Using the same grunt's-eye-view narrative style of Sloan's acclaimed Brotherhood of Heroes, The Ultimate Battle is the full story of the largest land-sea-air battle ever waged by the United States, a battle whose staggering casualties and take-no-prisoners ferocity led Truman to drop the atomic bomb on Japan. From April through June 1945, more than 250,000 American and Japanese lives were lost, including those of nearly 150,000 civilians who either committed suicide or were caught in the crossfire. This book tells a gripping story of heroism, sacrifice, and death.
©2007 Bill Sloan; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
The Ultimate battle is the story of the invasion of Okinawa, the last major battle of the second world war, also the costliest in terms of casualties. The author gives the overall story of both the American offensive strategy as well as the Japanese defense. Yet he still brings in the individual stories of the Marines, Sailors and Soldiers who did the actual fighting. Overlying the tales of heroism is the fear that this was only to be a prelude to an even deadlier battle to come - the invasion of the Japanese home islands. The battle for Okinawa was like no other battle in the war; "The Ultimate Battle" brings that home in a gripping and telling manner that deserves to be heard.
Overall the book was great: well written, covers every aspect of an important historical battle. Only downside was the author's source use. Out of two Marine divisions that fought on the ground, the author only uses a couple sources from K/3/5, 1 Mar Div (the guys from 'The Pacific' TV series that have numerous books written. Not even sure the material was from interviews he conducted personally...), really would like to get more and previously unheard perspectives, rather than those that have already been written.
A very precise detail of Battle in the Pacific. I love it and would recommend this Book to others.
Had an uncle and two first cousins (both old enough to have been my parent) who faught in the Pacific; all wounded in battles. Another uncle was MIA in North Africa. I very much appreciate books such as this one that do an exemplary job of documenting the horrors of war and honoring the sacrifices of "The Greatest Generation."
As former Marine, who spent several days on Okinawa during the Vietnam War. I now have a better understanding of the true heroes who died there. I visited the Marine Corps monuments on the beaches and found the numbers of Marines who died there very hard to imagine. I now have a much broader understanding of their struggle to survive that horrible place, and their place in American history.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narration was excellent. Highly recommend this audiobook for history buffs. This is a very good account of an all but forgotten battle.
Don't miss this book if you are into military history. Sloan brings to life the heroic men of the Marines of K 35 as if you were there with them.
Narration is good and engaging. As with most books relating to Army/Marine operations in the Pacific Theatre, the Marines get most of the detailed attention. The Japanese side of the conflict is lacking. Most of the narrative is anecdotal accounts of the tactical action.
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As much as I like Robertson Dean as a narrator, even he couldn't save this book. I listened to this book for eight grueling hours before I gave it up. It is too depressing and I don't recommend it for anyone.
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