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My Father's War: A Son's Journey Hardcover – June 16, 1996


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1ST edition (June 16, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684800403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684800400
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,767,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Richmond was only seven when his dad was killed in an accident, but he knew that his father had been a war hero. Richmond, a sports writer and author of Ballpark: Camden Yards and the Building of an American Dream, set out to discover the story behind that two-word description. He researched official war histories, and his dad's letters, interviewed those who knew his dad in the Marines, and visited the sites of the three major battles his father fought in the Pacific, at Guadalcanal, New Britain and Peleliu. Included too are his own childhood memories of his dad at home in Westchester County. A cogent and informative memoir.

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This intensely personal account of three WWII battles in the Pacific as reconstructed by the son of a Marine captain who fought in them is less about war than about a boy's memories-however fleeting-of a long-gone father. Richmond (a sports writer and author of Ballpark) was seven in 1960, when his father, a paper company executive, was killed in an airplane crash in Brooklyn. One of the most important things the boy knew about him was that he was a war hero. Here, based on official histories, old letters, conversations with his father's former buddies and actual (often rather comic, if macabre) visits to present-day Guadalcanal, New Britain and Peleliu, Richmond comes to know the man his father was when he was a 26-year-old commander of G Company, Second Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, First Marine Division. Other memories include home life in Westchester County, N.Y., (which Richmond calls "Cheeverish") and visits to the family farm, where the senior Richmond could pursue his passion for collecting snakes (an idiosyncrasy remembered by just about everyone Peter interviewed). The strongest chapter deals with Peleliu, a senseless slaughter-on both sides-that Richmond feels has been purposefully forgotten by Marine historians. Though clearly heartfelt, this memoir ends up being more informative than moving.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 1996
Format: Hardcover
This well written and moving account of a son's efforts to know his long deceased father connects on two levels: first through the emotional story of the discovery of his father's lion-sized deeds during wartime as relayed by the men he commanded and served; the second, a very interesting account of the land war in the Pacific campaign. The author captures perfectly the conflicting feelings of pride and fear when he realizes the magnitude of his father's accomplisments and then compares those with his own, less-than-legendary life. This excellent book will appeal to both men and women. In a day when our leaders, at the highest levels, seem constantly to choose expediency over principle, this great story of character, in contrast, lifts the spirit. One wonders if that generation, and its values and grit, are lost forever
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a well written work and is a wonderful tribute from a son to a father. The author, who really did not know his father all that well due to an untimely death, traces his father's accomplishments during WWII in the Pacific. The author has done a good job of this. Individuals such as the author's father numbered in the thousands and their deeds have long been forgotten, if indeed, they were ever known. I do have to admire Peter Richmond for doing the right thing. It was also gratifying to note the author, at some point, came to realize just how much more his father had accomplished in his short life that the author had and how much more significent the father was. I cannot help but wonder what the father would have thought of the son now, had he, the father lived. The book is filled with interesting, first hand accounts of action in the Pacific and the author has been quite good about giving credit where credit was due. All in all a good read and I do recommend it.
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By Mario Scacco on May 4, 2013
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I bought this book because my father also served in the Pacific on some of the same islands that Tom Richmond fought on. Peter Richmond is a really good writer, and captured a lot of the sense of the action, along with the human drama. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to read more about the Pacific War.
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Format: Hardcover
I have read this book many times. I enjoyed it with my great uncle's descriptions of what WWII was like. I didn't know about him at first but when I saw my father, Christopher Richmond, I asked who it was written by and he said, My uncle. I was astonished that I was related to him. Either way the book is fantastic and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in a 1st person view of WWII
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