John Basilone was a Marine legend who received the Medal of Honor for holding off 3,000 Japanese on Guadalcanal and the Navy Cross posthumously for his bravery on Iwo Jima.
©2009 James Brady (P)2009 Oasis
This book was not at all what I had expected. It seemed to me the author was trying to find fault in what John Basilone said,or didn't say and whether it was true or not true. I would not recommend this book. I am sure John Basilone was a great Hero and a man to admire, but I don't think this book does him justice.
A incredibly poor book filled with assumptions and conclusions not seated in fact. Written by a newspaper man (definition: Those who can't do will write and be critical about events they know nothing about). The only redeeming part of this book, the epilogue (and I'm being kind) is the only part worth reading, and that not so much.
Was very disappointed with this book. The structure was all over the place. It just presumes you already have read all the other works on Basilone; namely the works of Robert Leckie and This is another thing that bothers me. The whole book is just a mash of books from other people and the author's comparing them for inaccuracies or just plain nit picking minor military details as if he were almost there. The author was a Marine as well, but years after Basilone and makes sure to bring his time in service into comparison many times. Why? I thought this book was about John Basilone. The few solid points brought up in the book (yes there actually are some very good points) are lost in appreciation to the reader who has to consistently sift through Brady's witch hunt for errors from other's works. There were less theories on the JFK assassination than Brady's theories on Basilone's service record. Being generous with my stars but overall I found the best part of the audiobook, was the narrator.
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