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With the Old Breed
  • Bandtyp: Häftad
  • Språk: Engelska
  • Utgiven: 20070501
  • Antal sidor: 352
  • ISBN10:0891419063
  • ISBN13:9780891419068

With the Old Breed

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'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, in The Second World WarE.B. Sledge's memoir of his experience fighting in the South Pacific during World War II is powerful because of its honesty and compassion. With the Old Breed presents a stirring, personal account of the bravery of the Marines in the battles at Peleliu and Okinawa. Eugene Bondurant Sledge 'Sledgehammer' joined the Marines the year after the bombing of Pearl Harbour and from 1943 to 1946 endured the events recorded in this book.Sledge enlisted out of patriotism and youthful courage but once he landed on the beach at Peleliu, it was purely a struggle for survival. Based on the notes he kept on slips of paper tucked secretly away in his New Testament, he simply and directly recalls those long months, mincing no words and sparing no pain. The reality of battle meant unbearable heat, deafening gunfire, unimaginable brutality and, above all, constant fear. Sledge still has nightmares about 'the bloody, muddy month of May on Okinawa.' He also tellingly reveals the bonds of friendship formed that will never be severed. Sledge's account of other marines, even complete strangers, sets him apart as a memoirist of war. Read as sobering history or as high adventure, this is a moving chronicle of action and courage.About the AuthorE. B. Sledge was born and grew up in Mobile, Alabama. His father, a physician, taught him to hunt and to describe his surroundings. Sledge enlisted in the US Marine Corps and was sent to the Pacific Theatre. He fought at Peleliu and Okinawa where some of the fiercest battles of WWII took place. Although he survived it took him years to recover from the psychological wounds from that experience. He has since pursued his studies in all manner of subjects, earning a PhD in Zoology at the University of Florida.

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  • Den bästa biografin om WWII

    Efter ha sett den minst sagt hemska men välspelade miniserien från HBO The Pacific beslöt jag mig att under sommaren läsa allt jag kunde komma över om japankonflikten under andra världskriget.

    I With the old Breed får man följa en ung E B Sledge med smeknamnet Sledgehammer under landstigning av Peleliu och Okinawa. Sledge är en ung man från den amerikanska södern som önskar att bli marinsoldat. Den nästa romantiserade uppfattning Sledge har om krig och marinkåren speglas genom boken men utan att göra avkall på vad krig är; en organiserad form av galenskap. Liksom serien är boken verkligen hemsk men den suger in läsaren i mangelstormen av grantkastare, död, hat, atterield ...

    Beskrivningarna av olika vapen kan man dock hoppa över.

    av Vittnet, 2010-07-03

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