The Heart of Hell by Mitch Weiss
The Untold Story of Courage and Sacrifice in the Shadow of Iwo Jima

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The Battle of Iwo Jima, a major event in the Pacific Theater of World War II—and one of the bloodiest in United States history—began on February 19, 1945. But what happened two days earlier has largely been a footnote, until now...
On February 17, Landing Craft Infantry 449 was among a dozen gunboats helping to prepare the area for their invasion two days later. U.S. military leaders thought they had weakened Japanese forces in the area so they were not expecting any action…
From the towering slopes of Mount Suribachi, Japanese forces opened fire, forcing the U.S. commanders to recalculate battlefield plans. They shelled and bombed the newly discovered enemy positions. It was a move that saved countless lives two days later, when tens of thousands of Marines stormed the beach.
The Heart of Hell is the untold story of the crew of Landing Craft Infantry 449. Based on 130 exclusive interviews with sailors who survived the battle, the families of the men killed in the fight, and more than 1,500 letters the sailors mailed to loved ones during their long months at sea, this is a story of duty, brotherhood, love, and courage.

About Mitch Weiss

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Mitch Weiss is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist for the Associated Press. He lives in Greenville, South Carolina. Kevin Maurer is an award-winning reporter who has covered special operations forces for seven years. He lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Published March 1, 2016 by Berkley. 434 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Instead of a dry history text, The Heart of Hell portrays the two-day conflict through the eyes of the crewmembers of the gunboat/landing craft LCI (Landing Craft Infantry) 449.

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