $37.95
This book’s title immediately grabs a
reader aware of the advances made
of late in Iraq by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
The key campaign that turned the tide in the Iraq War
against Al-Qaeda was the successful effort to align the
Sunni militias in Anbar Province on the side of the U.S.
coalition. The story of the Anbar Awakening, as it was
called, is told here by two veterans of the campaign, a
tribal engagement officer and a Marine infantry battalion
commander. The book centers on Fallujah, a city taken
by Marines in a fierce battle in 2004 and held with a con-
certed pacification campaign that by 2007 was taking
hold. The counterinsurgency success was a model for
future operations in the Middle East.
THE BOSTON MARINE
BARRACKS: A History,
By Lt. Col. John R. Yates Jr., USMC
(Ret.), and Thomas Yates
McFarland & Co., 2015.
232 pp. $45.00
The first author was the last commanding officer of the Boston
Marine Barracks in Massachusetts, which closed in 1974.
He researched the voluminous correspondence of the previous commanders and others and produced this account
of the life and times of the Marines stationed there from
the early 19th century until World War II. The Boston
Marines served in the Seminole Wars, Mexican War, Civil
War, Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection,
in Samoa, Panama, the Boxer Rebellion in China and
World War I. The Boston Marines also guarded the Naval
Prison in the Boston Navy Yard.
VOUGHT F4U CORSAIR
By James D’Angina. Oxford, U.K.
Osprey Publishing, 2014.
64 pp. $18.95
There is no shortage of books about
the famous F4U Corsair naval fighter, but this monograph gives a concise and well-organized description
of the development and the various versions of the aircraft and its operational service with the Navy and Marine
Corps in World War II and the Korean War, as well as air
arms of Great Britain, France, New Zealand, Argentina, El
Salvador and Honduras. The Corsair achieved an 11: 1 kill
ratio in World War II and its excellence as a ground attack
aircraft saved the lives of many infantrymen in the Korean
War. Original art, some pilot accounts and useful appendices enhance the solid narrative. ;
Seapower does not review works of fiction or self-published books.