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Helmet for My Pillow

The World War Two Pacific Classic

By Robert Leckie

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| Softcover | 9780091937546

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Now the inspiration behind the HBO series "The Pacific". Here is one of the most riveting first-person accounts to ever come out of the Second World War. Robert Leckie was 21 when he enlisted in the US Marine Corps in January 1942. In "Helmet for My Continue

Now the inspiration behind the HBO series "The Pacific". Here is one of the most riveting first-person accounts to ever come out of the Second World War. Robert Leckie was 21 when he enlisted in the US Marine Corps in January 1942. In "Helmet for My Pillow" we follow his journey, from boot camp on Parris Island, South Carolina, all the way to the raging battles in the Pacific, where some of the war's fiercest fighting took place. Recounting his service with the 1st Marine Division and the brutal action on Guadalcanal, New Britain and Peleliu, Leckie spares no detail of the horrors and sacrifice of war, painting an unsentimental portrait of how real warriors are made, fight, and all too often die in the defence of their country. From the live-for-today rowdiness of Marines on leave to the terrors of jungle warfare against an enemy determined to fight to the last man, Leckie describes what it's really like when victory can only be measured inch by bloody inch. Unparalleled in its immediacy and accuracy, "Helmet for My Pillow" is a gripping account from an ordinary soldier fighting in extraordinary conditions.
This is a book that brings you as close to the mud, the blood, and the experience of war as it is safe to come. "Helmet for My Pillow" is a grand and epic prose poem. Robert Leckie's theme is the purely human experience of war in the Pacific, written in the graceful imagery of a human being who - somehow - survived - Tom Hanks.

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    Vita vissuta di un marines del 1 divisione, da guadalcanal a peleliu. Tranne che per le ultime 10 pagine, più che altro ha combattuto contro la giungla...giapponesi pochi.

    Comunque bello.

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    Livio Roveda said on Apr 27, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    This book is real -- so real that you would rethink all the war movies you have watched -- including the HBO's The Pacific, where I got the name of this book. However, this is not my first Robert Leckie's book. I have read his Conflict: The History ...(continue)

    This book is real -- so real that you would rethink all the war movies you have watched -- including the HBO's The Pacific, where I got the name of this book. However, this is not my first Robert Leckie's book. I have read his Conflict: The History of the Korean War: 1950-1953. There is no glorious battle scene nor heroic deed in this book. It more of an observer and his reflections, day in and day out during some of the toughest battle environment (I would not say "battle") in the Pacific. It's a worthy good reading.

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    jhwangus said on Oct 15, 2010 | Add your feedback

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  • English Books
  • Softcover 320 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 009193754X
  • ISBN-13: 9780091937546
  • Publisher: Ebury Press
  • Publish date: 2010-05-06
  • Dimensions: 148 mm x 870 mm x 1,392 mm
  • Also available as: Paperback , eBook
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