With the Old Breed : At Peleliu and Okinawa
by E B Sledge
Editor: Random House USA Inc
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“Eugene Sledge has become more than a legend with his memories, With The Old BreedHe has become a chronicler, a historian, a storyteller who turns the extremes of war in the Pacific– terror, comradeship, banality and extraordinary, in the conditions that we mortals can grasp.”Tom Hanks NEW YORK TIMES best-seller In The Wall Street Journal, Victor Davis Hanson With the name Ancien de la Race one of the five best books on the epic of the twentieth century of battlesStuds Terkel interviewed the author for his final oral history, La Bonne GuerreNow, EBSledge acclaimed first-person acclaimed first-person count of fighting in Peleliu and Okinawa returns to thrills, edifying, and inspiring a new generationA boy Alabama anchored in American history and in love with these heroes of George Washington and Daniel Boone, Eugene BSledge became a part of the war that celebrates the 1st Marines Division–3rd Battalion, 5th MarinesEven after intense training, he was shocked to be thrown into the battle of Peleliu, where “the world was a nightmare of hot flashes, explosions, and slamming bullets.”By the time of Sledding to hit Okinawa hell, it was a fight of efp, always filled with fear, but it is no longer panicBased on the sled notes secretly guarded in a copy of the New Testament, With the Old Race captures total simplicity and the furnace of honesty of a soldier’s experience of the fierce Pacific Theatre soldier.Here is what saved, threatened, and changed his lifeHere too, it’s the story of how he learned to hate and kill–and came to love-his companions of mankind.”In all the literature on the Second World War, there is no more honest, realistic or displaceable memoirs of Eugene SledgeThis is the real deal, the real war: no, brutal, without the shadow of sentimentality or false patriotism, a profound primacy over what it really was like in war.This is a classic that will survive everyone’s general chair of account security–not of “good war” –but the worst, never-war ever”–Ken Burns of the book publishing trade in Pocket Book
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