At last, a book about the Marine Corps which doesn't tell for the umpteenth time the great saga of island invasions in World War II! This volume instead concentrates on individual and little-known stories of specific Marines as they hurried on special missions throughout the entire history of their fire-eating Corps. Marines captured by the Barbary pirates, the sea soldiers on the frigate Essex, the intrigues of Fremont of California, a portrait of the fabulous ""ideal Marine"", Sgt. Lou Diamond, and one of the American Indian who helped raise the flag on Iwo Jima. The book as a whole puts Marines in a refreshingly new light in relationship to the main flow of American history.