Throughout the World War II campaign in the Pacific, an ordinary seaman defied navy regulations by surreptitiously compiling a diary on scraps of paper. One of the most extraordinary personal documents to emerge from the war, James J. Fahey's diary presents a vivid picture of an average sailor's daily life -- from the first battle to the typhoons ...Read MoreThroughout the World War II campaign in the Pacific, an ordinary seaman defied navy regulations by surreptitiously compiling a diary on scraps of paper. One of the most extraordinary personal documents to emerge from the war, James J. Fahey's diary presents a vivid picture of an average sailor's daily life -- from the first battle to the typhoons and food shortages to the final desperate attacks by kamikaze pilots and Japanese suicide ships.Read Less
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Good. Zebra 1982 Rubbed creased cover with small chip on front cover, unmarked text, binding overextend pages 208-209. ReviewJames Fahey drives a truck for the sanitation department of Waltham, Massachusetts. This 20-year-old diary, which he kept during the years when he was Seaman First Class aboard the light cruiser Montpelier, is a rare authentic document indeed. It is the sort of thing historians would give anything to find within their chosen period, and for those who took part in the war against Japan, or who had relatives or friends who did, it will render valuable assistance in remembering or imagining how it actually was to be a common sailor involved in that struggle. As the publishers say, it is a "rough diamond" of a-unpolished, uncomplicated, uninspired. Mr. Fahey saw a great deal of action, in the Solomons, the Marianas, the Philippines, around Borneo and Okinawa; and his was the first to enter Japan after the surrender. But the bulk of his pages are given over to the routine, the boredom, the infrequent shoretime, and the souttlebutt-as they should be, to give a truthful reflection of any war witnessed through a porthole. He was a good sailor-dutifully and unquestioningly patriotic, undramatically courageous. Some readers may find him too good to believe; certainly there is nothing in any entry to offend any son's mother or any 's chaplain, and this fact alone might cause some speculation about how "representative" he really was. (Kirkus Reviews) Product DescriptionThis best-selling diary is one of the most extraordinary documents to emerge from World War II. Despite regulations, seaman James J. Fahey secretly compiled a diary on scraps of paper throughout the long World War II naval campaign in the Pacific. His diary describes an average sailor's daily life during wartime and records a personal view of a major historic event.
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