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With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
With the Old Breed
At Peleliu and Okinawa
Paperback      ISBN: 0195067142
In his own book, Wartime, Paul Fussell called With the Old Breed "one of the finest memoirs to emerge from any war." John Keegan referred to it in The Second World War as "one of the most arresting documents in war literature." And Studs Terkel was so fascinated with the story he interviewed its author for his book, "The Good War." What has made E.B. Sledge's memoir of his experience fighting in the South Pacific during World War II so devastatingly powerful is its sheer honest simplicity and compassion. Now including a new introduction by Paul Fussell, With the Old Breed presents a stirring, personal account of the vitality and bravery of the Marines in the battles at Peleliu and Okinawa. Born in Mobile, Alabama in 1923 and raised on riding, hunting, fishing, and a respect for history and legendary heroes such as George Washington and Daniel Boone, Eugene Bondurant Sledge (later called "Sledgehammer" by his Marine Corps buddies) joined the Marines the year after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and from 1943 to 1946 endured the events recorded in this book. In those years, he passed, often painfully, from innocence to experience. Sledge enlisted out of patriotism, idealism, and youthful courage, but once he landed on the beach at Peleliu, it was purely a struggle for survival. Based on the notes he kept on slips of paper tucked secretly away in his New Testament, he simply and directly recalls those long months, mincing no words and sparing no pain. The reality of battle meant unbearable heat, deafening gunfire, unimaginable brutality and cruelty, the stench of death, and, above all, constant fear. Sledge still has nightmares about "the bloody, muddy month of May on Okinawa." But, as he also tellingly reveals, the bonds of friendship formed then will never be severed. Sledge's honesty and compassion for the other marines, even complete strangers, sets him apart as a memoirist of war. Read as sobering history or as high adventure, With the Old Breed is a moving chronicle of action and courage.
Iwo
Iwo
Paperback      ISBN: 1557509220
The story of one of the bloodiest battles in history, resulting in the raising of the American flag on Mt. Suribachi, is documented with a personal touch; the author himself was a member of that company. It is a searing and unique account of that battle, told from the perspective of both the gallant U.S. Marines who invaded the island and the brave Japanese soldiers who defended it.
Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War
Wartime
Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War
Hardcover      ISBN: 0195037979
An incisive, unsentimental account of the emotional and psychological atmosphere of World War II and the war's effect on the literary world
What They Fought for 1861-1865
What They Fought for 1861-1865
Paperback      ISBN: 0385476345
An analysis of the Civil War, drawing on letters and diaries by more than one thousand soldiers, gives voice to the personal reasons behind the war, offering insight into the ideology that shaped both sides. Reprint. PW.
In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War
In Pharaoh's Army
Memories of the Lost War
Paperback      ISBN: 0679760237
Continuing the memoir that began with This Boy's Life, the story of the author's adult years chronicles Wolfe's military career, from his stint with the elite Special Services to his experiences in Vietnam. Reprint. 35,000 first printing. Tour.
The Civil War: A Narrative : Fredericksburg to Meridian
The Civil War
A Narrative : Fredericksburg to Meridian
Paperback      ISBN: 039474621x
Follows the course of the war from 1862 to 1864, discusses the strategies of both sides in major battles, and assesses the performance of the Union generals
Men-Of-War: Life in Nelson's Navy
Men-Of-War
Life in Nelson's Navy
Hardcover      ISBN: 0393038580
Presents a description of daily life in Nelson's navy, including anecdotes about the battles and commanders that established Britain's naval supremacy
Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle
Guadalcanal
The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle
Paperback      ISBN: 0140165614
A history of the battle at Guadalcanal draws on first-time translations of official Japanese defense accounts and declassified U.S. radio intelligence to recreate this critical campaign. Reprint. 25,000 first printing. NYT.
Art of War
Art of War
by Sun-Tzu
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0877734526
An ancient Chinese treatise on war stresses the importance of speed, sound tactics, subterfuge, discipline, appropriate form of attack, and accurate intelligence
Shanghai Refuge: A Memoir of the World War II Jewish Ghetto
Shanghai Refuge
A Memoir of the World War II Jewish Ghetto
Paperback      ISBN: 0803272812
The unlikely refuge of Shanghai, the only city in the world that did not require a visa, was buffeted by the struggle between European imperialism, Japanese aggression, and Chinese nationalism. Ernest G. Heppner's compelling testimony is a brilliant account of this little-known haven. Although Heppner was a member of a privileged middle-class Jewish family, he suffered from the constant anti-Semitic undercurrent in his surroundings. The devastation of "Crystal Night" in November 1938, however, introduced a new level of Nazi horror and ended his comfortable world overnight. Heppner and his mother used the family's resources to escape to Shanghai. Heppner was taken aback by experiences on the ocean liner that transported the refugees to Shanghai: he was embarrassed and confounded when Egyptian Jews offered worn clothing to the Jewish passengers, he resented the edicts against Jewish passengers disembarking in any ports on the way, and he was unprepared for the poverty and cultural dislocation of the great city of Shanghai. Nevertheless, Heppner was self-reliant, energetic, and clever, and his story of finding niches for his skills that enabled him to survive in a precarious fashion is a tribute to human endurance. In 1945, after the liberation of China, Heppner found a responsible position with the American forces there. He and his wife, whom he had met and married in the ghetto, arrived in the United States in 1947 with only eleven dollars but boundless hope and energy. Heppner's account of the Shanghai ghetto is as vivid to him now as it was then. His admiration for his new country and his later success in business do not, however, obscure for him the shameful failure of the Allies to furnish a refuge for Jews before, during, and after the war.