"I feel like I should have a campaign ribbon for Pelelin and Okinawa. I have shared the fox hole. I have felt the heat. It is the closest thing to being there. After reading the book my buddies in K-3-5 are real. It has to be among the best works of its kind. The forgotten soldiers tell one story. These Marines are remembered,"--William J. Ikeriran, Univ. of North Alabama
"The book is a superb supplementary text for any American survey course or class on World War Two."--Daniel P. Murphy, Hanover College
"It is a fine text to use for WWII--and for combat studies."--Perce C. Mullen, Montana State Univ.
"Classic....Should be required reading for all students, especially now that we are once again unleashing the dogs of war."--John F. Cox, University of Arizona
"In what may be his finest feat as a critic, Fussell introduces the reader to a hitherto unsung but remarkable author named Eugene B. Sledge....This book richly merits a wider audience....The searing honesty of [Sledge's] words makes them...a fitting epitaph for the ordeal that began in Danzig fifty years ago."--Newsweek
"One of the finest memoirs to emerge from any war."--Paul Fussell, in Wartime
"Among the thousands of soldiers' stories, I am haunted by one from the Pacific War....[Sledge's account is] one of the most arresting documents in war literature."--John Keegan, in The Second World War
"Although rendering his war experiences is "painful," the effort to bring them to the "folks back home" is ultimately worthwhile if not necessary....In every word appear Sledge's urgency of purpose, the immediacy of his experience of war, and the mark of that on his character. I am not alone in claiming this memoir to be the most comprehensive--and scathing, compelling, sorrow-laden--rendering of the marine infantryman's experience in World War II."--Sewanee Review
"One of the most important personal accounts of war that I have ever read. I believe that it will become a classic, and will be read and cited as long as the Pacific campaign is remembered."--John Keegan
About the Author
E.B. Sledge, who served in the First Marine Division in World War II, is now Professor of Biology at the University of Montevallo in Alabama.
Paul Fussell, Donald T. Regan Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, is the author of many books, including The Great War and Modern Memory and Wartime.