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

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

by Adam Makos, Marcus Brotherton


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From the bestselling author of A Higher Call and Spearhead comes an unflinching firsthand chronicle of the heroic US Marines who fought on Guadalcanal, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, and in other pivotal battles during the Pacific War, a classic book now expanded with new stories from the flyboys overhead and the home front at war.

Following fifteen Marines from Pearl Harbor, through their battles with the Japanese, to their return home after V-J Day, Adam Makos and Marcus Brotherton have compiled an oral history of the Pacific War in the words of the men who fought on the front lines. With vivid, unforgettable detail, these Marines reveal harrowing accounts of combat with an implacable enemy, the camaraderie they found, the friends they lost, and the aftermath of the war's impact on their lives.

With unprecedented access to the veterans, rare photographs, and unpublished memoirs, Voices of the Pacific presents true stories of heroism as told by such World War II veterans as Sid Phillips, R.V. Burgin, and Chuck Tatum—whose exploits were featured in the classic HBO miniseries The Pacific—and their Marine buddies from the legendary 1st Marine Division.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780593185315
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/06/2021
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 156,182
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Hailed as "a masterful storyteller" by the Associated Press, Adam Makos is the author of the New York Times bestseller Spearhead, the critically acclaimed Devotion, and the national bestselling classic A Higher Call. Inspired by his grandfathers' service, Adam chronicles the stories of American veterans in his trademark fusion of intense human drama and close-up military action, securing his place "in the top ranks of military writers," according to the Los Angeles Times. In the course of his research, Adam has flown a WWII bomber, accompanied a Special Forces raid in Iraq, and journeyed into North Korea in search of an MIA American serviceman.  

Marcus Brotherton is a journalist and professional writer known for his collaborations with high-profile public figures, humanitarians, inspirational leaders, and military veterans. He has authored or coauthored more than twenty-five books including We Who Are Alive and Remain, A Company of HeroesShifty's War, and Call of Duty.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 We're in It Now 1

2 Eyeball to Eyeball 15

3 The Test of Wills 43

4 Rest and Respite 73

5 The Green Inferno 94

6 Misery 130

7 The Hellhole 140

8 New Islands, New Blood 160

9 Here We Go Again 182

10 Black Smoke, White Sand 192

11 The Days of Heat and Fury 213

12 Assault Across the Bay 228

13 Into the Hills of Hell 239

14 Back to the World 254

15 Island X 263

16 The Last Island 296

17 The Land of Mud and Death 311

18 The Wasteland 325

19 The Last Mile 335

20 Coming Home 350

21 The Lives We Lived 362

22 The Last Words 385

Bonus: The Home Front During the War Years 395

Acknowledgments 413

Index 415

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