E.B. Sledge

1 With the Old Breed

Author : E.B. Sledge
Genre :  Military  Books  History  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2007-05-01
Description :  <b>“Eugene Sledge became more than a legend with his memoir, <i>With The Old Breed</i>. 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</b><br /><br /><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES&#xa0;</i>BESTSELLER</b><br /><br />In <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, Victor Davis Hanson named <i>With the Old Breed</i> one of the top five books on epic twentieth-century battles. Studs Terkel interviewed the author for his definitive oral history, <i>The Good War</i>. Now E. B. Sledge’s acclaimed first-person account of fighting at Peleliu and Okinawa returns to thrill, edify, and inspire a new generation.<br /><br /> 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.<br /><br /> Based on notes Sledge secretly kept in a copy of the New Testament, <i>With the Old Breed</i> 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.<br /><br /><b>“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</b><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

2 China Marine

Author : E.B. Sledge
Genre :  History  Books  United States  Asia 
Price :  $29.99
Release Date :  2014-06-10
Description :  From the respected author of one of the best books on World War II combat, comes an equally captivating saga of battle recovery, healing, and homecoming.<br /><br /><i>China Marine</i> is the long-awaited sequel to E. B. Sledge’ s critically acclaimed memoir, <i>With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa.</i> Picking up where his previous memoir leaves off, Sledge, a young marine in the First Division, traces his company’ s movements and charts his own difficult passage to peace following his horrific experiences in the Pacific. He reflects on his duty in the ancient city of Peiping (now Beijing) and recounts the difficulty of returning to his hometown of Mobile, Alabama, and resuming civilian life haunted by the shadows of close combat.<br /><br />Distinguished historians have praised Sledge’ s first book as the definitive rifleman’ s account of World War II, ranking it with the Civil War’ s <i>Red Badge of Courage</i> and World War I’ s <i>All Quiet on the Western Front.</i> Although With the Old Breed ends with the surrender of Japan, marines in the Pacific were still faced with the mission of disarming the immense Japanese forces on the Asian mainland and reestablishing order. For infantrymen so long engaged in the savage and surreal world of close combat, there remained the personal tasks of regaining normalcy and dealing with suppressed memories, fears, and guilt.<br /><br />In <i>China Marine</i>, E. B. Sledge completes his story and provides emotional closure to the searing events detailed in his first memoir. He speaks frankly about the real costs of war, emotional and psychological as well as physical, and explains the lifetime loyalties that develop between men who face fear, loss, and horror together. That bond becomes one of the newfound treasures of life after battle.<br /><br />With his hallmark style of simplicity, directness, and lack of sentimentality, “Sledgehammer” has given us yet another great document of war literature.

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