I watched the tv series, and after that I decided to get to know Eugene a little bit, through his book. Eugene was a man who fought against the Japanese, and during the (probably) worst war that our world ever faced. He was a simple boy, but his book is one of the most important pieces that just tell a bad story. Thanks to him I could understand how soldiers lived, what they felt and what really happened in the Pacific. I suggest this book to everyone who wants to know just as I did. It is "crude", but true....Continua
E.B. Sledge, in what some call the best description of combat soldiering ever written, gives a harrowing account of his WWII Marine service. He describes his entire journey--from training, to first invasion, to battle-hardened veteran.
Sledge is a sensitive and intelligent young narrator, one who is eager to serve his country. He crafts his account carefully, never quick to judge, always appreciative of the glimpses of valor and nobility he sees amongst his fellow Marines.
Sledge does not flinch from describing atrocities committed by American as well as Japanese soldiers--nor does he apologize for them. Desperate times result in desperate actions, and his description of the Pacific war's hellish and nightmarish conditions make one begin to appreciate that desperation. Almost miraculously, Sledge survives. Even more wonderously, he survives as a human being and gentle man, despite his extended immersion in war's barbarity....Continua