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I'm Staying with My Boys: The Heroic Life of Sgt. John Basilone, USMC

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

BEST MILITARY BIOGRAPHY I'VE READ

Couldn't put this book down, author cleverly writes it in first person and Basilone was one of the GREAT heros of our country, long overdue that we finally read the true story of his heroism. Very well done, great facts, much emotion, highly recommended.

posted by Anonymous on September 6, 2004

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Good intentions but a slippery slope.

I have to start out with this review and say I do not agree with the total premise of this book. I have a vast collection of both autobiographical and biographical libraries, many on WW II. What the author has done here is take a fair amount of (in many cases previou...
I have to start out with this review and say I do not agree with the total premise of this book. I have a vast collection of both autobiographical and biographical libraries, many on WW II. What the author has done here is take a fair amount of (in many cases previously) researched material and put together a personalized account from the perspective of the (deceased) individual whom the book depicts.
What I find so engrossing about autobiographies, or well written biographies is that they get inside the mind of the subject and allow us to see what those experiences were for that person. Whether it would be a famous scientist, or as in this case, soldier, the thought processes of that individual are fascinating. In a case like the one being discussed here, having an author in essence creating the first person , without ever meeting the individual, puts this book in an entirely different genre. It is pure fiction, for the most part. In effect it is entirely opposite of what I would find so engrossing of a book of this sort. I suspect that it would be impossible for an individual who has never endured the experiences of the subject ( especially wartime) to put himself in that persons shoes and write an honest book. Any readers who have read Manchester's Goodbye Darkness, or Buzzell's My War: Killing Time in Iraq, knows where I am coming from.
Let me finish by saying with the passing on of this WW II era generation, it is now more important than ever that we do not fictionalize accounts of their heroic actions. I am sure that the temptation is great. But if we owe these people anything it is to portray their actions in a light that is true to them.

posted by dawetype on March 15, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2004

    BEST MILITARY BIOGRAPHY I'VE READ

    Couldn't put this book down, author cleverly writes it in first person and Basilone was one of the GREAT heros of our country, long overdue that we finally read the true story of his heroism. Very well done, great facts, much emotion, highly recommended.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2011

    Dwatts

    This book is very inspiring and should be read by everyone. Sgt. Basilone's story is riveting and suspenseful. During the course of the story, Proser did a very good job of covering all parts of the story. When Basilone and his men were bunkered down, there were many things going on, and all of those parts were covered at the same time flawlessly. There were times when I felt that the author would go into detail about things I felt weren't very important, such as a random marine's nbackground information. Overall, I liked the book. I like that it is a true story, and the comfort knowing that people like Sgt. Basilone are fighting to keep America safe. Anyone reading this book (or review) should keep in mind that this is a true story and some parts of it are graphic, but making this a story that needs to be told. This book is best for students in Middle School or above.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2010

    Great story of an American soldier

    I'm Staying With My Boys tells the true story of John Basilone. It follows his life from his school years to when he was on Iwo Jima. The author uses detail and first person perspective to show Basilone's life. The story is filled with emotion and it was difficult to put down. When he was with the army and marines, it was the only time he was satisfied with what he was doing. Basilone was a great soldier and one of America's heroes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2013

    A good book about a Marine who loved the Corps. Highly recommend it.

    It was strange reading a book about a person you know died in combat and to have it written in the first person. I really wasn't sure how it was going to be but it worked. Being a Marine 52-56 I knew of him before. The changes in time worked. I am not a fan of that because I loose my thought and had to remember where he was. A really good story of the men of that time in our country. I was in the Philippines in 1954-55 and could relate to his being there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Great

    A great read. Further evidence of real American patrism and love of country.

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  • Posted January 21, 2013

    A great read

    Gave to my husband for Christmas and he said this is a must read

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    Posted December 23, 2012

    Linzay

    My friend will go to him let me have you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    Great book

    Must read!!

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