Inside Marine One: Four U.S. Presidents, One Proud Marine, and the World’s Most Amazing Helicopter is the story of a boy whose love for flight took him all the way to Commander of the fleet of helicopters serving the Presidents of the United States. Colonel Ray “Frenchy” L’ Heureux chronicles his life from his boyhood days of making model airplanes to his interaction with the most powerful people in the world. Because of lack of money for flight school, L’Heureux joined the Marines where he decided to make a career. His love for the military and his technical expertise took him all the way to the White House, twice as part of the crew, and then as Commander of Marine One. His personal glimpses into four Presidents were fascinating. There is nothing classified in the book, but it is a behind-the-scenes look at the training required to become Commander of Marine One, as well as the logistics necessary to transport Presidents and other V. I. P.s.
Inside Marine One was not in-depth analysis of the helicopter as much as episodic remembrances of one man’s life and career in the military. The most enjoyable part of the book was the description of L’Heureux’s time at the Presidential retreat at Camp David, and his personal encounters with the Presidents, from George H.W. Bush to President Obama. The warmest memories are of President George W. Bush with whom he was invited to go mountain biking. It was my favorite part of the book as Bush’s high regard and love for the military is evident. It would have been nice to hear about L’Huereux’s family. There is some language in the book, however, the book is well worth reading, and it made me realize how exceptional our military is and the lengths they go to protect the Commander and Chief. If you are interested in the military or personal anecdotes of the Presidents, you will like this book.
I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review