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This book was easy to read, flows very nicely, and isn't burdened by large amounts of historical data.
Reading Islands of the Damned is like sitting on the front porch of Mr. Burgin's home in central Texas and hearing him tell you his story.
I read this book after reading EB Sledge's "With the Old Breed" and Robert Leckie's "Helmet for my Pillow."
If you want to understand what that awful experience was like, this will show you. The combat on these islands was appalling. Read morePublished 10 days ago by James W. Ireland
Outstanding book about the forgotten battle in the Pacific...Pelilu. The author give an accurate and gripping account of what the First Marine Division fought thru. Read morePublished 15 days ago by JMB
THESE BOOKS were the foundation for Steven Spielberg's "Pacific". All give the reader in site into the horrors of combat in the south Pacific. a must read for WWII history.Published 23 days ago by Terry Campbell
Wars are not fought this way any longer. This account was up close and personal. Everyone on edge. Danger always near. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Johnn Scott
interesting history told by one of the persons that lived it I would recommend it to any one interested in the history of W W IIPublished 1 month ago by David W. Sheetz
BEST BOOK ON WORLD WAR 2 I HAVE EVER READ!!!! Great detail and reasons the way it was written everything was perfectPublished 1 month ago by Pen Name
Burgin was in the same outfit as Eugene Sledge, author of "With the Old Breed..." Burgin clearly wrote his book as a reaction to Sledge's, as he makes several references... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cocinero
I'm truly amazed at how well this is put together, considering Burgin's age. I am young enough to be his son, yet I have trouble remembering many of my classmates in school. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Johnboy1
Burgin definitely immerses you into the events of WWII. Anyone who has ever listened to a Marine tell his story "So there I was...", will truly appreciate this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Norris