Martin Russ

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Martin Faxon Russ (February 14, 1931, in Newark, New Jersey – December 6, 2010 in Oakville, California) was an American military author, Marine, and associate professor at Carnegie-Mellon University.[1] His first book, The Last Parallel, a New York Times bestseller and a Book of the Month Club selection, was based (with changed names) on his service in the First Battalion of the First Regiment of the First Marine Division during the Korean War.[2] J. D. Salinger called it “a very legitimate, sinewy, authentic war book”;[3] it was later optioned, but not produced, by director Stanley Kubrick.[4] Most of his later work was based on interviews with combat veterans.[5]



  • Half Moon Haven (1959)
  • War Memorial (1967)


  • Happy Hunting Ground (1968)
  • Line of Departure: Tarawa. Doubleday (1975). ISBN 978-0385096690
  • Breakout: The Chosin Reservoir Campaign, Korea 1950. Penguin Books (2000). ISBN 978-0140292596


  • The Last Parallel (1957)
  • Showdown Semester: Advice from a Writing Professor (1988)


  1. ^ "Writer and Marine Martin Russ, 1931-2010". December 10, 2010. Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  2. ^ Able Company, First Battalion, First Regiment, First Marine Division, The Last Parallel, p. 54.
  3. ^ Fromm International edition, 1999, rear cover
  4. ^ Mark Ervin; et al. "The Kubrick FAQ". Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  5. ^ Dennis Hevesi (December 9, 2010). "Martin Russ, a Marine Who Wrote About Combat, Dies at 79". The New York Times.