Evan McGorman is the author of Life in the French Foreign Legion ( avg rating, ratings, 13 reviews, published ). Life in the French Foreign Legion: How to Join and What to Expect When You Get There. Evan McGorman. from: $ Top of Page. My Account ยท Billing. Evan McGorman. In , Evan McGorman read a magazine article about the French Foreign Legion and was amazed to discover it still existed. For the next six.

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InEvan 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.

Inafter 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. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? 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. Read more Read less. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Buy the selected items together This item: Life in the French Foreign Legion: Ships from and sold by Amazon.

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Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. A very detailed book that debunks most of the romanticism of the FFL by someone who admits to originally having been taken in by the msytique of the FFL. The author details all of the steps of becoming a legionaire, the monotony of “corvee” or cleaning duty. Of the many hours spent just cleaning for cleaning sake the author has very defined views.


To the point where he describes strategies used to desert the Legion and make it back to your home country without a passport. He talks of his internal struggles and how he successfully completed his contract and how he was impressed that on the very last day that the commandant came out to meet each member for the last time and to offer them a final chance to stay.

Having been in the service for 28yrs myself not the FFLI can say that alot of his book rings true to any military force, especially as it relates to drill, followed by drill and more drill, with an evening of drill.

Some of it probably is a bit over the top, but not enough to question the main thesis which is, joining the FFL is mcborman to be taken lightly, Beau Geste is a novel and pulp at that and not the modern or even old Legion.

If anyone is thinking of the Legion they should really read this book and strongly consider their motives and what it will take of you to complete your commitment. Yeah, it still exists, and McGorman brings it all in this interesting and well organized book.

Running and cleaning corvee seem to be the two big habits the officers immediately instill in new recruits as soon as they get within sniffing distance of the base. If one cannot jog for miles on end then one should refrain from even daydreaming about a gig with the French Foreign Legion.

Yes, it still does indeed offer protection for certain lamsters too. Thus, some of the wild rumors and gossip stories about the FFL are not necessarily untrue, however the action and adventure many new recruits expect are often in short supply. Though McGorman does provide a few very fascinating reflections about his deployments to Africa and Sarajevo.

One definite truism beyond everything else: New recruits pine for the action and adventure but find desertion an appealing option when day after day a mop and broom are consistently thrust into their hands. When one first enlists the only personal items the FFL allows them to keep are just a few things: From the forced eating of raw sardines McGorman explains the how and why to the ease of saving money during an enlistment period, the FFL means business.

As a youngster, or even as an adult, did you ever fantasize about leaving it all behind by running away with a cloth sack tied to the end of a stick to join the French Foreign Legion, be posted to an isolated fortress outpost in the Saharan desert, and fight Arab hordes alongside Beau Geste Gary Cooper?


As a Canadian teenager, McGorman became entranced with the legendary image of the Legion. Based on his experiences, this book is his good-faith attempt to strip away the romance surrounding the contemporary Legion and give a true picture of service within its mcyorman to anybody contemplating joining.

McGorman begins his narrative where it logically should, i. He covers just about everything you need to know: Once graduated from basic training, Evan is assigned to the Legion’s single parachute regiment. Subsequently, his narrative includes everything you’d need to know about regimental life: Much of the book is dedicated to his experiences in those places. Finally, Evan ends his narrative where it logically should, i.

What Evwn provides is exactly that, a comprehensive overview done in an informal, lucid, and informative style much like you’d get in a conversation over several beers. While the author lays claim to no regrets about his years with the Legion, he’s soberingly honest about why he wouldn’t necessarily recommend it: But, he also says it was the experience of a lifetime.

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If you’ve never been fascinated by the concept, mystery, and history of the French Foreign Legion and are content with the daily grind of the same old rut, then this book is not for you – 0 stars. But, if Beau Geste beckons from the other side of the citadel wall, then it’s worth wvan one of five stars simply as a primer for the experience.

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