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.