"There are as many wild tales about Chesty Puller’s battlefield exploits as there are Marines. Jon Hoffman, like a master prospector, has separated the fool’s gold from the real nuggets in telling this glittering story of an ex- traordinary Leatherneck."
–Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, USMC (Ret.), author of
A Fellowship of Valor: The Battle History of the United States Marines
"Holder of an incredible five Navy Crosses, Marine Corps hero Lewis B. Puller deserves this definitive biography. Jon Hoffman, in his meticulously researched and written Chesty, gets past the legends and reveals the man."
–Brigadier General Edwin Howard Simmons, USMC (Ret.),director emeritus, Marine Corps History
Praise for Jon T. Hoffman’s
Once a Legend: "Red Mike" Edson of the Marine Raiders:
"Jon Hoffman’s biography catches the dark, driven nature of Edson’s brilliant career. It is faithful to the man and his Marine Corps and will rank with the best books about American combat leaders. An outstanding achievement."
–Colonel Allan Millett, USMCR (Ret.), author of Semper Fidelis: The History of the United States Marine Corps
"‘Red Mike’ Edson, as brilliantly chronicled in this book, was . . . courageous and fearless–truly a legend."
–Lieutenant General Victor H. Krulak, USMC (Ret.)
"Jon Hoffman has captured the qualities and contributions of this exceptional thinker, fighter, and patriot. Once a Legend strips the veil from a remarkable career and gives us the man in true perspective."
–Colonel J. E. Greenwood, USMC (Ret.), former editor of the Marine Corps Gazette
From the Hardcover edition.