Challenge for the Pacific: Guadalcanal: The Turning Point of the War

Challenge for the Pacific: Guadalcanal: The Turning Point of the War


By (author) Robert Leckie

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  • Publisher: Bantam Books Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 442 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 198mm x 28mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0553386913
  • ISBN 13: 9780553386912
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 7 maps
  • Sales rank: 243,017

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From Robert Leckie, the World War II veteran and New York Times bestselling author of Helmet for My Pillow, whose experiences were featured in the HBO miniseries The Pacific, comes this vivid narrative of the astonishing six-month campaign for Guadalcanal. From the Japanese soldiers' carefully calculated-and ultimately foiled-attempt to build a series of impregnable island forts on the ground to the tireless efforts of the Americans who struggled against a tenacious adversary and the temperature and terrain of the island itself, Robert Leckie captures the loneliness, the agony, and the heat of twentyfour- hour-a-day fighting on Guadalcanal. Combatants from both sides are brought to life: General Archer Vandegrift, who first assembled an amphibious strike force; Isoroku Yamamoto, the naval general whose innovative strategy was tested; the island-born Allied scout Jacob Vouza, who survived hideous torture to uncover the enemy's plans; and Saburo Sakai, the ace flier who shot down American planes with astonishing ease. Propelling the Allies to eventual victory, Guadalcanal was truly the turning point of the war. Challenge for the Pacific is an unparalleled, authoritative account of this great fight that forever changed our world.

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"Leckie puts you in the foxhole."--"The New York Times Book Review""Fast-paced and informative . . . Characters are very much alive on the printed page."--"Navy Times " "[A] stirring story of America's survival in its grimmest hour . . . as readable and gripping as a novel."--"Patriot Ledger"