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Written by Robert Leckie, whose wartime exploits are featured in the Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg HBO miniseries The Pacific, Strong Men Armed is the perennial bestselling classic account of the U.S. Marines' relentless drive through the Pacific during World War II.

As scout and machine-gunner for the First Marine Division, Leckie fought in all its engagements until his wounding at Peleliu. In Strong Men Armed, Leckie uses firsthand experience and impeccable research to re-create the nightmarish battles of the Pacific campaign---from Guadalcanal to Okinawa---as ships, men, and guns moved over vast distances to fight an enemy that was willing to defend to its last man. Here is the whole sweeping epic of the Marines who battled---and won---on the bloody beaches at Guadalcanal, the unforgiving reefs at Tarawa, the rain-soaked mud of New Britain, the dark gray soil and deadly caves of Mount Suribachi, and the muddy slopes of Shuri Castle on Okinawa. It is a masterful narrative by a writer the New York Times praised as possessing the "rare gift of capturing all that is human in the most inhuman of man's activities."

©1990 Robert Leckie (P)2010 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Raw, heartbreaking, and superb." ( Christian Science Monitor)

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  • 12-10-13

The best book on the subject

Where does Strong Men Armed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

All of Robert Leckie's books on the subject are fascinating but for me this one ranks the highest. It's comprehensive in the journey through the Pacific conflict and tells the story through the eye of the fighting men. It is very disturbing and very moving but for readers of military history, no one puts you so directly into the experience of the soldiers who made that history. (I would love to read an equivalent from the Japanese perspective.)

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Great story

Outstanding overview of the Marines in WWII. It covered all significant actions in vivid detail yet provided great strategic overview. Highly recommended

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  • Charles
  • LYNDON STATION, WISCONSIN, United States
  • 11-18-12

Strong Men Armed.

This is another Good Book of WW ll. If you like History and WW ll this is a must Book for you. I found it to be very interesting and would recommend it to anyone.

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Best USMC pov of WW2

I thought it would be a story told from the pov of the author but it was so much more. A complete 'salty' recap of the marines battling their way across the pacific.

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A little violent...

This is a great example of mans inhumanity towards each other.
Marines will always persevere!

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Amazing Chronicle

This is as good as it gets. Covering every aspect of the Marines in the Pacific along with the Navy and most of the flyboys. A contrast to Leckie's memior. I listened to it twice back to back. I will again. What bravery and tenacity. I can only feel reverence towards these men!!!

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Great Book

This is a truly great book. It get down to the grunts. This book tell how the individual MARINES fought, died, overcame, conquered and won the battles of WWII from Guadalcanal to Okinawa. Worth it.

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Excellent big picture look at Pacific Theatre.

While other books on WW2 have more in-depth looks at individual islands (as Eugene Sledge's "With the Old Breed" does with Peleilu and Okinawa), I always wanted a good comprehensive book of all the islands to see the bigger picture -from the Marines point of view. That last one is important. I'm thankful I found this.

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A must get!!!

I have listened to this book at least 10 times in a 3 year period. Very detailed without becoming monotonous. The narrator was awesome. Being a retired United States Coast Guard veteran, I was able to pick out one mistake. My service received its first Medal of Honor at Guadalcanal by Douglas Munroe, not Donald Munroe. Other than that, spot on, captivating book.

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Strong men armed part 2

This was a well written and interesting book covering different areas of the conflict which have not been written about by other authors.