I'm currently enlisted in the Marines. I didn't read any book to sway my decision, but I am reading a book called "Flags of our Fathers," by James Bradley. It tells the story of the six marines that raised the american flag at Iwo Jima in WWII. It's a really good book so far, so I suggest checking this one out when you get a chance.
I wasn't trying to sway your decision. Not at all. I apologize for leaving that impression.
I have read "Flags of our Fathers" and it s an excellent story about Americans fighting on Iwo Jima and returning home. The exact opposite of "Flags" is the book I mentioned above: "Letter from Iwo Jima." Our soldiers on Iwo returned as heroes. As "Flags" points out, they were not completely heroes, they were merely men.
The tragedy of "Letters" is that the Japanese couldn't return home unless they were victorious. Their story is just as compelling.
The hesitancy you hear in my selections is not for the soldiers. Being a marine is an honorable profession. But the gray haired men that find the reasons for war and send fine young men into war -- they are the objects of my criticism. Colin Powell once said that you go in with overwhelming forces and a plan to win, or you don't go in at all.
Again, sorry about the impression I gave.