Based on notes he kept on slips of paper tucked secretly away in his Bible, Eugene Sledge has written a devastingly powerful memoir of his experience fighting in the South Pacific during WWII. John Keegan describes this stirring account of the vitality and bravery of the Marines as "one of the most arresting doceuments in war literature".Based on notes he kept on slips of paper tucked secretly away in his Bible, Eugene Sledge has written a devastingly powerful memoir of his experience fighting in the South Pacific during WWII. John Keegan describes this stirring account of the vitality and bravery of the Marines as "one of the most arresting doceuments in war literature".Read Less
Very Good. 8vo-over 7æ"-9æ" tall. Trade paperback. 326 pages. Bibliography, Index. Illustrated with photographs. Reprint. The classic World War II memoir of Eugene B. Sledge, 1st Marine division, 3rd battalion, 5th Marines and his experiences at Peleliu and Okinawa. The HBO Tie-in edition. No previous ownership marks. No spine crease. A clean, square, unmarked copy. Very good.
Near Fine. Octavo. 352pp. In The Wall Street Journal, Victor Davis Hanson named 'With the Old Breed' one of the top five books on epic twentieth-century battles. Studs Terkel interviewed the author for his definitive oral history, 'The Good War. ' Now E. B. Sledge's acclaimed first-person account of fighting at Peleliu and Okinawa returns to thrill, edify, and inspire a new generation. An Alabama boy steeped in American history and enamored of such heroes as George Washington and Daniel Boone, Eugene B. Sledge became part of the war's famous 1st Marine Division 3d Battalion, 5th Marines. Even after intense training, he was shocked to be thrown into the battle of Peleliu, where the world was a nightmare of flashes, explosions, and snapping bullets. By the time Sledge hit the hell of Okinawa, he was a combat vet, still filled with fear but no longer with panic. Based on notes Sledge secretly kept in a copy of the New Testament, 'With the Old Breed' captures with utter simplicity and searing honesty the experience of a soldier in the fierce Pacific Theater. Here is what saved, threatened, and changed his life. Here, too, is the story of how he learned to hate and kill and came to love his fellow man. Tie-in edition with the HBO miniseries 'The Pacific. '
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Thousands of American lives were sacrificed and millions of lives were changed during WWII. The battles fought on Peleliu and Okinawa changed history. E.B. Sledge wrote about his experiences fighting these battles from the standpoint of an enlisted Marine. He brings forth the horrors and waste of war, even though necessary to preserve a way of life. If you ever thought war was glorious, this book will change your opinion. A "must read" for those who want a better understanding of what the "Greatest Generation" did for America.
Mar 31, 2011
this is an excellent book. if you are into wwII you will love this book. it gives a very detailed description of a marines life in the pacific
Jul 24, 2010
THE MOST DESCRIPTIVE account of on the ground combat in the Pacific Theater that I have ever read. I really don't know how survivors, like Sledge made it through and kept their sanity. They truly are "THE GREATEST GENERATION".
Outstanding and informative read. Highly recommend it. 5 stars.
Jul 15, 2010
A good view from the ranks...Sledge writes his memoir as a member of the marines who actually did the fighting.
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