Helmet For My Pillow Illustrated Edition

Helmet For My Pillow  Illustrated Edition
Author: Robert Leckie
Publsiher: Pickle Partners Publishing
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2015-11-06
ISBN 10: 1786252031
ISBN 13: 9781786252036
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Helmet For My Pillow Illustrated Edition Book Review:

Includes over 220 photos, maps and plans following Robert “Lucky” Leckie’s Pacific War with the 1st Marine Division “Here is one of the most riveting first-person accounts ever to come out of World War II. Robert Leckie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In Helmet for My Pillow we follow his odyssey, from basic training on Parris Island, South Carolina, all the way to the raging battles in the Pacific, where some of the war’s fiercest fighting took place. Recounting his service with the 1st Marine Division and the brutal action on Guadalcanal, New Britain, and Peleliu, Leckie spares no detail of the horrors and sacrifices of war, painting an unvarnished portrait of how real warriors are made, fight, and often die in the defense of their country. From the live-for-today rowdiness of marines on leave to the terrors of jungle warfare against an enemy determined to fight to the last man, Leckie describes what war is really like when victory can only be measured inch by bloody inch. Woven throughout are Leckie’s hard-won, eloquent, and thoroughly unsentimental meditations on the meaning of war and why we fight. Unparalleled in its immediacy and accuracy, Helmet for My Pillow will leave no reader untouched. This is a book that brings you as close to the mud, the blood, and the experience of war as it is safe to come.”-Print Ed.

Helmet for My Pillow

Helmet for My Pillow
Author: Robert Leckie
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 305
Release: 2011
ISBN 10: 0091937515
ISBN 13: 9780091937515
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Helmet for My Pillow Book Review:

The inspiration behind the HBO series THE PACIFIC Here is one of the most riveting first-person accounts to ever come out of World War 2. Robert Leckie was 21 when he enlisted in the US Marine Corps in January 1942. In Helmet for My Pillow we follow his journey, from boot camp on Parris Island, South Carolina, all the way to the raging battles in the Pacific, where some of the war's fiercest fighting took place. Recounting his service with the 1st Marine Division and the brutal action on Guadalcanal, New Britain and Peleliu, Leckie spares no detail of the horrors and sacrifice of war, painting an unsentimental portrait of how real warriors are made, fight, and all too often die in the defence of their country. From the live-for-today rowdiness of Marines on leave to the terrors of jungle warfare against an enemy determined to fight to the last man, Leckie describes what it's really like when victory can only be measured inch by bloody inch. Unparalleled in its immediacy and accuracy, Helmet for My Pillow tells the gripping true story of an ordinary soldier fighting in extraordinary conditions. This is a book that brings you as close to the mud, the blood, and the experience of war as it is safe to come. 'Helmet for My Pillow is a grand and epic prose poem. Robert Leckie's theme is the purely human experience of war in the Pacific, written in the graceful imagery of a human being who - somehow - survived' Tom Hanks

Strong Men Armed

Strong Men Armed
Author: Robert Leckie
Publsiher: Da Capo Press
Total Pages: 600
Release: 2010-02-09
ISBN 10: 0306818922
ISBN 13: 9780306818929
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Strong Men Armed Book Review:

This powerful memoir written by a decorated World War II veteran retells the tumultuous stories of personal struggles and the impact of a chaotic world, told "with that truth recognizable to every combat man " (NYT Book Review). Written by Robert Leckie, whose wartime exploits are featured in the Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg HBO miniseries The Pacific, Strong Men Armed is the perennial bestselling classic account of the U.S. Marines' relentless drive through the Pacific during World War II. As scout and machine-gunner for the First Marine Division, Leckie fought in all its engagements until his wounding at Peleliu. In Strong Men Armed, Leckie uses firsthand experience and impeccable research to re-create the nightmarish battles of the Pacific campaign--from Guadalcanal to Okinawa--as ships, men, and guns moved over vast distances to fight an enemy willing to defend to its last man. Here is the whole sweeping epic of the Marines who battled--and won--on the bloody beaches at Guadalcanal, the unforgiving reefs at Tarawa, the rain-soaked mud of New Britain, the dark gray soil and deadly caves of Mount Suribachi, and the muddy slopes of Shuri Castle on Okinawa. It is a masterful narrative by a writer the New York Times praised as possessing the "rare gift of capturing all that is human in the most inhuman of man's activities." "Raw, heartbreaking, and superb."--Christian Science Monitor

Islands of the Damned

Islands of the Damned
Author: R.V. Burgin,Bill Marvel
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2010-03-02
ISBN 10: 1101196688
ISBN 13: 9781101196687
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Islands of the Damned Book Review:

A remarkable eyewitness account of the most brutal combat of the Pacific War, from Peleliu to Okinawa, this is the true story of R.V. Burgin, the real-life World War II Marine Corps hero featured in HBO®'s The Pacific. “Read his story and marvel at the man...and those like him.”—Tom Hanks When a young Texan named R.V. Burgin joined the Marines 1942, he never imagined what was waiting for him a world away in the Pacific. There, amid steamy jungles, he encountered a ferocious and desperate enemy in the Japanese, engaging them in some of the most grueling and deadly fights of the war. In this remarkable memoir, Burgin reveals his life as a special breed of Marine. Schooled by veterans who had endured the cauldron of Guadalcanal, Burgin’s company soon confronted snipers, repulsed jungle ambushes, encountered abandoned corpses of hara-kiri victims, and warded off howling banzai attacks as they island-hopped from one bloody battle to the next. In his two years at war, Burgin rose from a green private to a seasoned sergeant, fighting from New Britain through Peleliu and on to Okinawa, where he earned a Bronze Star for valor. With unforgettable drama and an understated elegance, Burgin’s gripping narrative stands alongside those of classic Pacific chroniclers like Robert Leckie and Eugene Sledge—indeed, Burgin was even Sledge’s platoon sergeant. Here is a deeply moving account of World War II, bringing to life the hell that was the Pacific War.

Okinawa

Okinawa
Author: Robert Leckie
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 224
Release: 1996-07-01
ISBN 10: 1101196297
ISBN 13: 9781101196298
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Okinawa Book Review:

Penguin delivers you to the front lines of The Pacific Theater with the real-life stories behind the HBO miniseries. Former Marine and Pacific War veteran Robert Leckie tells the story of the invasion of Okinawa, the closing battle of World War II. Leckie is a skilled military historian, mixing battle strategy and analysis with portraits of the men who fought on both sides to give the reader a complete account of the invasion. Lasting 83 days and surpassing D-Day in both troops and material used, the Battle of Okinawa was a decisive victory for the Allies, and a huge blow to Japan. In this stirring and readable account, Leckie provides a complete picture of the battle and its context in the larger war.

China Marine

China Marine
Author: E. B. Sledge
Publsiher: University of Alabama Press
Total Pages: 167
Release: 2002-05-10
ISBN 10: 0817311610
ISBN 13: 9780817311612
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

China Marine Book Review:

Eugene Sledge chronicles the experiences he had while serving as a young marine in the First Division during the battle of the Pacific.

George Washington s War

George Washington s War
Author: Robert Leckie
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 688
Release: 2010-08-24
ISBN 10: 9780062015365
ISBN 13: 0062015362
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

George Washington s War Book Review:

An exciting trip back in time to the American Revolution, "a reminder of what history can be when written by a master."--Publishers Weekly

You ll Be Sor ree

You ll Be Sor ree
Author: Sid Phillips
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2012-04-03
ISBN 10: 1101561645
ISBN 13: 9781101561645
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

You ll Be Sor ree Book Review:

Sid Phillips, a World War II Marine Corps hero featured in HBO®'s The Pacific, offers up an invaluable firsthand account of the war against Japan. A mortarman with H-2-1 of the legendary 1st Marine Division, Sid was only seventeen years old when he entered combat with the Japanese. Some two years later, when he returned home, the island fighting on Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester had turned Sid into an "Old Timer" by Marine standards, and more: he left as a boy, but came home a man. These are his memoirs, the humble and candid tales that Sid collected during a Pacific odyssey spanning half the globe, from the grueling boot camp at Parris Island, to the coconut groves of Guadalcanal, to the romantic respite of Australia. Sid recalls his encounters with icons like Chesty Puller, General Vandergrift, Eleanor Roosevelt, and his boyhood friend, Eugene Sledge. He remembers the rain of steel from Japanese bombers and battleships, the brutality of the tropical elements, and the haunting notion of being expendable. This is the story of how Sid stood shoulder to shoulder with his Marine brothers to discover the inner strength and deep faith necessary to survive the dark, early days, of World War II in the Pacific.

I m Staying with My Boys

I m Staying with My Boys
Author: Jim Proser,Jerry Cutter
Publsiher: St. Martin's Griffin
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2010-02-02
ISBN 10: 1429996595
ISBN 13: 9781429996594
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

I m Staying with My Boys Book Review:

I'm Staying with My Boys is a firsthand look inside the life of one of the greatest heroes of the Greatest Generation. Sgt. John Basilone held off 3,000 Japanese troops at Guadalcanal after his 15-member unit was reduced to three men. At Iwo Jima he single-handedly destroyed an enemy blockhouse, allowing his unit to capture an airfield. Minutes later he was killed by an enemy artillery round. He was the only Marine in World War II to have received the Medal of Honor, the Navy Cross, and a Purple Heart and is arguably the most famous Marine of all time. I'm Staying with My Boys is the only family-authorized biography of Basilone, and it features photographs never before published. Distinctive among military biographies, the story is told in first person, allowing readers to experience his transformation, forged in the horrors of battle, from aimless youth to war hero known as "Manila John".

Generation Kill

Generation Kill
Author: Evan Wright
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2005-02-01
ISBN 10: 1101207612
ISBN 13: 9781101207611
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Generation Kill Book Review:

Based on Evan Wright's National Magazine Award-winning story in Rolling Stone, this is the raw, firsthand account of the 2003 Iraq invasion that inspired the HBO® original mini-series. Within hours of 9/11, America’s war on terrorism fell to those like the twenty-three Marines of the First Recon Battalion, the first generation dispatched into open-ended combat since Vietnam. They were a new pop-culture breed of American warrior unrecognizable to their forebears—soldiers raised on hip hop, video games and The Real World. Cocky, brave, headstrong, wary and mostly unprepared for the physical, emotional and moral horrors ahead, the “First Suicide Battalion” would spearhead the blitzkrieg on Iraq, and fight against the hardest resistance Saddam had to offer. Hailed as “one of the best books to come out of the Iraq war”(Financial Times), Generation Kill is the funny, frightening, and profane firsthand account of these remarkable men, of the personal toll of victory, and of the randomness, brutality and camaraderie of a new American War.

With the Old Breed

With the Old Breed
Author: E.B. Sledge
Publsiher: Presidio Press
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2008-12-18
ISBN 10: 0307549585
ISBN 13: 9780307549587
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

With the Old Breed Book Review:

“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 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. 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

The Old Breed

The Old Breed
Author: George McMillan
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 483
Release: 1949
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: IND:30000054470798
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Old Breed Book Review:

History of the First Marine Division in World War II.

Lord what a Family

Lord  what a Family
Author: Robert Leckie
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 202
Release: 1958
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UIUC:30112097163395
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lord what a Family Book Review:

Shifty s War

Shifty s War
Author: Marcus Brotherton
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2011-05-03
ISBN 10: 1101514655
ISBN 13: 9781101514658
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shifty s War Book Review:

From D-Day to the Battle of the Bulge and more, here is the authorized biography of one of the most celebrated paratroopers of Easy Company, Sergeant Shifty Powers, the legendary sharpshooter from the Band of Brothers. As a boy, Darrell “Shifty” Powers’s goal was to become the best rifle shot he could be. His father trained him to listen to the woods, to “see” without his eyes. Little did Shifty know his finely-tuned skills would one day save his life—and the lives of his fellow paratroopers. As one of the original men who trained at Camp Toccoa, Georgia, Shifty was one out of only two soldiers in Easy Company to initially earn the coveted expert marksman designation. He parachuted into France on D-day and fought for a month in Normandy; eighty days in Holland; thirty-nine in the harshly cold winter of Bastogne; and for nearly thirty more near Haguenau, France, and the Ruhr pocket in Germany. Shifty’s War is a tale of heroism and adventure, of a soldier’s blood-filled days fighting his way fromthe shores of France to the heartland of Germany, and the epic story of how one man’s skills as a sharpshooter and engagingly unassuming personality propelled him to a life greater than he could have ever imagined.

Levels of the Game

Levels of the Game
Author: John McPhee
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2011-04-01
ISBN 10: 0374708657
ISBN 13: 9780374708658
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Levels of the Game Book Review:

This account of a tennis match played by Arthur Ashe against Clark Graebner at Forest Hills in 1968 begins with the ball rising into the air for the initial serve and ends with the final point. McPhee provides a brilliant, stroke-by-stroke description while examining the backgrounds and attitudes which have molded the players' games.

Red Blood Black Sand

Red Blood  Black Sand
Author: Chuck Tatum
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2012-05-01
ISBN 10: 1101585064
ISBN 13: 9781101585061
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Red Blood Black Sand Book Review:

A story of heroism, friendship, and courage in World War 2—as seen in the award-winning HBO miniseries The Pacific. In 1944, the U.S. Marines were building the 5th Marine Division—also known as “The Spearhead”—in preparation for the invasion of the small, Japanese-held island of Iwo Jima... When Chuck Tatum began Marine boot camp, he was just a smart-aleck teenager eager to serve his country. Little did he know that he would be training under a living legend of the Corps—Medal of Honor recipient John Basilone, who had almost single-handedly fought off a Japanese force of three thousand on Guadalcanal. It was from Basilone and other sergeants that Tatum would learn how to fight like a Marine and act like a man—skills he would need when he hit the black sand of Iwo Jima with thirty thousand other Marines. Red Blood, Black Sand is the story of Chuck’s two weeks in hell, where he would watch his hero, Basilone, fall, where the enemy stalked the night, where snipers haunted the day, and where Chuck would see his friends whittled away in an eardrum-shattering, earth-shaking, meat grinder of a battle. This is the island, the heroes, and the tragedy of Iwo Jima—through the eyes of one who survived it.

Noble Warrior

Noble Warrior
Author: James Livingston,Colin Heaton,Anne-Marie Lewis
Publsiher: Zenith Press
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2010-11-10
ISBN 10: 1616739908
ISBN 13: 9781616739904
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Noble Warrior Book Review:

New addition to the "Commandant of the Marine Reading List, 2011" Major General James E. Livingston received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his role as an infantry company commander at Dai Do, Vietnam, during a three-day grinding battle of attrition in which the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, numbering only 800 men, victoriously battled 10,000 or more NVA. His remarkable life and career is recounted in a book that has it all: exciting first-person eyewitness account of historic battle; the history of the development of tactics and strategies used in today’s war on terror; and a compelling story of leadership in action and individual courage in combat.

Redemption at Hacksaw Ridge

Redemption at Hacksaw Ridge
Author: Booton Herndon
Publsiher: Remnant Publications
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2016-11-07
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13:
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Redemption at Hacksaw Ridge Book Review:

Honoring Sergeant Carter

Honoring Sergeant Carter
Author: Allene Carter,Robert L. Allen
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2009-10-13
ISBN 10: 9780061746925
ISBN 13: 0061746924
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Honoring Sergeant Carter Book Review:

Allene Carter's father-in-law was a decorated veteran. Yet it was not until the Carter family received a call from the White House that she discovered he was a heroic force in the Rhineland campaign. President Clinton awarded the Medal of Honor to several black soldiers who served in World War II. Sergeant Edward A. Carter Jr. was among the recipients. Shocked to learn the extent of Carter's service, Allene was determined to uncover both the truth about her father-in-law's wartime record and why his official recognition was so long in coming. Here is the story not only of Sergeant Carter but also of his family's fight to restore his honor. Theirs is a journey that takes them from local veterans organizations to the office of the president and front pages of the national media. An important piece of American history, Honoring Sergeant Carter is an enduring story of determination and family love.

Ten Days in the Hills

Ten Days in the Hills
Author: Jane Smiley
Publsiher: Faber & Faber
Total Pages: 356
Release: 2014-07-17
ISBN 10: 0571268471
ISBN 13: 9780571268474
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ten Days in the Hills Book Review:

It is the morning after the Academy Awards. Max, an award-winning writer and his lover, Elena, are hosts to a house full of guests including their daughter, a movie star, a healer and an agent. Over the course of the next ten life-changing days, they share stories of Hollywood, watch movies and become entangled by the pool. Sparks fly and tension mounts as this unputdownable tale of love, war, sex, politics, friendship and betrayal moves towards its redemptive end.