Helmet For My Pillow

Helmet For My Pillow

eBook - 2017
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Robert Leckie, one of America?s greatest military historians, was both an eyewitness and participant to some of the greatest battles in the Pacific. This is Leckie?s vivid account of combat and survival in World War II. In January 1942, in the aftermath of the infamous Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the United States Marines Corps. From boot camp in Parris Island to the bloody war in the Pacific, Robert Leckie experienced it all. The booze, the brawling, the loving on sixty-two-hour liberty; the courageous fighting and dying in combat as the U.S. Marines slugged it out, inch by inch, island by island across the Pacific to the shores of Japan.
Publisher: [S.I.] : ibooks, Inc., 2017.
ISBN: 9781588244116
1588244113
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Blinkyfrog
Aug 28, 2017

Leckie's background as a writer is clear in this well written, personal account of the realities of war with the Japanese in the Pacific. I had to keep a dictionary handy though, he had a wonderful vocabulary.
Any young person considering military service would do well to read this book. It dispenses with the 'glory' of war and expresses the fact of war on the ground. It doesn't discount the enemy as inferior but gives them full credit as hardened, well trained, courageous fighters. It doesn't shy away from the hate and misery that war creates, it doesn't glorify anyone... it tells an honest story that is neither great or terrible. I can't really say enough good about it so I'll finish by saying it is REAL.

mask1000 Feb 28, 2012

This is one of the most well written books that I've ever read, The subject is brutal but the writing is superb. A remarkable eyewitness account of war and the skills to write it with the depth that only one who was there could convey. The equal of a good Michener, only this is a true story.

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Morde
Feb 24, 2012

An intelligent yet stark memoir. I was struck by the intelligence of the author as well as the horror he endured in his time of service. All is told with a humor that seems more like a mask to hide the scars still there from his experiences.

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