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Charles

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  • Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Robert Leckie
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (101)

    Robert Leckie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In Helmet for My Pillow, we follow his odyssey, from basic training 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 sacrifices of war.

    Sean says: "A classic narrative of the Pacific War"
    "More Hijinks than History"
    Overall

    I am an avid student of World War II and have read literally hundreds of works involving "the war". With the coming to the HBO production "The Pacific" I read this work and was very disappointed.

    Leckie's writing style is superb. He spins a great yarn but he deals far too much with Marine liberty and not enough with combat experience. The book reminds me of "From Here to Eternity" in the thrust of the story. More content was spent on the "Great Debauch" in Australia than was spent of Guadacanal which preceded it. This book is not nearly as well done as Tregasis' "Guadacanal Diary" or "With the Old Breed" which was also used by HBO. If this is the text of Hanks' series it is not up to the "Band of Brothers" book he used earlier.

    The narrator was only fair in his attempts to put life into the story but overall, I was disappointed in the content of an otherwise well written book.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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