The World War Two Pacific Classic
Efter att först ha läst Robert Leckies bok "Helmet for my pillow" så var det då dags för denna. Men jag tycker inte den här var ngt att ha. Den saknar den värme och hjärta som Leckie skriver med och blir istället ett slags uppslagsverk på slagen han medverkade i ren o skär fakta/historie bok och det var inte det jag var ute efter, nej där tycker jag att Leckies bok lyckas mycket bättre
Sledge's simple, clear and at times disturbingly emotionless descriptions of his time fighting in the Pacific delivers what most of us will thankfully never have to experience in reality: the true horror of war. Written originally for his family, "With the Old Breed" is an amazing account of what one individual experienced in some of the harshest battlegrounds this world has ever seen.
Sledge is the every man, he is not an NCO, he is not highly decorated and he is not a battle harde... Läs hela recensionen
Of all the books about the ground war in the Pacific, [With the Old Breed] is the closest to a masterpiece * The New York Review of Books * One of the most arresting documents in war literature. -- John Keegan 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 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 Burn
E. B. Sledge was born in Mobile, Alabama. In late 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, and was then sent to the Pacific where he fought at Peleliu and Okinawa. After returning from the war he immediately began working on a book based on the notes he had taken while posted in the Pacific theatre, which became With the Old Breed. Sledge joined the biology faculty of Alabama College, where he taught until his retirement. Sledge died on March 3rd, 2001.