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With the Old Breed

release date: Dec 18, 2008
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With the Old Breed
“Eugene Sledge became more than a legend with his memoir, With The Old Breed. He became a chronicler, a historian, a storyteller who turns the extremes of the war in the Pacific—the terror, the camaraderie, the banal and the extraordinary—into terms we mortals can grasp.”—Tom Hanks NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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—3rd 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. “In all the literature on the Second World War, there is not a more honest, realistic or moving memoir than Eugene Sledge’s. This is the real deal, the real war: unvarnished, brutal, without a shred of sentimentality or false patriotism, a profound primer on what it actually was like to be in that war. It is a classic that will outlive all the armchair generals’ safe accounts of—not the ‘good war’—but the worst war ever.”—Ken Burns

China Marine

release date: May 10, 2002
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China Marine
Eugene Sledge chronicles the experiences he had while serving as a young marine in the First Division during the battle of the Pacific.

World War II Memoirs: the Pacific Theater (LOA #351)

release date: Nov 02, 2021
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World War II Memoirs: the Pacific Theater (LOA #351)
As we mark the passing of the Greatest Generation, a definitive edition of three classic memoirs that capture the courage, endurance, and humanity of Americans fighting in the Pacific in World War II For the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Library of America presents an authoritative collector's edition of three powerful and evocative memoirs of the fighting in the Pacific on land, sea, and air. E. B. Sledge's With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa bears unflinching witness to the horror, fear, and degradation of modern infantry combat. It's a haunting testament to Sledge's personal struggle to hold onto sanity and decency and a moving tribute to the esprit de corps of the U.S. Marines. Samuel Hynes's Flights of Passage vividly recounts the joy and danger of pilot training and the beauty, excitement, and fear Hynes experienced flying combat missions over the Pacific. Crossing the Line is Alvin Kernan's gripping account of wartime service on aircraft carriers as ordnance man and turret gunner. Kernan sailed into Pearl Harbor the day after the attack, participated in the launch of the Doolittle Raid and the battle of Midway, survived the sinking of the Hornet, and witnessed the last flight of fighter ace Butch O'Hare, namesake of the Chicago airport.


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