The Pacific by Hugh Ambrose


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...The Pacific is a significant testament to the men who fought and died in the struggle in the Pacific.
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The New York Times bestselling official companion book to the Emmy(r) Award-winning HBO(r) miniseries.

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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About Hugh Ambrose

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Hugh Ambrose is a noted historian and was a consultant on the documentary Price for Peace, for which Steven Spielberg and Stephen Ambrose were the Executive Producers. He was a consultant to his father on his books, and served as the historical consultant on HBO®'s The Pacific miniseries. Ambrose is also the former vice president of the National WWII Museum and has led battlefield tours through Europe and along the Pacific Rim. He lives in Helena, MT. Author website:
Published February 25, 2010 by NAL. 513 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Travel. Non-fiction
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Blog Critics

on Dec 02 2010

...The Pacific is a significant testament to the men who fought and died in the struggle in the Pacific.

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Open Letters Monthly

Below average 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...

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Curious Book Fans

on Jun 16 2011

The book puts a lot of flesh and background information onto the story...

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M/C Anderson

on Aug 04 2010

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.

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The Army Rumour Service


This is a very valuable account of a brutal war against a vile and brutal enemy...

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Reviewed by Ralph Bowden on Apr 09 2010

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.

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