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Mail Call

A book by R. Lee Ermey

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Okay, I'll say it...

  • Feb 17, 2005
Rating:
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... I was really disappointed by this book.

I'm a fan of "Mail Call," of course, and when I heard Gunny tell me his book was coming out, I made a point of securing a copy as soon as I could. This is a nice enough book, I suppose, but it could have been so much more.

If you've got copies of "Mail Call" on tape, disc, or TiVo, you already have this book, which consists entirely of questions and answers taken straight from the show. Most if not all of the illustrations appear to have come right off the screen, like some sort of old kinescope. Many of the images aren't even particularly sharp, coming as they do straight off of video. I'm not sure if there's anything here -- with the exception of a few trivia questions -- that hasn't already appeared on the show.

I'm not hatin' on Gunny (I'm not that dumb), but I want people who like him and the show and are interested in this book to know what they're getting. It's a nice souvenir for fans of the show, but it doesn't add a lot, in information or entertainment value, to what we already have on TV several times a week.

Carry on.

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Ermey may be best known for playing a marine D.I. (drill instructor) inFull Metal Jacket, but he actually was one once. Nowadays he answers viewers' questions about military history on the History Channel show that gives its name to this book. He tackles more than a hundred subjects, "in the air, on land, and sea," as "The Marines' Hymn" puts it, complementing that variety of subjects with a large, excellent set of illustrations of things including rations, weapons, vehicles, and himself. The book is also noteworthy for concocting language with the salty flavor of a D.I. without exceeding PG rating standards. Since younger readers stand to make up much of the potential audience, though, the PG was a must (adults completely new to the modern military will learn from it, too). The book is stronger on World War II and after than on earlier periods, and on land warfare than on naval and air engagements, but always eminently readable and accurate.Roland Green
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ISBN-10: 1401307795
ISBN-13: 978-1401307790
Author: R. Lee Ermey
Publisher: Hyperion

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