Miracle at Belleau Wood

The Birth Of The Modern U.S. Marine Corps


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The battle that transformed a group of common
soldiers into the modern-day Marine Corps

Miracle at Belleau Wood begins in June 1918 at Les Mare Farm in France with just 200 U.S. marines, who spilled their blood to prevail against impossible odds, resisting an overwhelming German force of thousands and turned the battle back against the enemy, saved Paris, saved France, and saved the Allied hope of victory. Called “the Gettysburg of the Great War” by many at the time, it rescued America and its allies from almost certain defeat. This book tells the riveting story of the modern marines as America's fiercest and most effective warriors, the world's preeminent fighting elite. Miracle at Belleau Wood is the story of an epoch-making battle--a battle that elevated the Corps to legendary status and forever burned them into the American imagination.

Praise for Miracle at Belleau Wood

“Axelrod brings us back vividly to the shocking casualties of ‘the war to end all wars.'”
—Bing West, author of No True Glory, former Assistant Secretary of Defense

“Alan Axelrod has perfectly captured the embodiment of U.S. Marines and their unparalleled Esprit de Corps. . . . A must read!”
—Jay Kopelman, author of the best-selling From Baghdad with Love

“Axelrod is one of America's great military historians. He's done it this time with riveting non-stop action that reads like the best of Hemingway's frontline reports plus the Marine Corps novels of W.E.B. Griffin. Axelrod pushes you right into the action, onto the battlefield, and never lets up.”
—Paul B. Farrell, JD, PhD, syndicated columnist for Dow Jones's MarketWatch, former Staff Sergeant in the US Marine Corps

Praise for Patton: A Biography
“Like Patton at his best: polished, precise, and persuasive.”
Kirkus Reviews

About Axelrod, Alan

Alan Axelrod is the author of many history and military history books, including Eisenhower on Leadership (Jossey-Bass, 2006), Patton: A Biography, edited by General Wesley Clark (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), A Political History of America's Wars (CQ Press, 2006), Encyclopedia of the United States Armed Forces (Facts on File, 2005) America's Wars (John Wiley, 2002), Congressional Quarterly's American Treaties and Alliances (CQ Press, 2000), and Patton on Leadership: Strategic Lessons for Corporate Warfare (Prentice-Hall Press, 1999).

He has served as consultant to Siemens AG (Munich, Germany), Earl Swensson and Associates Architects (Nashville), Richard E. Steele, Jr. and Associates (Atlanta), and Saint Joseph¿s Hospital (Atlanta, Georgia), as well as numerous museums and cultural institutions, including The Henry Ford (Dearborn, Michigan), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City), the Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum (Rochester, New York), the Airman Memorial Museum (Suitland, Maryland), and the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum (Winterthur, Delaware). A sought-after speaker, he has been featured at the Conference on Excellence in Government (Washington, D.C.), the Leadership Institute of Columbia College (Columbia, South Carolina), the Annual Conference of the Goizueta School of Business, Emory University (Atlanta), and elsewhere. Axelrod has been a creative consultant (and on-camera personality) for The Wild West television documentary series (Warner Bros., 1993), Civil War Journal (A&E Network, 1994), and The Discovery Channel, and has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, CNNfn, CNBC, and the major broadcast networks as well as many radio news and talk programs, including National Public Radio. He and his work have been featured in such magazines as BusinessWeek, Fortune,TV Guide, Men¿s Health, Cosmopolitan, Inc., and Atlanta Business Chronicle.

After receiving his Ph.D. in English (specializing in early American literature and culture) from the University of Iowa in 1979, Axelrod taught early American literature and culture at Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, Illinois) and at Furman University (Greenville, South Carolina). He then entered scholarly publishing in 1982 as associate editor and scholar with the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum (Winterthur, Delaware), an institution specializing in the history and material culture of America prior to 1832. He was a publishing executive in New York City from 1984 to 1991 and a partner in creative services firm until 1994, when he become director of development for Turner Publishing, Inc. (Atlanta), a subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. In 1997, he founded The Ian Samuel Group, Inc., a creative services and book-packaging firm. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Anita, and son, Ian.