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    DescriptionThe inspiration behind the HBO series THE PACIFIC Here is one of the most riveting first-person accounts to ever come out of World War 2. Robert Leckie was 21 when he enlisted in the US Marine Corps in January 1942. In Helmet for My Pillow we follow his journey, from boot camp on Parris Island, South Carolina, all the way to the raging battles in the Pacific, where some of the war's fiercest fighting took place. Recounting his service with the 1st Marine Division and the brutal action on Guadalcanal, New Britain and Peleliu, Leckie spares no detail of the horrors and sacrifice of war, painting an unsentimental portrait of how real warriors are made, fight, and all too often die in the defence of their country. From the live-for-today rowdiness of Marines on leave to the terrors of jungle warfare against an enemy determined to fight to the last man, Leckie describes what it's really like when victory can only be measured inch by bloody inch. Unparalleled in its immediacy and accuracy, Helmet for My Pillow tells the gripping true story of an ordinary soldier fighting in extraordinary conditions. This is a book that brings you as close to the mud, the blood, and the experience of war as it is safe to come. '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


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    Title
    Helmet for My Pillow
    Subtitle
    The World War Two Pacific Classic
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert Leckie
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 220 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780091937515
    ISBN 10: 0091937515
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC subject category V2: BM, HBJM, JWH
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1M
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100, TEC025000, HIS027180
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    DC22: 940.548173
    BISAC V2.8: HIS004000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJH, 1M
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027110
    Thema V1.0: DNC, NHWR7, NHWL, NHM, JWCS
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1KBB
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MPBL
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1M
    Illustrations note
    maps, ports.
    Publisher
    Ebury Press
    Imprint name
    Ebury Press
    Publication date
    03 February 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Robert Leckie was born on December 18, 1920 in Philadelphia. After enlisting in the United States Marine Corps shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he worked in the 1st Marine Division as a machine gunner and as an intelligence scout during the Battle of Guadalcanal. He was later awarded the Purple Heart. Helmet for My Pillow received the Marine Corps Combat Correspondents' Annual Award in 1957. He died in December 2001.
    Review quote
    "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 "A powerful book that pulls no punches" The New York Review of Books "One hell of a book! The real stuff that proves the U.S. Marines are the greatest fighting men on earth!" -- Leon Uris, author of Battle Cry