Challenge for the Pacific

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

By (author) Robert Leckie , Narrator Kevin Foley

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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 twenty-four-hour-a-day fighting on Guadalcanal. Combatants from both sides are brought to life: General Archer Vandegrift, who first assembled an amphibious strike force; Isoruku 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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  • CD-Audio
  • 139.7 x 165.1 x 27.94mm | 249.47g
  • 08 Jun 2011
  • Tantor Media, Inc
  • Old Saybrook, CT
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 1452602913
  • 9781452602912

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Robert Leckie (1920-2001) served in the 1st Marine Division during World War II and authored more than forty books on American war history, including "The Wars of America: From 1600 to 1900." Kevin Foley has over thirty years' experience in radio and television broadcasting, commercial voice-overs, and audiobook narration. He has recorded over 150 audiobooks, and he won an Earphones Award from "AudioFile" magazine for his narration of "Cognitive Surplus" by Clay Shirky.

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"Kevin Foley's perfectly faithful reading...creates a pantheon of memorable characters on both sides." ---AudioFile

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