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:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
358,321
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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