The Phony Marine: A Novel (Lehrer)

by Jim Lehrer

Short book, thus a short review. This is a finely crafted story told by an extremely competent talespinner. Hugo Marder, a men’s clothing salesman, has always wanted to be a Marine. When he buys a Silver Star on eBay and wears it, suddenly people start treating him like someone who matters. He plunges himself into Marine Corps lore in an attempt to match the background of a real Marine, and he faces some circumstances that help define who he really is. Lehrer takes a fresh look at what it means to be a hero and how our culture treats its heroes. It’s a quick, but fun, read that leaves you with some substance once you’re done. Semper fi.

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