Impeccable timing

Tony Perry reviews Robert Coram’s Brute for the LA Times:

Along with this brisk, highly readable, strongly reported biography’s other attributes, add impeccable timing.

Coram does not shrink from Krulak’s unattractive side: He grabbed credit from others. He could be cold toward his family. He was devious in inter-service wrangling and Beltway politicking. He concocted stories to enhance his already considerable reputation for brains and bravery. He hid and then denied his Jewish heritage.

Still, Coram argues for a larger evaluation of his subject. And he suggests the future of the Marine Corps in the 21st century may depend on whether a new Krulak steps forward.

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