Don't get me wrong. I adore a long read and savor details. However, Hillenbrand goes on and on when three or four examples would suffice. The beginning of the book feels excessively drawn out for the setting up of the overall themes and metaphors that dominate the rest of the story. That being said, this story is incredible--a must read. Hillenbrand's writing is solid, neither pandering to the low level, mass market nor over-reaching in a wanna be Pulitzer grubber's style. Although the writing is overly long in the beginning and after the war ends, the actual telling of the rest of the story is superb and believable. Thanks for the good read.
This brought back many memories for me. Excellent narration and factual. A story everyone should listen to. Times were very different then.
My gratitude to Ms. Hillenbrand cannot be adequately expressed. The depth and detail of this work has not only taught, but has allowed me to feel and imagine beyond anything I ever expected or experienced before. Researching on my own about this marvelous author, I find myself even more moved and indebted.
Note, I will greatly miss Edward Herrmann.
The story kept my attention throughout the book. It was eye opening. I had not heard much about the Pacific theatre of WWII.
I wouldn't imagine ever going through what these men went through. if you want to talk about courage, it's there, leadership, it's there, faith, it is there. Outstanding story telling. MUST READ.