- Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
- Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 31-03-10
- Language: English
- Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Sidney C. Philips, an easygoing Alabama teenager, enlisted along with a friend. 'Manila John' Basilone was the son of immigrants who found happiness in the rough-and-ready life of a marine. Eugene B. Sledge watched his best friend and his brother go off to war - and finally rebelled against his parents to follow them. 'Shifty' Shofner was the scion of a prominent family with a long record of military service. Ensign Vernon 'Mike' Micheel left the family farm to complete flight school.
Between America's retreat from China in late 1941 and the moment that MacArthur's plane landed in Japan in August 1945, these five men fought many of the key battles of the war in the Pacific. Here, Hugh Ambrose focuses on their real-life experiences and those of their fellow servicemen, enhancing and expanding upon the story told in the HBO miniseries.
Covering nearly four years of combat with unprecedented access to military records, letters, journals, memoirs, and interviews, this volume offers a unique historical perspective on the war against Japan, from the debacle in Bataan to the miracle of Midway, the relentless vortex of Guadalcanal, the black terraces of Iwo Jima and the killing fileds of Okinawa - and ultimately the triumphant yet uneasy return home.
These are the true stories of the men who put their lives on the line for their country, who were dispatched to the other side of the world to fight an enemy who preferred suicide to surrender; men who suffered hardship and humiliation in POW camps; men who witnessed casualties among soldiers and civilians alike; and men whose medals came at a shocking price - a price paid in full by all.
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By Mark on 31-05-10
Making sense of history in the Pacific
Quite approachable for a listener - new to audio history. I have not seen the TV saga of this but the written work was very useful. The reader was fine -easy to listen to and my only real criticism is that occasionally you could feel the word processor at work - the cut and paste - that does not mesh with the rest of the narrative. But it was worth listening to. So - yes - we could use more work in this genre. Please - could we find out what life was like for the Japanese or the Germans, the Baltic States, the Russians, Norwegians etc. during the same period?
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