- Hardcover: 260 pages
- Publisher: Valor Studios; 1st edition (May 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615336833
- ISBN-13: 978-0615336831
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 141 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You'll Be Sor-ree!: A Guadalcanal Marine Remembers The Pacific War (Military History) 1st Edition
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"For anyone who cares about the human dimension of war--its cost and its heroism--Sid Phillips' book is a must-read . . ." ----KEN BURNS, Emmy award-winning filmmaker
"We have an extraordinary opportunity now to recognize perhaps THE key player, if there is one, if there's ONLY one key player, he might at the very top of the pyramid . . . a native of Mobile, Alabama, a man who appears over and over in our series . . . Dr. Sid Phillips." ----TOM HANKS, Executive Producer, The Pacific
"Like his life-long friend, Eugene Sledge, Sid Phillips speaks to us in these enchanting memoirs in his natural voice, engaging and modest, full of insight and intelligence, but ever alert to the lighter side of even the most dismal human circumstances. And like any great story teller, he leaves you wishing to hear a great deal more." ----RICHARD B. FRANK, Author of Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle
About the Author
We have an extraordinary opportunity now to recognize perhaps THE key player, if there is one, if there's ONLY one key player, he might at the very top of the pyramid . . . a native of Mobile, Alabama, a man who appears over and over in our series . . . Dr. Sid Phillips. --TOM HANKS, Executive Producer, The Pacific
Dr. Sidney Phillips was born Sept 2, 1924, and enlisted in the USMC the day after Pearl Harbor because the Marines promised to put him "eyeball to eyeball" with the Japanese. Two years later, he had come home a hero. Together, Sid and his brothers in the legendary 1st Marine Division won the first epic victory of the war, saved Australia, and stopped the Japanese juggernaut in the Pacific. Today, Sid is a figurehead for the WWII generation, having become internationally-known after his role in Ken Burns' documentary, The War, and the Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg/Gary Goetzman miniseries, The Pacific.
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As such a "sea story" collection it will round out anyone's collection of WW-II stories and is a great companion to With the Old Breed and China Marine, written by his friend and fellow Marine, Eugene Sledge.
Phillips tells about his induction into the US Marines, his battle experiences at Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester as well as numerous experiences of his day to day military life, his lifelong friendships, his life after the war and the philosophy of life which kept him sane during and after the war.
He was a boyhood friend of Eugene Sledge, author of the excellent book, With The Old Breed, but Sid's book doesn't even belong on the same shelf with Sledge's book.
While this book does cover the author's personal experiences on Guadalcanal, it is more an autobiographical diary of his Marine experience. He never wrote it to be published but it grew in size and popularity so it became in demand.
It's a good book, with more emphasis of the few enjoyable times in war, which like my uncle was all he would tell us. The pain, sorrow and suffering is to hard to relive.
The are man to man stories about the experiences of these Vets and the horrible conditions they fought in and also first hand details about what the war was really like with Japan.
Did you all know that Japan never had to pay any money back to the free world for the people they killed and the damages they caused? In fact they only have less than a sentence in their Jap History books about the war and only 4 or 5 words talk about the horrible massicure that occured in "The Rape of Nan King" when the Japanese went into China and killed over 300,000 Chinaese women, children and older people.
If you have not read this book buy it, It is a horror filled book that all need to read,
Then maybe we will not be so anxious to go to war.
I could only read a few pages at a time of this book written by a Japanese woman because of the details she gives. But it is a part of History we must NEVEr let be forgotton
Dr. Philips style is wonderful, he speaks with such good humor- it makes the horror he went through at 17 all the more horrifying.
He isn't grotesque in his descriptions of the brutal warfare through most of the book (though he doesn't candy coat it by any means) So when he DOES describe those two or three harrowing moments it is sickening and heartbreaking.
I would suggest this book to anyone and everyone- we can't forget what these men did- and this book is such a good introduction into that Theater of the war.
Thank you to all the veterans from every war. You deserve nothing but honor and our deepest gratitude. And a personal thanks to Dr. Philips- this book rekindled my desire to learn more about this war, to know what is was like in a better sense.
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