With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa


With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa Author E. B. Sledge
ISBN-10 0891419063
ISBN-13 9780891419068
Year 2007-05-01
Pages 352
Language English
Publisher Presidio Press
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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 Pacificthe terror the camaraderie the banal and the extraordinaryinto terms we mortals can grasp Tom HanksNEW YORK TIMESBESTSELLERIn 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 Sledges 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 wars famous 1st Marine Division3rd 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 killand came to lovehis fellow man In all the literature on the Second World War there is not a more honest realistic or moving memoir than Eugene Sledges 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 ofnot the good warbut the worst war ever Ken Burns

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