In 1944, the U.S. Marines were building the 5th Marine Division - also known as “The Spearhead” - in preparation for the invasion of the small, Japanese-held island of Iwo Jima. . .
When Chuck Tatum began Marine boot camp, he was just a smart-aleck teenager eager to serve his country. Little did he know that he would be training under a living legend of the Corps - Medal of Honor recipient John Basilone, who had almost single-handedly fought off a Japanese force of three thousand on Guadalcanal.
It was from Basilone and other sergeants that Tatum would learn how to fight like a Marine and act like a man - skills he would need when he hit the black sand of Iwo Jima with thirty thousand other Marines.
Red Blood, Black Sand is the story of Chuck’s two weeks in hell, where he would watch his hero, Basilone, fall, where the enemy stalked the night, where snipers haunted the day, and where Chuck would see his friends whittled away in an eardrum-shattering, earth-shaking, meat grinder of a battle.
This is the island, the heroes, and the tragedy of Iwo Jima, through the eyes of the battle’s greatest living storyteller, Chuck Tatum.
©2012 Chuck Tatum (P)2014 Tantor
"In my judgment no combat veteran's memoir is better . . . and only a handful are equal." Stephen E. Ambrose
As an ex-Marine, I appreciate the detail but was more detail in front and at the end that was needed.
I felt there was too much corny humor, and useless dialog. author views himself as a witty writer rather than someone who was re-calling his experiences. It took away from what could have been a powerful story.
This book was written as tough Chuck was having a conversation with the reader. I love that method of writing. It is real, genuine, and down to Earth. The narrator of the audio book had a very nice, "folksy" voice that was pleasant to listen to. I recommend this to anyone wanting to get a great feel of what happened at Iwo Jima.
Dare to dream...
Chuck Tatum delivers the emotion of combat. This book is a classic. You don't have to be a vet to feel the emotions in this work. However, for those of us who have been under fire, those who have witnessed the human disease of war, this book will come alive to stir the soul. The narration of Norman Dietz is superb, and really compliments the work put into this book. God bless you Chuck Tatum!
Yes. If you enjoy war memoirs this is one of the best.
Well written first hand account from a soldier that was there.
I enjoy reading history and good historical novels.
Low. You cannot beat Sledge's With the Old Breed
Favorite? It's all about Tatum. I really wanted to know more about Basilone as the title implies and there's hardly anything about Basilone.
Not really-- the book was lost in the tedious performance.
I feel that there is more understanding of the situations when they are performed by people of the age of these boys that were sacrificed. This was like patiently listening to gran pa tell a very, very long story. Again, Sledge's book and Helmet for my Pillow brings the real life of what they went through.
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