aEugene 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 Pacificathe terror, the camaraderie, the banal and the extraordinaryainto terms we mortals can grasp.aaTom 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. Sledgeas 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 waras famous 1st Marine Divisiona3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. Even after intense training, he was shocked to be thrown into the battle of Peleliu, where athe world was a nightmare of flashes, explosions, and snapping bullets.a 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 killaand came to loveahis fellow man. aIn all the literature on the Second World War, there is not a more honest, realistic or moving memoir than Eugene Sledgeas. 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 generalsa safe accounts ofanot the agood waraabut the worst war ever.aaKen Burns From the Trade Paperback edition.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.
|Title||:||With the Old Breed|
|Publisher||:||Presidio Press - 2008-12-18|