Brute by Admin Online

Title : Brute
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ISBN : 9780316758468
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 374

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 helicopFrom 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 his these accomplishments pale in


Brute Reviews

  • Andy

    The most effective peolple are not always the most well-adjusted. Coram gives Krulak his due as a driven officer whose vision served America and the Corps well, but also gives us the ambiguity -- the dissembling about background and war experiences. Krulak, for me, was ultimately redeemed by his willingness to confront LBJ with the bankruptcy of the Westmoreland approach to the war. This candor cost Krulak the prize he most desired. When the czar's were running Krulak's ancestors out of Russia, [...]

  • Mike

    The reader will probably not like General Victor Krulak, although one has to appreciate his dedication, competence, and focus on the Marines, especially the troops. Unlike Zelig, Brute is an active participant in the various points of history in which he is involved: Pre-WWII, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. His championing of the Higgins Boat influenced the outcome of WWII. However, Brute's is not the only story in the book. For example, the political intrigues described in the book make you wonder ho [...]

  • Jerome

    I was in the Corps from 1954 to 1957 and am damn glad I didn't have this martinet for a C.O. In fact I never even heard of him till reading about Vietnam. Except for his one skirmish in early WW2, he was what we grunts called a REMF. ( rear echelon mother fucker ). Chesty Puller was the Marine we all looked up to. I won't deny that Krulak did some good things for the Corps and he was probably a very intelligent man that stood up for what he believed in, but I think it obvious he road coat tails [...]

  • Carol Storm

    Just couldn't get into this book at all. Robert Coram gives the impression of being a completely amateur author who can't decide whether he's writing history, biography, memoir, or some sort of technical guide to Marine Corp politics. There are nasty personal stories about Brute Krulak, but no sense of what really drove him. The history lessons are on the sixth grade level. And everything else comes across as written in a hurry with no direction.

  • Debi Krulak

    A very complicated man, who left a complicated legacy. I am married to one of his grandsons. Amy danced the hula at our rehearsal dinner. I had heard stories of the "Moravian" heritage, but news of the first marriage came as very much a surprise to the family. I think that Coram presents a fair portrait.

  • Rocklin

    BRUTE: A biography of Lt Gen Victor “Brute” Krulak by Robert CoramVictor Krulak was an unlikely candidate for the Naval Academy. His family were of Russian Jewish stock ( a fact he hid all of his life) and he only stood 5’4” tall and weighed in at 116 lbs. Technically too short and too light weight for the academy. With an average score of 3.7 out of 4 on his entrance exams he was able to get waivers for his diminutive size,. This would come back to haunt him when in 1934 upon graduation [...]

  • Gerry

    A most important book that provides historical information for all U.S. Marines and any person interested in the Military History. "Brute" was a force to be reckoned with - successfully managing (though unintentionally) to peeve of LBJ for his handling of the Vietnam War in the micromanagement style - his suggestions of handling the Vietnam War were later adopted by General David Patreaus in handling both the Surge in Iraq and later Afghanistan. The additional importance here for me is the proof [...]

  • Gregg Brewer

    As I mentioned in a note, the author's writing was not up to his subject. Gen. Krulak's career is an interesting story worthy of a biography but this book just didn't cut it. For someone really interested in a history of the USMC in the Twentieth Century this biography would be worth the read for background but probably more so for the bibliography.

  • Janet

    I never knew history, especially military history could be so interesting. Reading the biography of one of the most prominent Marines of the 20th century gave me a look at wars I knew little about, including WWII and the wars in Korea and Vietnam. I never knew that the USMC seemed to be regularly under siege from the other military branches nor did I know how often they had to "fight for the right to fight." I'm grateful to Victor Krulak and his colleagues for keeping our elite military branch a [...]

  • CD

    A one star review of book about a three star United States Marine Corps General. They both should have had 4 stars.The life of Brute Krulak is fascinating and his role in the making of the modern Marine Corps is unquestioned. His son became commandant of the same and that alone could be viewed as a monumental contribution.Unfortunately the author produced a well written cross between a journalistic/biographical hit piece and hagiography. It is all over the place. The subject is tough but that's [...]

  • Nathan

    If you're already a fan of Krulak, or really into the Marines, you might enjoy this book. I'm neither, and I didn't. Krulak is colorful enough, but he's colorful in the way that all hard-bitten, opinionated tough-guy Marine-types are. This was boring to read, because Krulak is a caricature of a stereotype. Worse, Coram doesn't seem to recognize the lack of material he has to work with. He comes close to hagiography, expecting us to laugh over Krulak's sometimes mean-spirited nature and dismiss h [...]

  • Tom

    While the life of Lieutenant General Victor Krulak may be an interesting one, I am not sure about this book. It is confusing as to whether Coram is exalting the career of General Krulak, or is giving him a hatchet job. I say this because all throughout the book the author points out inconsistencies, and character flaws that would seem to make the advancement through the Marine Corps by the General impossible. He is portrayed as a liar, a cheat, a conniving individual, a heartless man etc. Yet it [...]

  • Roger Wagner

    Enjoyed the book very much. Krulak was an amazing marine, but (as is often the case) his family (his three sons) benefited little from his greatness. The sub-plot concerning the jealousy and opposition to the USMC on the part of the other Army and Navy — if even half true — is disgraceful. Interesting to read of Krulak going nose-to-nose with President Lyndon Johnson over US strategy in Vietnam. Krulak called it as he saw it, and paid the price (he was not selected to be the Comandant of the [...]

  • Michael

    Wow! Great book! Bio of an imperfect man that lived the perfect life. There must be something to the saying, the only difference between God and a Marine General, is that God doesn't think he is a General. A truly great man, even with his imperfections and idiosyncrasies.

  • Brett's Books

    I enjoyed this biography of Victor Krulak, which I read as past of a professional reading program at my place of employ. Not being a U.S. Marine, I was vaguely aware that a previous Marine Commandant was named Krulak, but had no idea that person (Chuck) was the son of the subject of this book (Victor). Thus, I came into the book as a blank slate; with no pre-conceived notions about either the author or the Marines. I discovered that Victor Krulak was an important Marine, who helped reinvent the [...]

  • Jay Hennessey

    Bottom Line Up Front: Brute, the life of Victor Krulak, by Robert Coram was a great read that I recommend to anyone interested in military history or leadership.Themes: Brute was a fascinating book that covered significantly more than just Victor Krulak. The book provided significant insight into the history of the USMC in WWI, specifically Belleau Wood, WWII (Pacific), Korea, Vietnam and helicopters in the military. Belleau Wood described as the key battle in WWI that earned USMC credibility am [...]

  • Elle Thornton

    I read Robert Coram’s portrait of a brilliant man, Marine Lt. Gen. Victor H. "Brute" Krulak, with intense personal interest. That is because Brute mentions the late B. Gen. Edward C. Dyer, who with others helped make helicopters an enduring part of the Marine Corps. Gen. Dyer is my father. Coram gives readers a story of great breadth: Beyond the complexities of Lt. Gen. Krulak, his flaws and remarkable accomplishments, the author describes the Marine Corps, its relationship with other branches [...]

  • Nancy

    I was interested in this book only because I thought that Victor "Brute" Krulak might be a relative. When my brother worked for the government, he was sometimes asked if General Krulak was a relative. After reading the book, I know that this is unlikely. I skimmed a lot of the military parts of the book - Brute at War. I was really only interested in Brute's personal life. That said, he was an interesting, driven individual. Also, being married to a former marine, the marine mindset was interest [...]

  • Eddie Mosley

    Having served in the Marine Corps, I love these types of biographies about great leaders that often get forgotten. Although most Marines have heard of Victor Krulak, information on him has been usually hit and miss unless you where to look. Robert Coram has remedied that issue with this excellent biography of the general. The man and legend that was Brute Krulak is quite a story worthy of the stories that led Sir Walter Scott to write, "tell it to the marines, the sailors won't believe it." Scot [...]

  • J Scott Shipman

    Robert Coram is a national treasure and the recent release of BRUTE confirms his position as one of America's premier military biographers. Mr. Coram took the straight and true method of portraying a genuine great man, but not in absence of his humanity. As Norman Maclean observes in his classic A River Runs Through It, man is a "damned mess;" even the great and the hero has flaws, and General Krulak was no exception. Coram correctly observes in the Acknowledgements: "Some aspects of Brute Krula [...]

  • Sam

    The nation and the USMC owes Krulak much, for his advanced thinking, vision, and all that he did to help win WW II. One can only assume the lives saved, in Korea and Viet Nam, had the Army not been running the show and/or senior civilian leadership not been so hard headed and narrow minded. Krulak was not afraid to think out of the box. He took full advantage of the coattails that he was able to ride on to not only get where he wanted to go, but to better the Corps. The flip side, to him, howeve [...]

  • Zachary

    Very good.-- Higgins stuff made me smile"Higgins could have an idea, translate it into a design, and build a prototype while the Navy was arguing over details.""The [Higgins] boat performed so well that the Navy stole the bow-ramp design and award a contract ot Chris-Craft, one of its favorite boatbuilders, for 2,100 boats, while awarding Higgins a contract for only 384.""[Higgins] said he would build boats for the Navy, but he would henceforth deal only with the Marines." (and Krulak was one of [...]

  • Grahambo

    An embarrassing piece of propaganda masquerading as a work of history. Seemingly immune to irony, Coram feels compelled to transcribe what was clearly the first person ramblings of the subject as a nonagenarian. Coram manages to praise Krulak for being an awful father, supporting (and then criticizing) the Vietnam war, claiming to invent Counterinsurgency theory, and being on the right side of history despite continually advocating for increased military involvement in Vietnam. Koram directly ca [...]

  • Lee

    3.5 stars.I am a fan of military biographies that take time to cover the subject's friends and professional relationships in and out of wartime, as well as pages spent on peacetime activities. Most soldiers spend far more time out of war than in it, and are at least as affected by what happens years before shots are fired. Thus, I rather liked this book, for that is what it did. I was impressed that there was effort spent on delving into his family background, which the general tried to cover up [...]

  • Susan Kavanagh

    The author's straightforward, almost folksy writing style made this story of an important figure in Marine history accessible to readers not well versed in Marine Corp or military history. Although I had never heard of Victor Krulak, I found the story of this short statured, atypical Marine very informative. Krulak had a fascinating career set against the backdrop of Singapore before and during the Japanese war with China, WWII in the Pacific arena, Korea and Vietnam. From this book, I learned a [...]

  • Cynthia

    I thought it was a very interesting book. I could not wait to get back to reading it when I had to stop. It kept the reader glued to the story. All the different trials that Brute went through to get where he wanted to be in his life. How he kept his past in the past, not even telling his wife and sons about his failed marriage and his original roots of where he came from till the end of his life and then very briefly to one of his sons. Whenever his cousins wanted to join the Marines he discour [...]

  • Shawn

    I understand why this book is in the Intermediate Category of the USMC Commandant's Professional Reading List. The book demonstrates the importance of having good people in staff positions, and how their work can be just as important as those in command billets. Author Robert Coram also makes the case of LtGen Krulak's extreme moral courage in confronting LBJ over the conduct of the Vietnam War, but given LtGen Krulak's tendency to always speak his mind to his superiors I don't think that one in [...]

  • Joel Blackwell

    Excellent. Coram is a reporter and this book shows it. He has interviewed the major and minor players associated with a significant historic figure, one seldom mentioned outside the Marine Corps family.This biography reads easily and quickly with a dramatic arc worthy of fiction. It sheds light on the conduct of the Vietnam war relevant to events since and going on today, such as Iraq and other military adventures of dubious outcome. Of particular interest are the examples of internecine warfare [...]

  • Billjr13

    Thanks . I enjoyed this book partly because I lived in Okinawa for a year and knew some of the history of the battles fought there in WWII. Brute is writen well and has a conversational tone. Coram did a good job and I think his admiration for Gen. Krulak shows. I think some people would have found the General abrasive and slightly Napolionic. He was short and almost didn't get into the marines because of it. He also loved the corps and his country and fought gallantry for them. As an advisor to [...]

  • Timothy Griffin

    An unblinkered look at a great American. The first General Krulak was a major force in the modern Marine Corp, serving from 1934 to 1968 on active duty and rising to the level of a 3-star. He was denied his fourth star and his rightful place as Commandant, primarily due to his unfailing propensity for speaking truth to power. In retirement, he continued to work on behalf of his beloved Corps and published his famous book, "First to Fight". He was a complicated man, and this book, "Brute", reveal [...]