After viewing HBO'S, "The Pacific," I decided to read the four books it was based on.
This is E. Sledge's story of his experience in the Pacific theater. It states that he wrote this for his family and never intended it to be published, so I expect that it is true to his memory and not embellished.
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.
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