I know that R. Lee Ermey - the Gunny - is one of the more popular celebrities at the NRA Annual Meeting. He usually can be found signing autographs at the Glock booth and there is always a long line to get autograph.
He has recently written a book on how what he learned in the Marine Corps helped him succeed in Hollywood. The book is entitled, "Gunny’s Rules: How to Get Squared Away like a Marine". I have posted the publisher's release on the book. As soon as I have finished reading it, I will post a review.
From Regnery Publishing:
WASHINGTON, D.C.—“If you’re reading this book, you probably know me well enough to know that I don’t mince words, gild lilies, or play politically correct games,” says R. Lee Ermey, a.k.a. “The Gunny,” iconic star of Full Metal Jacket, TV host of Mail Call and Lock N’ Load, and former Marine Corps Drill Instructor. “If you want it straight, damn straight, you’ll get it here.” Too many Americans are overweight, under motivated, and expecting their dream lives to fall right into their laps.
In Gunny’s Rules: How to Get Squared Away like a Marine (Regnery Publishing; Hardcover; November 11, 2013; $27.95), Ermey holds nothing back, revealing how he got his life “squared away” and how readers can do the same if they are willing to get off the couch and follow instructions. From lessons learned in his beloved Marine Corps to his film career and the making of Full Metal Jacket, Ermey will surprise even his most loyal fans with stories and insights from his journey as The Gunny.
Ermey’s fiery exhortations are a kick in the backside for folks to whip their lives, careers, families, and bodies into shape.
In Gunny’s Rules you will learn:
- The inside story of how The Gunny grew up in the school of hard knocks and how the Marine Corps made him a man and prepared him for success in civilian life.
- How The Gunny talked his way into the movie business—and into a starring role in Full Metal Jacket.
- Why having a job and a paycheck should be goal number one in life and dependence on unemployment checks and food stamps is like quicksand.
- How The Gunny keeps fit in a time when too many people are overweight—and why impressions are against those who are.
- Leaders earn their stripes—nobody is born a leader. Leaders evolve by gaining responsibility a little at a time, learning, and striving to get better.
- “Major malfunctions” happen, and life isn’t a cakewalk. When things go against you, learn from the experience, tighten up the ship, and move on.