Noncommissioned officers stand as the backbone of the United States Marine Corps. The Corps is among the most lasting institutions in America, though few understand what makes it so strong and how that understanding can be applied effectively in today's world. In this insightful and thoroughly researched book, Julia Dye explores the cadre of noncommissioned officers that make up the Marine Corps' system of small-unit leadership. To help us better understand what makes these extraordinary men and women such effective leaders, Dye examines the fourteen leadership traits embraced by every NCO. These qualities-- including judgment, enthusiasm, determination, bearing, and unselfishness--are exemplified by men like Terry Anderson, the former Marine sergeant who spent nearly seven years as a hostage in Beirut, John Basilone, the hero of the Pacific, and many others. To assemble this extraordinary chronicle, Julia Dye interviewed Anderson and dozens of other Marines, mining a rich trove of historical and modern NCO heroes that comprise the Marine Corps' astonishing legacy, from its founding in 1775 to the present day.
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"Few people have the privilege of serving as a noncommissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, but anyone who is interested in leading the kind of purpose-driven and values-centered life that marks the best Marine NCOs can learn from this book. And anyone in the business of leading people--whether it's in business, the classroom, or the playing field--should study the men and women Dye writes about with such insight. These NCOs don't just teach young Marines; they have a great deal to teach anyone smart enough to read, listen, and learn."
--Ed Ruggero, author of The First Men In: US Paratroopers and the Fight to Save D-Day
"OUTSTANDING! A great capture of the Marine NCO. This should be required reading for all Devil Dogs. A big 'atta boy' goes to the author. Any businessman, or anyone in a leadership position, will benefit greatly by reading this book."
--GySgt R. Lee Ermey
"This remarkable book cracks the bone and examines the 'marrow' of leadership. One of the best books ever written about leadership, with powerful, riveting examples and direct application to the business world, or any other field of endeavor. Required reading for every Marine, for everyone who honors and studies our military, and for everyone who studies and strives in the field of leadership."
--LtCol Dave Grossman, USA (ret.), author of On Killing and On Combat
"Dr. Julia D. Dye has written an absolutely fascinating book on U.S. Marine Corps noncommissioned officers (NCOs)--the backbone of the Corps....I predict that Dr. Dye's book will be required reading for anyone who aspires to improve themselves or, more importantly, desires to wear the earned and respected chevrons of a Marine NCO."
--Dr. Charles P. Neimeyer, Director and Chief, USMC History
"Backbone is essential reading for everyone in a position of leadership--and all who aspire to lead--no matter their walk of life. Julia Dye nails it--and her exemplars are the finest leaders on the planet - people who know the meaning of 'Semper Fidelis.'"
--LtCol Oliver North, USMC (Ret.), Host of "War Stories" on FOX News Channel
"A primer for life and a classic about values. While certain to be studied in military circles, it actually deserves to be read by all college students."
--Bing West, best-selling author of The Village, The Strongest Tribe, and The Wrong War
Dr. Dye works as the Vice President and CFO of Warriors, Inc., the entertainment business’s premiere military advising company, and is responsible for Human Resources and Administration; Planning, Training, and Operations; and Logistics. She is also the Editor in Chief of Warriors Publishing Group. On occasion, as the project warrants, she also acts as a unit commander.
She began with Warriors on the film Starship Troopers, participating in Captain Dye's first co-ed extended boot camp in Hell's Half Acre, Wyoming, eventually commanding own platoon. Projects since then include Rough Riders, Terminator 2:3D, Star Trek: The Adventure, Wag the Dog, and the Medal of Honor series for Electronic Arts.
She is affiliated with the Los Angeles Fight Academy and the Society of American Fight Directors, and was Weapons Master on Alexander with Oliver Stone.
She served as Adjutant on the maxi-series The Pacific for HBO, and is currently directing a documentary about Marine Corps Combat Correspondents, and last September the graphic novel Code Word: Geronimo that she co-wrote with her husband, Captain Dale Dye, was released. Her book entitled Backbone: History, Traditions, and Leadership Lessons of Marine Corps NCOs was published by Osprey in November, 2011. See more at juliadye.com, warriorsinc.com, and warriorspublishinggroup.com.