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Guadalcanal Diary (Modern Library War) Paperback – May 30, 2000
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With a new Introduction by Mark Bowden--renowned journalist and author of Black Hawk Down--this edition of Guadalcanal Diary makes available once more one of the most important American works of the war.
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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
--From the Introduction by Mark Bowden
"The book's secret is the simple secret of all good reporting--fidelity and detail." --Time
- Publisher : Modern Library; Modern library pbk. ed edition (May 30, 2000)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0679640231
- ISBN-13 : 978-0679640233
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.1 x 0.53 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #58,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #90 in Military Strategy History (Books)
- #391 in American Military History
- #435 in World War II History (Books)
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I loved the book and would recommend it to anyone interested in American operations in the Pacific during World War II.
Tregaskis went on to cover the war in Italy (where he received a head wound that left a metal plate in his head) the push out from Normandy, Korea, and Viet Nam.
His personal story is also interesting. He was 6 feet six or seven; rail thin; a diabetic who carried some early instructions on diabetic treatment in his knapsack on Guadalcanal. He had to eat a lot to maintain his weight--tough to do on Guadalcanal in the early going; he had a size fourteen foot--tough to get boots that size in the USMC supply chain in 1942.