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    Description"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 "NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER In "The Wall Street Journal," Victor Davis Hanson named "With the Old Breed" one of the top five books on epic twentieth-century battles. Studs Terkel interviewed the author for his definitive oral history, "The Good War." Now E. B. Sledge's acclaimed first-person account of fighting at Peleliu and Okinawa returns to thrill, edify, and inspire a new generation. 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. Based on notes Sledge secretly kept in a copy of the New Testament, "With the Old Breed" 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. "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 "From the Trade Paperback edition."


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    Title
    With the Old Breed
    Subtitle
    At Peleliu and Okinawa
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Professor of Biology E B Sledge
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 353
    Width: 106 mm
    Height: 174 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 200 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780891419198
    ISBN 10: 0891419195
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2A
    BIC subject category V2: BGHA, HBJK
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Merchandise Category: MMP
    B&T General Subject: 520
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27470
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    BIC subject category V2: JWXV
    DC21: 940.5425
    B&T Approval Code: A44100000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027120
    B&T Approval Code: A14204064
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    DC22: 940.54/26
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO008000, HIS027110
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: D767.99.P4 S55 2007
    Thema V1.0: DNC, NHWR7, NHW, DNBH, JWXV
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1KBB
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    B/W PHOTOS THROUGHOUT 45 HALFTONES, 9 MAPS
    Publisher
    Random House Publishing Group
    Imprint name
    Presidio Press
    Publication date
    25 September 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    E. B. "Sledgehammer" Sledge was born and grew up in Mobile. In late 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. After basic training, he was sent to the Pacific Theater where he fought at Peleliu and Okinawa, two of the fiercest battles of World War II. Following the Japanese surrender, Sledge served in China as part of the occupation force. Upon his return home, he obtained a Ph.D. in biology and joined the faculty of Alabama College (later the University of Montevallo), where he taught until retirement. Sledge initially wrote about his war experiences to explain them to his family, but he was persuaded by his wife to seek publication. Sledge died on March 3, 2001. "From the Trade Paperback edition."
    Review quote
    "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 Burns "From the Trade Paperback edition."