- Series: Modern Library War
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Modern Library; Modern library pbk. ed edition (May 30, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679640231
- ISBN-13: 978-0679640233
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 248 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the summer and fall of 1942, American Marines landed on the South Pacific island of Guadalcanal and began the slow, bloody work of defeating the Japanese empire. Their landing was significant not only for the outcome of World War II, but also for the conduct of war ever since, for the invasion of Guadalcanal marked the first time that a combined air, sea, and land assault had ever been attempted. It is for that reason that tacticians and military historians study the months-long battle today, and their primary guide to that conflict is Richard Tregaskis's extraordinary Guadalcanal Diary.
A volunteer combat correspondent, Tregaskis braved much danger to bring the story of the fighting to American readers. But he was not one to celebrate his own exploits, and in the pages of his book, he centers on the brave young men from all over the United States who fought and died in appalling numbers. His attention to detail yields arresting descriptions of attacks and counterattacks, of moments of low morale and of exaltation, of moments of quiet behind the lines and of sheer terror at the very point of engagement. Tregaskis's style is unadorned and matter-of-fact, and his present-tense narrative places the reader in the thick of the battle during those "hopeless weeks."
The direct literary ancestor of books of military reportage such as Mark Bowden's Black Hawk Down and Michael Herr's Dispatches, Guadalcanal Diary is an exemplary work of journalism, and as vivid a portrait of men under fire as has ever been committed to print. --Gregory McNamee
"A superb example of war reporting at its best."
--From the Introduction by Mark Bowden
"The book's secret is the simple secret of all good reporting--fidelity and detail." --Time
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war correspondents. Now I understand how tough it was for the Marines in the bloody battle and I fully understand the island war in the Pacific.
This book was obviously a true story of the Japanese Island War in the Pacific. Above and beyond bravery on both sides.
Tregaskis wrote down exactly what he saw and wrote about it in a perfectly readable way. WWII is now 70+ years into history and we can be proud
of what the military did for us in that era, It was a classic text book on how the US Marines and the US Navy went about winning that island war.
I was a member of that generation but was to young to participate, I would recommend this to any American Military or American citizen alike.
It should be textbook mandatory for all Navy and Marines. Semper Fi.
Thank you veterans for your service. (My uncle was a wounded Seabee in that battle} Thank you Jimmy for your service..
I was fascinated with my Marine uncle who fought on Iwo Jima and survived so I read everything about Marines and to me, their adventures. Tregaskis brought me to the reality of of the war then and again on the second reading. God bless the U.S. Marine.
The book offers great insight into the day to day events of the campaign that was the turning point of WW II in the Pacific.