With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa

With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa

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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 Pacific--the terror, the camaraderie, the banal and the extraordinary--into terms we mortals can grasp."--Tom Hanks


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
Publisher: New York : Presidio Press, 2007.
Edition: Presidio Press trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780891419068
Characteristics: xxiv, 326 p. :,ill., maps ;,21 cm.


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Jan 04, 2017

Excellent first person account of fighting that took place in the Pacific by the marines. Easily the best description of some of the sights and especially the smells that the soldiers lived through day after day during battle. Recommended reading.

Aug 26, 2016

This is by far one of the best first person war books you will ever read. Sledge writes with a clarity that you don't find in many other memoirs. It's also one of the few books that I have read that really get down to the basic inhumanity of men at war. You always hear about atrocities committed by the other side, but never your own. People whom have gone to war know it is not a one-way street.

Besides enjoying this book just for the personal narrative, I would also recommend it to anyone who views war as all Hollywood.

Feb 25, 2016

luuuuuvv it!!!!!!!!1


Jan 02, 2016

I loved how Eugene writes in depth about his experience as a Marine during WW2 in the Pacific Theatre. He opens up about everything, such as how he bonded with his comrades, the harsh environment, the feeling of pride being a Marine and the horrors of the war.

We all knew that WW2 was bad, but this book took it to a whole new level. I felt like I was actually there, witnessing the battles. It's a very easy read, and I highly recommend it to everyone.

Jan 07, 2014

For a long time, I've wanted to read about the military from an ordinary soldier's point of view. Eugene Sledge clearly and succinctly recorded his time in the Marines in this book. Well worth it.

Mar 16, 2013

A classic war book from the Pacific war against the Japanese and Eugene Sledge did a fantastic job of describing the horrors of war during the United States island hopping campaign. Highly recommended!!

Jun 07, 2012

This is a great book. It is engrossing, engaging and informative. it is not a book for the faint of heart. The scenes are written very vividly. E. B. Sledge relates his experiences with clarity .passion. empathy and understanding. The book unfolds as a personal narrative, but movingly tells a larger story of humans perservering under inhuman condiions. Other comments list this book as a "must read" and I wholeheartedly agree. I was moved and informed; and the meaning of the book felt very true. "With the Old Breed" is a valuable place to learn about onew of the most important chapters in our history, WWII in the Pacific.

Feb 13, 2012

Excellent. Heart-breaking and real. It is a must-read memoir for anyone.

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