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Posted December 14, 2001
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.
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Posted May 20, 2013
"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!