I read this book about 25-Jul-2012. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1989. This note was last modified Saturday, 04-Aug-2012 10:47:53 PDT.
This note does not contain major spoilers for the book.
Straight-up military history of the Marine Raider Battalions from their inception, training, the Makin Island raid, through the end of the war (when the same groups were operating under different labels, the "Raiders" having been disestablished).
The story of their formation and the Makin Island raid forms a significant piece of the W.E.B. Griffin Marine Corps series, and that's why this title caught my eye (at a Dreamhaven sale day this summer).
We don't get much on the politics behind creating the Raiders, nothing to confirm or deny the Griffin version of the story.