Hero of the Pacific: The Life of Marine Legend John Basilone

Hero of the Pacific: The Life of Marine Legend John Basilone

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by James Brady
     
 

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"A carefully reported, briskly written book . . . that could go a long way toward correcting . . . historical oversight."
— Los Angeles Times

In the summer of 1943, John Basilone became one of the most famous and admired people in America. Having been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for extraordinary bravery under fire at Guadalcanal, the

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"A carefully reported, briskly written book . . . that could go a long way toward correcting . . . historical oversight."
— Los Angeles Times

In the summer of 1943, John Basilone became one of the most famous and admired people in America. Having been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for extraordinary bravery under fire at Guadalcanal, the young Marine toured the nation with movie stars, shared podiums with mayors and governors, and was even rumored to have made a romantic connection with a beautiful actress.

Why would a man who had proven his courage beyond any doubt and was reaping the rewards of his service beg his commanding officers to break with tradition and send a Medal of Honor winner back into combat? In Hero of the Pacific, Marine Corps veteran and bestselling author James Brady tells the dramatic life story of a small-town boy who found his purpose on two of World War II's most hellish battlefields and became a national hero, only to fade from memory after his death on Iwo Jima. You may never have heard of John Basilone, but once you read this powerful tale, you will never forget him.

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"Sergeant John Basilone and his fellow Marines held off a Japanese night attack on Guadalcanal during the Americans' first clash with the fierce Imperial foot soldiers during WWII. Badly outnumbered, the men killed hundreds of the Japanese with heroism and firepower, resulting in Basilone being awarded the Medal of Honor. The late James Brady, a Marine lieutenant himself in the Korean War, examines the life and legends of this humble and famous Marine. Narrator Grover Gardner makes this account of leadership and heroism most enjoyable with his seemingly innate ability to render the written word into an engaging audio narrative. Gardner knows the foreign vocabulary of the Pacific theater, making himself a credible surrogate for the author as he commemorates a brave comrade he never knew." 
J.A.H. © AudioFile Portland, Maine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470535554
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
12/04/2009
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
521,025
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

The late James Brady commanded a Marine rifle platoon during the Korean War and was awarded a Bronze Star for valor. He authored eighteen books, among them several on the Marines, including the nonfiction Why Marines Fight and the New York Times bestselling novel The Marines of Autumn.

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Hero of the Pacific: The Life of Marine Legend John Basilone 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Ibid More than 1 year ago
A hero like Basilone deserved a lot better than this hackneyed attempt at a monograph (it's barely a biography and I won't insult historians by calling this a history). It reads more like an author's notes than an actual finished product. What's worse is it is an author who clearly has an ax to grind. For whatever reason,(perhaps the foresight not to entrust such a story to an old magazine hack), the Basilone family made themselves mostly unavailable to the author and therefore suffers his unrelentless attacks. The book is researched....um, well, I guess it is - I mean we have the author's notes, complete with questions and nitpicking details (wrong boots on the bronze statue - seriously?)...it's hard to say how well researched because we get everything the author read just dumped on the page without a filter or educated evaluation. 90 year old eyewitnesses are taken to task because their memories and recollections don't always jive with each other's - its this type of amateurish ridiculousness that would have led me to throwing this crap across the room, except I was reading it on my Nook (found a problem with the e-reader revolution - no frustrated throwing of books...) At his "best", the author sounds like an old ex-Vet sitting at a Legion bar and nitpicking Hollywood's newest war movie (I'm related to one - I am well versed in how much fun that is)...at worst he sounds like a vindictive old man who should have left one less book behind.
Gator_Sailor More than 1 year ago
This book is about a REAL hero but if you are looking for a book that paints a picture of what it was like in a fierce battle than this book is NOT the one to buy. I was disappointed in this book...expecting to learn more about Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima (where John was killed)...instead I found these sequences relatively short and sweet and when presented, filled with uncertainty leading the reader to somehow decipher the true events (if the author can't do it than how are we supposed to do it?). More than 50% of the book is about John's time in Australia (after the battles on Guadalcanal) and back in the states (after the battle on Guadalcanal where he fought in a battle that led him to win the medal of honor)where he participated in war bond rallies. All was interesting, but very little "action" and Mr. Brady felt compelled to present a wide variety of view points with respect to "what really happened" in the various battles. The presentation around John's death on Iwo Jima was particularly frustrating to read...he'd share one persons view and then "rip it apart with commentaries stating why that point of view was not valid"...at which point I found myself asking...if it was not a valid perspective why did you present it in the first place? Then he would do the same with another 4 or 5 perspectives...I guess he felt like it was more accurate to report all views rather than one...for me it was aggravating...I was expecting for Brady to be able to tell the reader. This is a disappointing book (after reading 5 other books by Mr. Brady)...this one was perhaps the biggest disappointment of all...regrettably it is his last book (he died shortly after finishing the book...according to the preface). If you want a book that helps you understand the battles on Guadalcanal and what is was like to be a Marine in those battles....I would suggest this is NOT the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it seems the author is more interested in discrediting previous writings and family recollections than in praising the exploits of the marine he wrote about. contradicting statements and accounts with minutia based upon his being a former marine makes one wonder why he bothered to write this.
Flee More than 1 year ago
This book was not up to Brady's usual standards. It was disjointed and less informative than I expected. I would not recommend this book.
wandererDE More than 1 year ago
Anyone who labels the medal The Congressional Medal of Honor is likely to tell people it is "WON" like a gold ring on a merry-go-round or a lottery. I refuse to buy this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Brady writes and gives you the impression that you can see and feel the fighting of the Marines on Guadalcanal. He also allows you the insight of how the homefront felt about their heroes. Mr. Basilone was just a "regular guy" that stepped up to do the out of the ordinary task during the war. Makes you wish you could have met the guy. To Mr. Basilone and to other Marines then and now............Semper Fi Lickson20
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