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Through These Portals: A Pacific War Saga | [Wayne C. MacGregor]

Through These Portals: A Pacific War Saga

This remarkably immediate memoir tells of the U.S Army's essential role in the Pacific campaigns alongside the Navy and Marine Corps. America's sons, born in the first quarter of the 20th century, were forged in the twin crucibles of the Great Depression and World War II. The values and attitudes of these mostly idealistic young males ultimately sustained them in horrific trials against incredibly courageous, and often suicidally-committed, Japanese soldiers blindly loyal to their superior officers and the Emperor.
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Publisher's Summary

This remarkably immediate memoir tells of the U.S Army's essential role in the Pacific campaigns alongside the Navy and Marine Corps. America's sons, born in the first quarter of the 20th century, were forged in the twin crucibles of the Great Depression and World War II. The values and attitudes of these mostly idealistic young males ultimately sustained them in horrific trials against incredibly courageous, and often suicidally-committed, Japanese soldiers blindly loyal to their superior officers and the Emperor.

MacGregor graphically describes the dire Depression years of 1930s America, when he grew up in Spokane, Washington. He then takes listeners through a heart-felt account of the war years and the savage, face-to-face small-unit actions in the Mariana Islands, the Philippines, and Okinawa from 1944 to 1945.

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"...[better reveals] the depths of horror that ordinary humans are forced to go through in the name of duty." (Spokesman Review)

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    cindilla Hartford, CT 12-17-14
    cindilla Hartford, CT 12-17-14
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    "The BEST"
    Where does Through These Portals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best...certainly the best true life war book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author


    Which character – as performed by James Killavey – was your favorite?

    Again...the author. Narrator did a very good job. Clear and conveyed emotion when called for without going over the top.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Title of book..Through These Portals.


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    The young men who enlisted or were drafted and sent to the Pacific theater thought they were going on "a great adventure." They left the U.S. as boys and, those who survived, came out battle hardened men who saw death many times and often inflicted death. The battle scenes in this book are as true to the the horrors of war the way it really is as any book I have ever read. And I've read a lot of them.Our country would not be what it is today if not for the sacrifice of all those incredibly brave men. The book is a raw and powerful look of what they had to go though to ensure freedom for the rest of us.This book is the best first person WW II book I've read. It is a must read for those who, like myself, want to know what the war in the Pacific was really like. My father was there but would never talk about it. Now I know why. He, and the many others who went though that hell were true American heroes but they simply did not want to relive, even for a moment, those awful memories. God bless you Dad, and God bless all our troops, past and present.

    41 of 41 people found this review helpful
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    Joe AZ, USA 03-27-15
    Joe AZ, USA 03-27-15
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    "Fascinating."
    Where does Through These Portals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the very best. Number two on my favorite list just behind The Wrong Stuff.


    What other book might you compare Through These Portals to and why?

    Never read a book like this so really can't compare.


    Which character – as performed by James Killavey – was your favorite?

    This was not a book of fiction so...the author, I guess. Reader did an excellent job. I got this book because I enjoyed his narration of The Wrong Stuff so much.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were a lot of them. Those were incredibly brave young men.


    Any additional comments?

    Was a wonderful and educational listening experience.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob 04-05-15
    Jacob 04-05-15
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    "Wonderfully detailed account."
    What did you love best about Through These Portals?

    Gave me a better appreciation of what my father the others members of the U.S. Army went through to preserve our freedoms.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Through These Portals?

    The night raid by the Japanese.


    What does James Killavey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Brought it to life. Very good reading.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Quite a few of them. Hard to pick out one.


    Any additional comments?

    Incredible heroism of these soldiers vividly brought to life in this book.You couldn't make this stuff up..no one would believe it.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    E. Wilson Georgia, USA 02-17-15
    E. Wilson Georgia, USA 02-17-15 Member Since 2011

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    The story was fine, I had to stop listening because the narrator was so distracting
    His speech pattern and odd pronunciation mad this the first book in years I have not finished.

    1 of 29 people found this review helpful

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