The Pacific

The Pacific

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Penguin Putnam

Penguin delivers you to the front lines of The Pacific Theater with the real-life stories behind the HBO miniseries.

Between America's retreat from China in late November 1941 and the moment General MacArthur's airplane touched down on the Japanese mainland in August of 1945, five men connected by happenstance fought the key battles of the war against Japan. From the debacle in Bataan, to the miracle at Midway and the relentless vortex of Guadalcanal, their solemn oaths to their country later led one to the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot and the others to the coral strongholds of Peleliu, the black terraces of Iwo Jima and the killing fields of Okinawa, until at last the survivors enjoyed a triumphant, yet uneasy, return home.

In The Pacific, Hugh Ambrose focuses on the real-life stories of the five men who put their lives on the line for our country. To deepen the story revealed in the miniseries and go beyond it, the book dares to chart a great ocean of enmity known as The Pacific and the brave men who fought. Some considered war a profession, others enlisted as citizen soldiers. Each man served in a different part of the war, but their respective duties required every ounce of their courage and their strength to defeat an enemy who preferred suicide to surrender. The medals for valor which were pinned on three of them came at a shocking price-a price paid in full by all.

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Penguin delivers you to the front lines of The Pacific Theater with the real-life stories behind the HBO miniseries.Between America's retreat from China in late November 1941 and the moment General MacArthur's airplane touched down on the Japanese mainland in August of 1945, five men connected by happenstance fought the key battles of the war against Japan. From the debacle in Bataan, to the miracle at Midway and the relentless vortex of Guadalcanal, their solemn oaths to their country later led one to the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot and the others to the coral strongholds of Peleliu, the black terraces of Iwo Jima and the killing fields of Okinawa, until at last the survivors enjoyed a triumphant, yet uneasy, return home.

In The Pacific, Hugh Ambrose focuses on the real-life stories of the five men who put their lives on the line for our country. To deepen the story revealed in the miniseries and go beyond it, the book dares to chart a great ocean of enmity known as The Pacific and the brave men who fought. Some considered war a profession, others enlisted as citizen soldiers. Each man served in a different part of the war, but their respective duties required every ounce of their courage and their strength to defeat an enemy who preferred suicide to surrender. The medals for valor which were pinned on three of them came at a shocking price-a price paid in full by all.

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Baker & Taylor
This companion to the HBO® miniseries focuses on the real-life stories of five U.S. armed servicemen who fought the key battles against Japan during World War II, from Bataan and Midway to Iwo Jima and Okinawa. 250,000 first printing.

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The HBO miniseries The Pacific chronicled the experiences of three US Marines who served in the Pacific during WWII. This companion book to the series offers additional information on these three men, plus two others who fought in the Pacific, drawing on military records, letters, journals, memoirs, and interviews collected for the series. Going beyond the miniseries, the book recounts personal lives and family dramas of small-town America of the period, along with epic battles of the war and survival in prisoner-of-war camps, allowing readers to glimpse the Pacific war as a whole through the eyes of five men of vastly different backgrounds. The book includes two sections of b&w historical photos. There is no subject index. Ambrose, historical consultant to the HBO miniseries, is former vice president of the National WWII Museum. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

A companion to the HBO miniseries focuses on the real-life stories of five U.S. armed servicemen who fought the key battles against Japan during World War II, from Bataan and Midway to Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
In this companion book to the HBO series on the war in the Pacific, historian Hugh Ambrose focuses on five American soldiers who each took an active role in the difficult and costly--in terms of lives--campaign to reach the Japanese mainland. Ambrose recounts key battles--Guadalcanal, Midway, Okinawa, and the lesser-known Peleliu--and he provides a soldier's eye view of the events, conveying the great valor and sacrifices of those in uniform.

Publisher: New York : New American Library, 2010
ISBN: 9780451230232
045123023X
Branch Call Number: 940.545973 Am18p
Characteristics: xviii, 489 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Pacific (Television program)

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enemyofthestate
Jun 08, 2015

a well written and researched book on a part of the second world war not widely known to most who study the conflict except those who specialize in the pacific war of 1941-1945

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Matthew412
Mar 25, 2015

Hard to read .... disjointed, brief short sentences. Gave a lot of print space to equipment problems, aircraft bombing battle "scenes" were scattered with "near misses", naval battles reported as positioning maneuvers versus actual fleet engagements, and ground fighting action lacked any sense of being able to engage the reader. Given the absence of the fighting mans' colorful and expressive vocabulary, it is surprising that the too frequently used expression of "the sh-- hitting the fan" was included at all.

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lukeooo2
Sep 18, 2011

the teveision series i think is better then band of brothers.

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Tashi
May 28, 2010

The television series was very weel done. Gritty and realistic.
Thought provoking.

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