Voices of the Pacific: Untold Stories from the Marine Heroes of World War II

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These are the stories from fifteen WWII Marines, compiled by Adam Makos and Marcus Brotherton but left unfiltered and in the words of the Marines who were there. Unflinching, brutal, and relentless, Voices of the Pacific will leave a reader gasping for air and dumbstruck in awe of the old heroes who won the Pacific war with bare hands, bayonets, and guts.

The book presents accounts of heroism and honor as told by World War II veterans Sid Phillips, R.V. Burgin, and Chuck ...

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Overview

These are the stories from fifteen WWII Marines, compiled by Adam Makos and Marcus Brotherton but left unfiltered and in the words of the Marines who were there. Unflinching, brutal, and relentless, Voices of the Pacific will leave a reader gasping for air and dumbstruck in awe of the old heroes who won the Pacific war with bare hands, bayonets, and guts.

The book presents accounts of heroism and honor as told by World War II veterans Sid Phillips, R.V. Burgin, and Chuck Tatum—whose exploits were featured in the HBO mini-series The Pacific—and their Marine buddies from the legendary 1st Marine Division.

These Marines trace the action from the Pearl Harbor attack and intense boot camp training through battles with the Japanese on Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, and Okinawa, to their return home after V-J Day. With unflinching honesty, these men reveal harrowing accounts of combat with an implacable enemy, the friendships and camaraderie they found—and lost—and the aftermath of the war’s impact on their lives.

With unprecedented access to the veterans, never-before-seen photographs, and unpublished memoirs, Makos and Brotherton have forged Voices of the Pacific into an incredible historic record of American bravery and sacrifice.
 

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What People Are Saying

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“These are the true—and terrifying—stories of combat Marines struggling against a fanatical enemy on the far-flung islands of the Pacific. A powerful new book.”—Dale Dye, military advisor for Band of Brothers and The Pacific

“A fantastic, deeply moving collection of stories told by the men who were actually there.”—Alex Kershaw, New York Times bestselling author of The Liberator

“Imagine a last conversation with your father or grandfather who fought in WWII, only this time he tells you the stories he always held back. That’s Voices of the Pacific.”—Larry Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of Biggest Brother

“Like a Higgins landing craft, Voices of the Pacific rumbles to our literary shores without pretense to deliver first-person accounts of war with the same gut-level realism as the opening scene in Saving Private Ryan.”—Bob Welch, author of Resolve

“An impressive array of personal stories from the nightmarish fights on islands such as Guadalcanal, Peleliu, and Iwo Jima, all delivered in a simple, poignant narrative that readers will adore.”—Ian Gardner, author of Tonight We Die As Men

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“True—and terrifying—stories of combat.”—Dale Dye, military advisor for Band of Brothers and The Pacific

“First-person accounts of war with the same gut-level realism as the opening scene in Saving Private Ryan.”—Bob Welch, author of Resolve
 
“Imagine a last conversation with your father or grandfather who fought in WWII, only this time he tells you the stories he always held back. That’s Voices of the Pacific.”—Larry Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of Biggest Brother

“An impressive array of personal stories from the nightmarish fights on islands such as Guadalcanal, Peleliu, and Iwo Jima, all delivered in a simple, poignant narrative that readers will adore.”—Ian Gardner, author of Tonight We Die as Men
 
“Reading Voices of the Pacific is like listening in on a conversation between war buddies at a reunion—honest, unsanitized, and deeply humbling.”—Justin Taylan, historian, founder of Pacific Wrecks

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425257821
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 352,280
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Makos

Adam Makos is a journalist, historian, and editor of the military magazine, Valor. In his fifteen years of work in the military field, Makos has interviewed countless veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and present-day wars. He has flown a B-17 bomber, a T-38 fighter with the Air Force, and was one of the few journalists privileged to examine Air Force One with its pilots. In pursuit of a story, Makos has met with Presidents, had tea with Prince Charles, and toured the DMZ border in Korea with American troops. The high point of his work occurred in 2008, when Makos traveled to Iraq to accompany the 101st Airborne and Army Special Forces on their hunt for Al Qaeda terrorists. He is also the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller A Higher Call.
Marcus Brotherton is a journalist and professional writer known internationally for his literary collaborations with high-profile public figures, humanitarians, inspirational leaders, and military personnel. He has authored or co-authored more than twenty-five books including We Who Are Alive and Remain, A Company of Heroes, and Shifty’s War, and is the co-author of Call of Duty with Lt. Buck Compton.

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  • Posted April 4, 2013

    Think of the incredible battles and warriors throughout time, Ca

    Think of the incredible battles and warriors throughout time, Caesar's legionnaires, the crusaders, even the Minutemen patriots - what if you could hear stories from those men who fought shoulder to shoulder?

    200 years from now people will say the same thing about the Marines of WWII. And when they do, people will turn to this book. “Voices of the Pacific” allowed 15 veterans to speak, men who shared the same foxholes, and saw the same horrors from Guadalcanal to Okinawa.

    We are lucky that journalism is what it is today and that Makos and Brotherton recorded these stories. I highly recommend this book to anyone wants to know what the war in the Pacific was really like, as compared to Hollywood’s versions. Plus, it’s just plain inspiring to discover how these brave Marines overcame everything that was thrown at them!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

    ANOTHER GREAT BOOK BY THIS AUTHOR

    A truly riveting account of World War II in the Pacific. It touches the reader so deeply about a part of our history that should never be forgotten. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in World War II and obtaining a true picture of that time. Mr. Makos is a very gifted writer in every sense of the word in bringing to us the words and actions of these brave military personnel that actually took part in this theater of action.
    Thank you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

    A highly recommended reading for anyactive or inactive Marine

    As I read along I found the myself recalling my own years of experiences from my reasons for enlisting into the Corps, the endless training, going into combat in VietNam for the first time, and aftwards. The years between myself and these men seem to disappear into common experiences. I think any Marine will be able to relate to these "grunts". These are the men who served with those who have already written down their personal stories. They fill-in the blanks with their memories of that moment when Eugene Sledge first went into combat on Peleliu. I found that their honesty in telling their part of what really happened helpful in understanding the common bond we (Marines) share with each other. The name of the conflict changes, but the reason we "step-up to it doesn't. An excellent book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Highly Recommend!

    Riveting! Could not put the book down! Tells the story of what our Marines went thru in the Pacific during WWII! I liked it was in their own voices! Hard to imagine anyone going thru what they did!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    I just finished 'Voices' and enjoyed the book very much. It was

    I just finished 'Voices' and enjoyed the book very much. It was not another 'Higher Call' but was very enlightening. We have heard the stories behind the heroes with names like Puller and Basilone. This was the stories of the heroes behind the heroes. History tells us where, when and sometimes why battles were fought. 'Voices' gives us how they survived the battles. I found the stories of how they survived between the battles even more telling of what those young men had to endure when not on the front lines. Thank you to all the veterans for what you did and what you dealt with. Bob

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2013

    Terrific Book on our "MEN" fighting in the Pacific in WWII

    If you are looking for a book on the details of the Pacific battles from WWII, like Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Peleliu, then this is NOT the book for you, but if want the horrors and sights that our Men faced then by all means get this book. All the marines that contributed in this book were alive at the time of publication, there is a chapter included that has their thoughts of today title "The Last Words". Another one is the telling of John Basilone's death in the battle of Iwo Jima.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2013

    A great read. These are the stories our grandfathers never

    A great read.

    These are the stories our grandfathers never told us, about World War II. Raw, uncensored, horrific tales, true stories, told by the men who were there. Thanks to these World War II heroes, for re-living their history, baring their souls, and sharing their personal hells, one last time, their voices have been heard, and their stories will not be lost or forgotten.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 28, 2014

    Kyager repair

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  • Posted October 26, 2013

    Great book about the entire pacific war as far as the Marines part.

    This is a great book for all to read as it covers several different Marines stories as they fought their way through the Pacific Islands. As a Marine that served a long time ago 52-56 it brought back many memories of the Corp. Good book. Semper Fi to all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    This is the best book of the Pacific War I have read. It comes

    This is the best book of the Pacific War I have read. It comes directly from those guys that lived it day in and day out. It was especially moving form me as my Uncle John Rivers was killed in the battle of Tenaru and he is mentioned quite a bit in the book by the guys that fought there. Since he was killed before I was born, reading about him has brought me closer to him. My dad always told me I was named after him, hence the name John. John has become our family hero coming from such a sad background being raised in an orphanage, but making something out of his life by becoming a golden gloves boxer before enlisting in the Marines. I highly recommend this book you ever wanted t know what it was like to fight in the Pacific during WWII. Great book Adam and thanks for getting me in touch with some of the guys that served with my uncle. I now feel like I really know him and the type of guy he was and is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Please make another book

    This book is th best ive ever read

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  • Posted June 4, 2013

    When I first began reading I thought I had made a mistake by buy

    When I first began reading I thought I had made a mistake by buying it. After a few pages I changed my mind completely. I was a war baby born in August 1942 and have always be &quot;into&quot; those years. The war, music, dress, etc. I guess you could call me a student of WWII.
    This book was written like none of the dozens of Nook books stored on my Nook and tablet. All of the many Marines/G.I.'s who are interviewed give their impressions of the same battle, training, traveling, etc. in the same chapter. When reading books written by different first person authors you never see them very often telling what they saw or did on the same page. You would have to move from book to book to see that. This book shows all, tells all action by action on the same page and chapter.
    Very well written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    very good

    Marines tell it in a matter of fact way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

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    Thanks to Voices of the Pacific I discovered new heroes who live

    Thanks to Voices of the Pacific I discovered new heroes who live among us, men we can still meet on veterans day at a parade or at the VFW and we can have them meet our kids and shake their hands.



    Great Americans are around us, but not for long! This book provided a great reminder of the examples we need during these troubling times.

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  • Posted April 18, 2013

    Just finished reading this book and i couldn't put it down. I'm

    Just finished reading this book and i couldn't put it down. I'm a WWII history addict and have read hundreds of books , and watched countless movies on this subject and there's no way you can capture what these brave patriots of our country went through both physically and emotionally. This book puts you there! This book has you feeling the heat, sweat, and fears! I loved the series'The Pacific' diredted by Tom Hanks , and felt it was the last word on the war in the pacific, I was wrong! You can't go wrong with this masterpiece

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  • Posted April 16, 2013

    This book just arrived and I wanted to post a review early. I ju

    This book just arrived and I wanted to post a review early. I just started reading this book and I love how it was written from the veterans own experiences. As I was in the Army in the early Seventy’s I can relate to the basic training stories. This book is hard to put down. I highly recommend it. Adam Makos is a great writer; I know you will enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    My father is Jim Young. And I just wanted to thank Adam and Marc

    My father is Jim Young. And I just wanted to thank Adam and Marcus for creating this riveting book about the hell these heroes went through in the South Pacific. Its like there sitting right there with you telling these stories to you as if it happened yesterday. This is a book you will want to share with the whole family. Mark Young

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