In this intensely powerful memoir, America's pre-eminent biographer-historian, who has written so brilliantly about World War II in his acclaimed lives of General Douglas MacArthur (
American Caesar) and Winston Churchill (
The Last Lion), looks back at his own early life.
This memoir offers an unrivaled firsthand account of World War II in the Pacific - what it looked like, sounded like, smelled like, and most of all, what it felt like to one who underwent all but the ultimate of its experiences.
"It belongs with the best war memoirs ever written." (
Los Angeles Times) "A strong and honest account....Manchester's combat writing...stands comparison with the best." (
New York Times Book Review) "When Manchester speaks of the awesome heroism and hideous suffering of the Marines he lived with and fought with, he is reverent before the mystery of individual courage and gallantry." (
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Honest, humane and intelligent personal history