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    DescriptionThe inspiration behind the HBO series THE PACIFIC This was a brutish, primitive hatred, as characteristic of the horror of war in the Pacific as the palm trees and the islands...Landing on the beach at Peleliu in 1944 as a twenty-year-old new recruit to the US Marines, Eugene Sledge can only try desperately to survive. At Peleliu and Okinawa - two of the fiercest and filthiest Pacific battles of WWII - he witnesses the dehumanising brutality displayed by both sides and the animal hatred that each soldier has for his enemy. During temporary lapses in the fighting, conditions on the islands mean that the Marines often can't wash, stay dry, dig latrines, or even find time to eat. Suffering from constant fear, fatigue, and filth, the struggle of simply living in a combat zone is utterly debilitating. Yet despite horrendous conditions Sledge finds time to keep notes that he would later turn into a book. Described as one of the finest memoirs to emerge from any war, With the Old Breed tells with compassion and honesty of the cruelty, bravery and deaths of the men he fought alongside, and of his own journey from patriotic innocence to battle-scarred veteran. '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


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    Title
    With the Old Breed
    Subtitle
    The World War Two Pacific Classic
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Eugene B. Sledge
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 259 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780091937522
    ISBN 10: 0091937523
    Classifications

    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: HBLW, BM
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    DC22: B
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1M
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027120, BIO026000
    DC22: 940.54252294
    BISAC V2.8: BIO008000, HIS027110
    Thema V1.0: DNC, NHWR7, NHWL, JWXV
    Illustrations note
    maps
    Publisher
    Ebury Press
    Imprint name
    Ebury Press
    Publication date
    03 February 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "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