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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Hellgate Press; 1 edition (Jan. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555716334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555716332
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #295,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

In 1983, Evan McGorman read a magazine article about the French Foreign Legion and was amazed to discover it still existed. For the next six years he was consumed by the romantic notion of running away to join. In 1989, after having served four years in the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, he went to France where he signed on for a five-year stint with the Legion. This is his first book. He currently resides in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Dudrich on April 20 2003
Format: Hardcover
There isn't too much information out there for someone who is interested in joining the French Foreign Legion. This, however, is the perfect book for anyone interested in knowing what a man has to go through to become a member of the French Foreign Legion. The author goes through every detail from the time before he enlisted to his deployment to his dischage five years later. It doesn't go through the history of the Legion, but that's fine. That's not the purpose of the book. I recommend this book especially to those considering joining the Legion. I considered joining prior to reading this, and the book definitly helped me decide not to. Again, this is the perfect book if you wonder what life is like as a legionnaire in the mysterious French Foreign Legion. I highly recommend it.
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By Sam Damon on Jan. 29 2001
Format: Hardcover
The thought of joining the Legion has been at the back of my mind since I was in high school. I have read every book and magazine article about it I could get my hands on. Evan McGorman's account is by far the most interesting and candid that I have found. It is mainly an account of his five years service in the Legion's parachute regiment, but he has thrown in much useful information for someone who is genuinely considering enlisting. Items such as where to join, what happens to you during the selection process, and the physical requirements demanded of a Legionnaire will all be of interest to the prospective recruit.
The main thing I got out of this immensely readable book, however, was how much like any other Western army the modern Legion is. Work details, spartan living conditions and not a lot of training seem to be the lot of a Legionnaire today. This book dispelled much of the romance I had for the Legion and managed to do what countless other works had failed: end my fantasies of absconding for a life in the Legion.
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By S. Choi on Oct. 5 2002
Format: Hardcover
After McGorman's book about the French Legion, I can honestly say now that I will NEVER join the Legion. I cannot stand that thought of spending so many hours in a day doing mindless 'corvee' or being at the mercy of some heartless caporal. I sometimes fantasized about joining, but not anymore!!
I am currently serving in the U.S Army and am stationed in Korea. Field life in Korea is difficult enough, with its terribly hot weather and its aggresive mosquitos. But I cannot imagine the pain of a raid march, where you march on through mountains for 90+ miles. Forget that!! If anyone even has the most remote sense of what marching with a 60lb ruck for miles on end is like, it is the most bone crunching experience ever. There is nothing glamorous about it.
After I finish my stint, I will leave the Army (it is still an honor and privelege to serve). But as for the Legion? Ha!
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Format: Hardcover
Mr McGorman has a fluent style which kept me reading from cover to cover in one night. His descriptions of the life and challenges of a Legionnaere are detailled . He starts of with the first long and boring days in the Legion and continues through training and his tours till his last days there with great tips of 'do not's' and 'do's'. He takes care of a few mysteries surrounding this elite force and sets a few heads straight. Nevertheless this book can be counted as advertisement for the Legion , and after reading it I was left wanting more. ( my whife disallowed me to join, though...!) I recommend this book highly to everyone thinking about joining the Legion, just beeing curious about this famous part of the french army or interested in one of the last adventures for men only!
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Format: Hardcover
This is the best book I have read on the Legion, it was non stop intresting from beginning to end. This has everything you could possible want to know about the Legion, even information on deserting if you ever feel the need. This is a well written book that proved to be of some really good help, and something I do not regret buying. I recommend this book to people who have a passion for the military and for potential enlistees like me. Although I don't recommend that you join the Legion, anyone who wants to take a big risk, this is one adventure you shouldn't pass up.
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By A Customer on July 26 2002
Format: Hardcover
I would like to congratulate Mr McGorman for writing such an amazing book about the Foreign Legion. Since I am thinking about joining the Legion somewhere down the line , I tried to gather as much information as possible. So far I have never read a book which was so moving and truthful coming from an ex legionnare before. I emailed him and thanked him for telling the Legion for what it really is. He was kind enough to reply and answer few of my questions. I would recommend this book to anyone who is even slightly considering to join the Legion.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By One of Marius' Mules on Jan. 10 2004
Format: Paperback
I bought and read McGorman's book not because I had any desire to enlist the Foreign Legion, but because I wanted to see how his enlistment compared to my own five-year hitch in the Marine Corps. I must say there are very few major differences. Naturally, we (the Marines) didn't have to learn to speak French but the mindset of the two institutions is not noticeably different. I agree with his advice too, don't do it (enlist) unless you're ready to put up with a lot of peacetime garrison nonsense (the proverbial "chicken$&#t" that Paul Fussell so aptly described). Amazingly, the Legion is far more selective than the Marine Corps about who is allowed into recruit training and then there's the added benefit of not having to deal with burden of female troops. I was also very pleasantly surprised to find that McGorman is a talented writer (the editors did a fine job too). If there were any typos or mistakes anywhere in this book, I didn't see them. Books about the Foreign Legion are usually more concerned with wowing action adventure readers with all the "zap-blat-gott-in-himmel-bayonet-in-the-guts" nonsense they crave. Thankfully, that's not the case here. McGorman is definitely not concerned with telling war stories. What the reader will find is a detailed account of what it's like to serve the Legion (circa late 1990's) and what will be required and expected of aspirants once they embark on an enlistment. All in all, I don't think a finer book about the Legion has ever been written.
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