Goodbye, Darkness by William Manchester
A Memoir of the Pacific War

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The nightmares began for William Manchester 23 years after WW II. In his dreams he lived with the recurring image of a battle-weary youth (himself), "angrily demanding to know what had happened to the three decades since he had laid down his arms." To find out, Manchester visited those places in the Pacific where as a young Marine he fought the Japanese, and in this book examines his experiences in the line with his fellow soldiers (his "brothers"). He gives us an honest and unabashedly emotional account of his part in the war in the Pacific. "The most moving memoir of combat on WW II that I have ever read. A testimony to the fortitude of man...a gripping, haunting, book." --William L. Shirer
 

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William Manchester was a hugely successful popular historian and biographer whose books include The Last Lion, Volumes 1 and 2, Goodbye Darkness, A World Lit Only by Fire, The Glory and the Dream, The Arms of Krupp, American Caesar, The Death of the President, and assorted works of journalism.
 
Published December 2, 2008 by Little, Brown and Company. 401 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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We couldn't, thinks ex-Marine Sergeant Manchester, take Tarawa again (or Guadalcanal or Iwo Jima or Okinawa): today's young wouldn't plod "patiently on and on"—chest-deep in water, weapons over their heads, keeping formation"—while their comrades were keeling over on all sides."

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Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War is a simply superb memoir of the war in the Pacific.

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Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War is former United States Marine William Manchester's memoir on the Pacific War, but it is also to a certain degree the collective experience of all who served in the Pacific.

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