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Book Note: W.E.B. Griffin, Call To Arms (#2)

I read this book about 27-Nov-2001. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1987. This note was last modified Saturday, 03-May-2014 21:06:31 PDT.

This is book 2 of the "The Corps" series.

This note does not contain major spoilers for the book.


Another short-cycle reread, for some reason. Too much new stuff, or not enough good enough new stuff, or something. I seem to be whipping through these and not bringing much out the other end. Of course, being sick may be a factor, too.

There's a bit about the history of the Marine term gung ho; which is probably true, even though it's internally inconsistent. There were a lot of old China marines involved in the Marine Raider battalions, many of whom spoke Chinese. Gung ho apparently really means something like "strive for harmony", and was often explained as meaning "all work together", as part of the attempt to get people to take responsibility for things beyond their most immediate assignments. But that meaning gets overwhelmed nearly instantaneously by the more familiar meaning of something like "Eager and ready to go". This is shown, not told, and not commented on.






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