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China Marine

An Infantryman's Life After World War II
Narrated by: Dan John Miller
Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
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China Marine is the sequel to E. B. Sledge's critically acclaimed memoir, With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa.

Picking up where his previous memoir leaves off, Sledge, a young marine in the First Division, traces his company's movements and charts his own difficult passage to peace following his horrific experiences in the Pacific. He reflects on his duty in the ancient city of Peiping (now Beijing) and recounts the difficulty of returning to his hometown of Mobile, Alabama, and resuming civilian life haunted by the shadows of close combat.

Distinguished historians have praised Sledge's first book as the definitive rifleman's account of World War II, ranking it with the Civil War's Red Badge of Courage and World War I's All Quiet on the Western Front. Although With the Old Breed ends with the surrender of Japan, marines in the Pacific were still faced with the mission of disarming the immense Japanese forces on the Asian mainland and reestablishing order. For infantrymen so long engaged in the savage and surreal world of close combat, there remained the personal tasks of regaining normalcy and dealing with suppressed memories, fears, and guilt.

©2002 Jeanne Sledge (P)2017 Tantor

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"A quite satisfactory conclusion to its thoroughly satisfactory predecessor." ( Booklist)

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The mispronunciation of the venerated “corpsman” as “corpse man” is breathtakingly disrespectful. If Sledge were alive he’d excoriate this performance for that reason alone.

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poor performance

Hard to listen to when the narrator mispronounces words. Common Marine terms and proper nowns that are misspoke are like nails on a chalkboard to one who has worn the uniform. The story was good, and explains much of Sledgehammers time after combat ended. Things he wrote about hit close to home with my own experiences.

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Excellent. but..

I wish the bastard reading pronounced corpsman correctly. instead of coresman. Other than that, excellent reading.

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Very good. Almost as good as his first book!

I highly recommend reading his first book before reading this book. Both books are worth reading!

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Great

Great companion to With The Old Breed. This is a continuation of the story of a WWII combat MARINE of the 1st MARINE Division who survived Peleliu and Okinawa.

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