Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyHammel has written the most comprehensive popular account to date of what was essentially the first major counteroffensive against the Japanese in World War II and exposes controversial aspects often passed over. He discusses at length, for example, the poor intelligence-gathering efforts of the Marines before the Guadalcanal landing, the temporary abandonment of the First Marine Division by the Navy, and the meddling of Admiral Kelly Turner in the tactical deliberations of Marine Gen. A. A. Vandergrift. Although Hammel vividly describes the air and naval battlesequal in importance to the ground operationshe focuses on the hard-pressed Marine infantrymen and gives a good account of the heroics of individuals now regarded as legendary in the Corps, such men as ``Manila John'' Basilone, ``Red Mike'' Edson and ``Chesty'' Puller. Hammel is author of The Root: The Marines in Beirut. Photos. Military Book Club main selection. (March)
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Guadalcanal: Starvation Island based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I loved this book. What really got me was the breakdown into the lower levels of command of the units, particularly the 1st Marine Raiders. Many times, the battle accounts are at the company level or lower. And the author doesn't leave out the air and sea battles going on simutaneously. There also are some great maps and pictures to help you understand the terrain and battle better. I would recommend this book to anyone who's serious on learning about the Battle of Guadalcanal and feeling what the the men who fought there went through.
"Starvation Island" is the definitive book on Guadalcanal. When read in context with "Decision at Sea" and "The Carrier Battles" the full impact of this first strike against Imperial Japan becomes evident. The men of the First Marine Division now rank in history with other elite units who were drawn into desperate do or die last stands for their countries. The First Marine Division emblem is now and forever emblazoned with the preeminent constellation of the southern hemisphere that of the Southern Cross, it was under this constellation that this battle was fought. Also, inscribed is the name that will forever be coupled with Marine Corps lore that of Guadalcanal on its big Red One. "Guadalcanal: Starvation Island" will not disappoint its reader!