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Red Blood, Black Sand Audiobook

Red Blood, Black Sand: Fighting Alongside John Basilone from Boot Camp to Iwo Jima

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"In my judgment no combat veteran's memoir is better . . . and only a handful are equal." Stephen E. Ambrose

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    Warren Cary, NC, United States 04-16-14
    Warren Cary, NC, United States 04-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Long in the tooth, but great story of a US Marine"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Red Blood, Black Sand to be better than the print version?

    As an ex-Marine, I appreciate the detail but was more detail in front and at the end that was needed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gyst Basilone


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    Juventino Brooklyn, New York United States 09-09-17
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    "Highly recommended"

    Jocko Willink led me to this author!! Will definitely be reading more of his recommendations!

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    Anonymous 08-21-17
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    "Great book, sad when it ended."

    I have a lot of respect for all those that served in WWII. This is a fantastic account of Chuck Tatum's time in the Marines through Iwo Jima and some history after. I highly recommend it.

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    Nico 07-21-17
    Nico 07-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fabulous writing and true story of heroism."

    Makes you want to keep listening. His story is both moving and comical. Definitely worth the listen.

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    Luther A. Young Coastel Town SW Washington State 04-20-17
    Luther A. Young Coastel Town SW Washington State 04-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "GREAT ..."

    Fantastic book very well written and very riveting !! The book flows very well and keeps you excited. Knowledge of US Marines and IwoJima is beyond GREAT . Highly recommend !!!

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    C. Kenny 01-21-17
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    "not as good as helmet or old breed"

    it isn't told very well. it is repetitive and not great after listening to helmet or old breed.

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    Edward Chrisopulos 08-27-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Not good at all"

    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.

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    Ronald F. Romancik 10-01-15
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    "What a great book."

    Great book! I thought I had it bad in Vietnam until I listened to this book.

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    Ray McCoy 06-24-15
    Ray McCoy 06-24-15
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    "Best war memoirs i have ever read"

    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.

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    "A Must Read.!"

    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!

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