General Lewis Burwell Puller, holder of five Navy Crosses, hero of five great American military campaigns, and symbol of old-style, almost mythical heroism to all U.S. Marines, is the subject of this interesting biography. The author takes Puller through the ""occupations"" of 1919, the Nicaragua campaign, Shanghai duty in war and other harrowing South Pacific fights of World War II, and finally the terrible days of Korea's Chosn Reservoir retreat of late 1950. Not only are Puller's military feats described (they led to a Lieutenant Generalcy for him) but his own philosophy on military training and preparedness, his own Marine Corps mystique, are also closely examined. The figure of a hard-fighting yet highly intelligent professional soldier emerges. Limited as it is by a rather one-sided view of the man, it offers a valuable historical portrait for our time.