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Unsung Eagles: True Stories of America’s Citizen Airmen in the ...
by Jay A. Stout

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English

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288

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September 27, 2013

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >The nearly half-million American aircrewmen who served during World War II have almost disappeared. And so have their stories. <BR><BR>Award-winning writer and former fighter pilot Jay A. Stout uses Unsung Eagles to save an exciting collection of those accounts from oblivion. These are not rehashed tales from the hoary icons of the war. Rather, they are stories from the masses of largely unrecognized men who—in the aggregate—actually won it. They are the recollections of your Uncle Frank who shared them only after having enjoyed a beer or nine, and of your old girlfriend’s grandfather who passed away about the same time she dumped you. And of the craggy guy who ran the town’s salvage yard; a dusty, fly-specked B-24 model hung over the counter. These are “everyman” accounts that are important but fast disappearing.<BR><BR>Ray Crandall describes how he was nearly knocked into the Pacific by a heavy cruiser’s main battery during the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea. Jesse Barker—a displaced dive-bomber pilot—tells of dodging naval bombardments in the stinking mud of Guadalcanal. Bob Popeney relates how his friend and fellow A-20 pilot was blown out of formation by German antiaircraft fire: “I could see the inside of the airplane—and I could see Nordstrom's eyes. He looked confused…and then immediately he flipped up and went tumbling down.”<BR><BR>The combat careers of 22 different pilots from all the services are captured in this crisply written book which captivates the reader not only as an engaging oral history, but also puts personal context into the great air battles of World War II.<BR><BR>Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Jay Stout is a former Marine Corps fighter pilot who flew F-4 Phantoms and F/A-18 Hornets during a military career from 1981 to 2001. A graduate of Purdue University, he has also written FORTRESS PLOESTI, FIGHTER GROUP and THE MEN WHO KILLED THE LUFTWAFFE .</SPAN>
White Water Red Hot Lead: On Board U.S. Navy Swift Boats in Vietn...
by Dan Daly

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English

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360

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February 19, 2017

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >• Firsthand account of action on Swift Boats <BR><BR>• Written in an engaging, immediate style with touches humor<BR><BR>• Compelling account of human courage and friendship<BR><BR>During the Vietnam war 3500 officers and men served in the Swift Boat program in a fleet of 130 boats with no armor plating. The boats patrolled the coast and rivers of South Vietnam, with the average age of the crew being twenty-four. Their days consisted of deadly combat, intense lightning firefights, storms and many hidden dangers.<BR><BR>This action-packed story of combat written by Dan Daly, a Vietnam combat veteran who was the Officer in Charge of PCF 76 makes you part of the Swift Boat crew. The six man crew of PCF 76 were volunteers from all over the United States, eager to serve their country in a highly unique type of duty not seen since the PT boats of WWII. This inexperienced and disparate group of men would meld into a combat team - a team that formed an unbreakable, lifelong bond.<BR><BR>After training they were plunged into a 12 month tour of duty. Combat took place in the closest confines imaginable, where the enemy were hidden behind a passing sand dune or a single sniper could be concealed in an onshore bunker, mines might be submerged at every fork in the river. The enemy was all around you, hiding, waiting, while your fifty-foot Swift Boat works its way upriver. In many cases the rivers became so narrow there was barely room to maneuver or turn around. The only way out might be into a deadly ambush. Humor and a touch of romance relieve the tension in this thrilling ride with America's finest.</SPAN>
Shots Fired in Anger: A Rifleman's Eye View of the Activities on ...
by John B. George

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English

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506

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July 23, 2018

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<b>On August 7, 1942, Allied forces landed on Guadalcanal with the aim of relieving pressure that the Japanese were putting upon Allied supply and communication routes.<br /><br />It was the first major offensive by Allied forces against the Empire of Japan.</b><br /><br />John B. George’s wonderful account of his early overseas experiences as a rifleman in the Guadalcanal campaign presents the viewpoint not of a brass hat, but instead of doughboy who saw the conflict from the ground.<br /><br />He begins with the story of his early years in the 132nd Infantry of the Illinois National Guard, training on the ranges in various ranges across America, before he and his regiment were inducted into the United States Army just months before the terrible events at Pearl Harbor.<br /><br />George and his regiment landed on Guadalcanal just one day after the invasion had begun and were thrown quickly into the action to secure the beachhead and defend Lunga Point.<br /><br />Being a crack shot George records the many hours that he spent hidden in the bush sniping at his enemies if any opportunities arose.<br /><br />What makes this memoir different from others is the fact that George not only uncovers the conflicts that he witnesses and took part in but he also gives extensive information about the tactics that the U.S. military implemented as well as in depth descriptions of all the weapons that they used along with those of their enemies.<br /><br />“Johnny George is a fine officer and an able Infantryman. As a leader he was always capable and aggressive; as an individual rifleman he never lost an opportunity to kill or harass the enemy.” Colonel George F. Ferry, Commanding Officer of 132nd Infantry Regiment.<br /><br />John B. George served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1947 in the Pacific and China-Burma-India theaters and held the rank of lieutenant colonel. After this he went to Princeton and later joined the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Institute as a consultant, lecturer, and writer on African affairs. His book <em>Shots Fired in Anger</em> was first published in 1947 and he passed away in 2009.<br />
The Story of Wake Island
by James P. S. Devereux

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English

Pages

207

Publication Date

September 30, 2018

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<b><h2>“The courageous conduct of the officers and men who defended Wake Island will not be forgotten so long as gallantry and heroism are respected and honored.” <em>Citation of the President</em></b><br /><br />“Excellent” <em>The New York Times</em></h2><br /><br />On 8th December 1941, just hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, thirty-six Japanese bombers attacked Wake Island and destroyed eight of its twelve aircraft.<br /><br />Two more raid shortly followed, further reducing the defensive possibilities for the men who were left to defend this small area of American soil in the center of the Pacific Ocean.<br /><br />Major James P. S. Devereux was the Commanding Officer of the 1st Marine Defense Battalion who faced Japanese onslaught. <br /><br />The first Japanese landing attempt on the morning of 11th December was repelled by a ferocious defense put forward by Devereux and his men.<br /><br />Yet although the Japanese had withdrawn without landing, they continued to bombard the island by air and sea, and there was little hope of resupply for the Americans.<br /><br />For fifteen days the American troops suffered endless bombardments until the second major Japanese offensive was launched on 23rd December.<br /><br />Against overwhelming forces the Marines and other troops that were stationed on the island fought valiantly, but after forty-nine men had lost their lives in the fight, the remaining American men and civilians were captured by the Japanese.<br /><br />James P. S. Deveraux’s remarkable book <em>The Story of Wake Island</em> takes the reader to the heart of the action from the point of view of the commanding officer. It is a brilliant account of this tragic event that demonstrated the fighting spirit of the American soldier even in the face of unbeatable odds.<br /><br />“His special vantage point enriches his commentary not only on the ill-fated military operation but also on the state (and spirit) of the prewar preparations to defend the island.” John J. Sbrega, <em>The War Against Japan, 1941-1945</em><br /><br />James P. S. Devereaux was a United States Marine Corps general, Navy Cross recipient, and Republican congressman. After the ferocious fifteen-day battle of Wake Island Devereux was interned for nearly four years in Japanese prison camps. His book <em>The Story of Wake Island</em> was first published in 1947 and he passed away in 1988.<br />
Recollections of a Private Soldier in the Army of the Potomac
by Frank Wilkeson

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English

Pages

262

Publication Date

August 07, 2018

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<b><em>Who beside the enlisted men can tell how the fierce Confederates looked and fought behind their earthworks and in the open; how the heroic soldiers of the impoverished South were clothed, armed, and fed?</b></em><br /><br />The memoirs of Grant, Lee, Hood, Gordon, Johnston, and other civil war generals are some of our most common sources that we look at when learning about this tumultuous conflict.<br /><br />But what about the voices of the common soldier?<br /><br />Frank Wilkeson, when he wrote his account of the civil war, aimed to rectify this and reassert the importance of looking at the accounts of the men who carried the muskets, served the guns, and rode their saddles into the heat of battle.<br /><br />As he states in his preface, “The epauleted history has been largely inspired by vanity or jealousy, saving and excepting forever the immortal record”.<br /><br />Wilkeson and his fellow comrades who lived on the frontlines of the conflict had no need to rescue their reputations or assert their actions and thus their accounts provide a brilliant and unbiased alternative view of this bloody war.<br /><br />After lying about his age Frank Wilkeson was just sixteen when he joined the Union Army in 1864.<br /><br />Through the course of the next year he saw some of the ferocious battles of Grant’s Overland Campaign.<br /><br /><em> Recollections of a Private Soldier in the Army of the Potomac</em> is a wonderfully refreshing account of the American Civil War that takes the reader to the heart of what it would have been like to have served in the front ranks.<br /><br />“Wilkeson’s words have a robustness that remind us that colorful writing was in the American air, and contemporaries like Mark Twain didn’t come out of the blue (or the gray).” Robert Cowley, <em>HistoryNet</em><br /><br />“deeply portrays the experience of the ordinary soldier on campaign and in battle.” <em>Civil War Talk</em><br /><br />“[The memoir is] unlike most others by Civil War Veterans who tended to romanticize and sometimes glorify the experiences they went through . . . . His emphasis on the seamy, unheroic, horrific side of war is a healthy corrective to romanticism." James McPherson<br /><br />Frank Wilkeson was an American journalist, soldier, farmer and explorer. His memoir <em>Recollections of a Private Soldier in the Army of the Potomac</em> was first published in 1887 and he passed away in 1913.<br />
Explosive Growth: A Few Things I Learned While Growing My Startup...
by Cliff Lerner

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English

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316

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November 06, 2017

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<h2><strong>#1 BEST SELLER - The</strong> <strong>Gold-Standard Growth Playbook For Startups & Entrepreneurs.</strong></h2><p>Before <strong><em>Tinder</em></strong> and <strong><em>Bumble</em></strong>, there was AreYouInterested?, and it grew to <strong>100 Million Users</strong>. <br /></p><p>This inspiring and hilarious narrative reveals the <strong>incredible untold story</strong> and <strong>genius viral growth tactics</strong> that propelled this tiny startup to <em>suddenly start acquiring</em> <em>100,000 users per day, for FREE</em>!</p><p>Cliff Lerner's online dating startup, Snap Interactive, was running out of money when he bet the company's fortunes on a then-unknown platform called Facebook. The app suddenly began to acquire 100,000 new users daily for free, and soon after the stock price skyrocketed 2,000 percent, setting off an extraordinary chain of events filled with sudden success and painful lessons.<br /></p><p><strong>Explosive Growth is a business book like no other</strong><strong>.</strong> This compelling and inspiring narrative gives you a step-by-step playbook to achieve explosive growth, combining lively and often <em>hilarious storytelling</em>, <em>proven tactics</em>, and numerous<em> case-studies</em> to help your startup achieve explosive growth. Learn how to:<br /></p><ul><li><strong><em>IGNITE EXPLOSIVE GROWTH</em></strong> by creating a remarkable product</li><li>Identify the <strong><em>ONLY 3 METRICS THAT MATTER</em></strong></li><li>Explore valuable <strong><em>VIRAL GROWTH</em></strong> strategies to grow rapidly</li><li>Execute the <strong><em>GENIUS MEDIA HACKS</em></strong> that helped us acquire 100 million users</li><li>Create a thriving culture of <strong><em>PASSIONATE EMPLOYEES</em></strong> and constant<strong><em> INNOVATION</em><br /></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Who Is This Book For?</strong><br /></p><p><strong>ENTREPRENEURS & STARTUPS</strong>: Get our lessons learned growing to 100 MILLION USERS</p><p><strong>GROWTH HACKERS, MARKETING, PRODUCT & ANALYTICS EXPERTS</strong>: Learn the VIRAL FEATURES and strategies we used to acquire 100,000 USERS PER DAY -- without spending a penny on advertising.<br /></p><p><strong>PUBLIC RELATIONS</strong>: Get our PR PLAYBOOK with our best media hacks.<br /></p><p><strong>CEOs</strong>: Create a THRIVING CULTURE of passionate employees and constant innovation. Get over 70 proven ‘Explosive Growth Tips’ in marketing, leadership, management, and more.<br /></p><p><strong>FANS OF THE MOVIE ‘THE SOCIAL NETWORK’:</strong> This thrilling story has many parallels to 'The Social Network.' Learn the wild story behind the first Facebook Dating App and its wild roller coaster ride to 100 million users.<br /></p><p><strong>Praise:</strong><br /></p><p>"Lessons for startups and CEOs on growth hacking, marketing, and innovation from one of the smartest founders I know." - <em>Andrew Weinreich, Inventor of Social Networking</em><br /></p><p>"Explosive Growth is without question one of the most useful and entertaining business books I have ever read. Cliff gives you a roadmap to massively grow your startup with specific tactical lessons made memorable through engaging stories. This book is a must-read." - <em>David Perry, Digital Sales & Business Development Expert at Google, Adobe, & Amazon, Startup Advisor</em></p><p>"A must read for founders and CEOs who want to achieve rapid growth while also building a great product and company." - <em>Payal Kadakia, Founder & Executive Chairman of ClassPass</em><br /></p><p>“Want to know how to grow your startup to 100 million users? Then this is the book for you. Explosive Growth gives step-by-step instructions, case studies and proven tactics on how to explode your growth.” - <em>Entrepreneur.com by Syed Balkh</em>i</p>
Always Another Dawn: The Story of a Rocket Test Pilot
by , Clay Blair

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English

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429

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September 03, 2018

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<h2>“a remarkable record” <em>The Sunday Times</em></h2><br /><br /><b>What is it like to fly twice the speed of sound?<br /><br />What does it feel like to be hurtling towards the earth from fifteen miles above the ground?</b><br /><br />Albert Scott Crossfield’s extraordinary autobiography of his time as a test pilot highlights the fascinating developments that were being made in aviation just after the Second World War.<br /><br />After a period as a fighter pilot in World War Two and then some time at university studying aeronautical engineering Crossfield joined NASA’s predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.<br /><br />He quickly showed his talents as a research pilot and before long was training in a variety of aircraft, including the X-1, X-4, X-5, XF-92, D-558-I and D-558-II.<br /><br />Yet, Crossfield’s greatest flight came on November 20, 1953, when he was towed to a height of 72,000 feet by a Boeing P2B Superfortress before diving 62,000 feet and reaching a speed of 1,320 miles per hour. <br /><br />This meant that he was the first person in history to travel at more than twice the speed of sound.<br /><br />A number of years later Crossfield became both a test pilot and design consultant for the X-15 rocket-powered plane. <em>Always Another Dawn</em> provides brilliant insight into the development of this plane, and Crossfield’s impact upon it, which would eventually travel at six times the speed of sound.<br /><br />"Scott Crossfield was a pioneer and a legend in the world of test flight and space flight," said Mike Coats, Johnson Space Center Director.<br /><br />This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the development of aviation after the Second World War as well as the how men like Crossfield risked their lives the early years of the space race in order to further our attempts to reach the stars.<br /><br />Albert Scott Crossfield was an American naval officer and test pilot. He was instrumental in the development aeronautics and space flight through the 1950s. He co-authored Always Another Dawn, a story of a rocket test pilot, with Clay Blair Jr., which was published in 1960. He died in a place crash in 2006. Clay Blair Jr. had passed away in 1998. <br />
Twenty Million Tons Under the Sea: The Daring Capture of the U-50...
by Daniel V. Gallery

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English

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267

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February 25, 2018

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<h2>“Terrific... the first-hand story of Uncle Sam’s U-Boat killers.” — <em>Chicago Daily News</em></h2><br /><br /><b>“The only thing that really frightened me during the war was the U-boat peril. . . .” — Winston Churchill</b><br /><br />German U-Boats were causing havoc for the Allied fleets across the oceans of the world.<br /><br />The Battle of the Atlantic had been ongoing since the beginning of the war and the Royal Navy, United States Navy and Allied merchant shipping were taking heavy casualties against these underwater terrors.<br /><br />The U-505 had been launched on 25 May 1941.<br /><br />Over the next three years she went on to sink a total of eight ships.<br /><br />But the upper hand that once had been held by U-Boats was beginning to weaken and tide began to turn in favor of the Allied navies.<br /><br />Daniel Gallery, in his brilliant memoir, explains how he led Task Group 21.12 in the battle against the U-Boat threat.<br /><br />Commanding the USS <em>Guadalcanal</em> he led his crew to sink three of these menacing submarines, but his greatest achievement was to capture the U-505 off the coast of Africa.<br /><br />He was the first American officer to capture an enemy warship since the War of 1812, and this victory gave the United States Navy not only a great victory but also the codebooks, Enigma machine and other secret materials found on board critically assisted the Allied codebreakers.<br /><br />“Excellent in several ways: it provides a fine quick survey of the whole Atlantic war, it describes the operation of the German U-boat service, and, most dramatically, it tells how an American task force under Admiral Gallery achieved the unique feat of capturing a German submarine.” — <em>Publishers’ Weekly</em><br /><br /> “One of the best non-fiction books about World War II.” — <em>Raleigh News & Observer</em><br /><br />“One of the war’s most exciting memoirs.” — <em>Chicago News</em><br /><br />“A first-rate adventure tale...suspense and excitement told with a seaman’s salty zest...excellent reading.” — <em>Chicago Sunday Tribune</em><br /><br />“A masterful job that merits the attention of every lover of sea stories.” — <em>Pittsburgh Press</em><br /><br />“Brimming with thrills.” — <em>Philadelphia News</em><br /><br />“An engrossing tale. . . . Pungent, entertaining, informative.” — <em>Navy Times</em><br /><br />“A humdinger of a sea story ... a highly readable book, trimmed from stem to stern with the writer’s irrepressible sense of humor.” — <em>Chicago Sunday Times</em><br /><br />Daniel V. Gallery was a rear admiral in the United States Navy. He saw extensive action during World War II, fighting U-boats during the Battle of the Atlantic. After the war, Gallery was a prolific author of fiction and non-fiction. <em>Twenty Million Tons Under the Sea</em> was originally published in 1956 and he passed away in 1977.<br /><br /><br /><br />
Coral Comes High: U. S. Marines and the Fight for Peleliu
by George P. Hunt

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English

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104

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July 08, 2018

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<b><h2>“The brutal and heroic story of Marines in action” <em>The New York Times</em></h2></b><br /><br />08:32, September 15, 1944.<br /><br />The 1st Marines stormed the Pacific island of Peleliu.<br /><br />Captain Hunt and his company of two hundred and thirty-five men were among some of the first to land; forty-eight hours later, only seventy-eight of them were alive.<br /><br />Outnumbered and outgunned by the enemy, they beat off all attacks with a courage which is at the same time matter-of-fact and superhuman individual, yet collective and drawn from the real comradeship of men who cannot let each other down. <br /><br />Here are dramatic accounts of wounded men miraculously still fighting, of two men seen in silhouette at night against the flashes of guns in a death struggle atop a cliff, of the flame-scarred bodies of Japanese in caves and pillboxes, of a nervous and badly scared youngster shooting one of his own comrades.<br /><br />When, at last, relief came and Captain Hunt and his handful of men staggered back to the beach, they had withstood three terrible counterattacks and killed more than five hundred enemy soldiers.<br /><br />“<em>Coral Comes High</em> is an unpretentious, stark, blow-by-blow story of a terrible action, well told in the fewest possible words” <em>Time Magazine</em><br /><br />“This is a story of fighting men told by a fighting man.” General Alexander Vandegrift, United States Marine Corps.<br /><br />Captain Hunt served in the 1st Regiment of the 1st Marine Division in the South Pacific and was decorated with the Silver Star medal and the Navy Cross. He received the Navy Cross for his part in the action described in this book. The citation for this decoration relates how Captain Hunt's company of riflemen was reduced to thirty-four men; how these survivors defended an isolated position "against three counterattacks killing four hundred and twenty-two Japanese.” After the war he worked as a writer and editor for Fortune and Life magazines. <em>Coral Comes High</em> was first published in 1946 and Hunt passed away in 1991.<br />
Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific
by Robert Leckie

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English

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252

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January 28, 2018

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<b>“One hell of a book! The real stuff that proves the U.S. Marines are the greatest fighting men on earth!” Leon Uris</b><br /><br />Robert Leckie signed up for service with the United States Marines on January 5, 1942.<br /><br />Wake Island had fallen and America was still reeling from the tragedy of Pearl Harbor.<br /><br />This vivid and personal account of one marine’s journey through the course of the war in the Pacific in World War Two.<br /><br />Leckie provides vivid, and at times humorous, details of his training in South Carolina, through to being assigned to first terrifying duties as a fighting marine.<br /><br />He was thrust into the heat of battle at Guadalcanal before seeing action across many islands of the Pacific until he was eventually wounded and evacuated from the island of Peleliu.<br /><br />Yet this fascinating autobiography is not simply about Leckie’s fighting life over the duration of the war as it also records the camaraderie of his fellow soldiers, the adventures that he enjoyed during his time off service in Melbourne, Australia, along with the day to day life of a normal marine.<br /><br />“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<br /><br />This work is essential reading for anyone interested in uncovering the voice of a true marine who saw some of the bloodiest battles of World War Two.<br /><br />Along with E. B. Sledge’s <em>With the Old Breed: At Peleiu and Okinawa</em> this book formed the basis for the HBO miniseries <em>The Pacific</em>.<br /><br />Robert Leckie was an American author and historian. His service with the 1st Marine Division in World War Two as a machine gunner and a scout greatly influenced his later work. <em>Helmet for my Pillow</em> was first published in 1957 and Leckie passed away in 2001.<br />

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