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Life in the French Foreign Legion: How to Join and What to Expect When You Get There [Paperback]

Evan McGorman
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Jan. 1 2010
Forget all your preconceptions about the French Foreign Legion. Many of the legends you grew up with no longer apply, so whatever you've heard probably does not reflect the reality of service today. Evan McGorman explains in detail how to apply to get into this elite corps, what to expect if accepted, and how to make the most of the experience.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Considering? Then buy this book. May 4 2006
Format:Paperback
This book is essential reading, whether you are considering joining the legion or are just interested in the inner workings of this organization. The section on Bosnia was eye opening. A very well written book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Pleasantly Surprised 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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5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! A MUST have. June 2 2004
Format:Paperback
The only thing I didnt like was the fact that there arenty any more books like this out there. Awesomely written, any book written in this style can keep the attention of the reader. The author puts off the feeling of someone you can relate too. There have been some minor changes in the recruiting process but nothing major. I personally be dropping by the recruiting center late August. This book provided info I needed for joining!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on subject Feb. 22 2004
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Format:Hardcover
Well written. A must read for anyone who is thinking of joining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative March 2 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I got this for my friend, a guy interested in reading about this elite group of men. He read it right away and couldn't put it down. Congratulations to the author, for a very informative view of life in the French Foreign Legion. My friend gave it 5 stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bets book on the Legion today Oct. 25 2002
Format:Paperback
I just got the book and i read it almost to fast. It is the best bok i have ever read about the legion, though it lack somthing about all the other regiments, but the auther has only been in the 2'nd REP.. A very good buy and a dang good book :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Its a great book! Oct. 6 2002
By S. Choi
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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