With the Old Breed
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In his own book, Wartime, Paul Fussell called With the Old Breed one of the finest memoirs to emerge from any war. John Keegan referred to it in The Second World War as one of the most arresting documents in war literature. And Studs Terkel was so fascinated with the story he interviewed its author for his book, The Good War. What has made E.B. Sledge's memoir of his experience fighting in the South Pacific during World War I so devastatingly powerful is its sheer honest simplicity and compassion.
Now including a new introduction by Paul Fussell, With the Old Breed presents a stirring, personal account of the vitality and bravery of the Marines in the battles at Peleliu and Okinawa. Born in Mobile, Alabama in 1923 and raised on riding, hunting, fishing, and a respect for history and legendary heroes such as George Washington and Daniel Boone, Eugene Bondurant Sledge (later called Sledgehammer by his Marine Corps buddies) joined the Marines the year after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and from 1943 to 1946 endured the events recorded in this book. In those years, he passed, often painfully, from innocence to experience.
Sledge enlisted out of patriotism, idealism, and youthful courage, but once he landed on the beach at Peleliu, it was purely a Read More chevron_right
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