Between America's retreat from China in late November 1941 and the moment General MacArthur's airplane touched down on the Japanese mainland in August of 1945, five men connected by happenstance fought the key battles of the war against Japan. From the debacle in Bataan, to the miracle at Midway and the relentless vortex of Guadalcanal, their solemn oaths to their country later led one to the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot and the others to the coral strongholds of Peleliu, the black terraces of Iwo Jima and the killing fields of Okinawa, until at last the survivors enjoyed a triumphant, yet uneasy, return home.
In The Pacific, Hugh Ambrose focuses on the real-life stories of five men who put their lives on the line for our country. To deepen the story revealed in the HBO(r) miniseries and go beyond it, the book dares to chart a great ocean of enmity known as the Pacific and the brave men who fought.
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...you have to admire the perseverance with which he did a job that so many of us have wanted to do, but you don’t have to like his work...Read Full Review of The Pacific
The book puts a lot of flesh and background information onto the story...Read Full Review of The Pacific
We are left staggered by the magnitude of the conflict. This is not a book for the casual reader, but it is an engrossing read for those who want to know details of a narrow band of the Pacific War.Read Full Review of The Pacific
This is a very valuable account of a brutal war against a vile and brutal enemy...Read Full Review of The Pacific
The ten-part HBO miniseries...employs several of the same focus characters and battles as those in the book. But television, no matter how graphic, can hardly outdo Ambrose's words in reproducing the sights, sounds, and smells of fear, blood, guts, and death.Read Full Review of The Pacific
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