I had read the authors first book "With the Old Breed" and thought it was the best book of its kind I had ever read, so naturally I had to read China Marine. This one seemed shorter than the first, and I read the whole thing quickly, and was not disappointed. I think "Sledgehammer" had a unique perspective on his time in China as well as more time to reflect on not just what was happening around him, but also within him as a result of witnessing the horrors of war. This comes out very well in China Marine as Sledge describes his experiences in context of where he has been and where he knows he needs to go (back to a "normal" civilian life). One thing that stood out to me was the authors appreciation for everything around him. The beauty of China, his fascination with the people and the good friends he made while there.
The epilogue was my favorite part as I thought it was the most personal, and provided additional insight into the mind of a great man. He talked about moving on, but also the lasting impacts of the war. His disdain for people complaining about trivial unimportant things, and what worked for him to accept (not forget) what he had been through.