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Across the Dark Islands: The War in the Pacific

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ACROSS THE DARK ISLANDS

The War in the Pacific

Floyd W. Radike

Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Ret.)

“I remember sitting in a foxhole on Guadalcanal in the rain. The sergeant I shared the hole with shook his head and asked me: ‘What in the hell are we doing on this godforsaken island? Why don’t we let the Japs keep this stinking rock?’ I didn’t have an answer.”

The war in the Pacific has never been portrayed more honestly—or in prose more powerful—than in Across the Dark Islands. In this unflinching account, Brig. Gen.Floyd W. Radike remembers how he started his military career in the mud and mayhem of Guadalcanal, fighting a campaign as crucial to the war’s outcome as it was chaotic and cruel.

Here is no whitewashed view of that war or the men who waged it. Here instead is the sobering story of a junior officer in a National Guard unit suddenly shipped off to the front lines, disdained by “regular army” elitists who served beside him, and given second-class status so that others could earn headlines and promotions. While struggling to survive amid dirt and disease, routine and monotony, Radike endured harrowing missions incompetently, arrogantly, or just impatiently planned.

As no book ever has, Across the Dark Islands reveals shocking details removed from myth and sentimentality: how American commanders were intimidated by the Japanese stereotype of fearlessness, night attacks, and cries of “banzai” . . . how imitations of John Wayne heroics caused immediate death . . . threats of court-martial quieted accusations of Army injustice . . . and panic and flight destroyed a fight for the enemy’s Munda Field airstrip, an event that “disappeared from the record and appears in no official history.”

Emerging from the hellish conditions and military miscalculations is a tribute to common sense, courage, and respect for proper procedure, attributes that would help the author and soldiers like him to save their lives, succeed in battle, and win the war. From Guadalcanal to the Philippines to a planned invasion of Japan ended by the atom bomb, General Radike’s experience spanned the entire course of the pivotal Pacific theater conflict. Candid and cautionary, his memoir is an important work whose writing rivals that of classic novels like James Jones’s The Thin Red Line and Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead. It should be read by anyone looking to join an army or wage a war.

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A candid account of a soldier's experiences during the Second World War describes his arrival at the front lines as a junior officer in a National Guard unit, the near-misses he survived due to military incompetence and impatience, and his witness to the courage of fellow officers. Reprint.

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After World War II, the late Floyd Radike returned to his home in Michigan where he was a career educator, teaching in Detroit. In 1949 he rejoined the Michigan National Guard (he originally enlisted in 1933) ultimately rising to the rank of brigadier general. He retired in 1975. Across the Dark Islands is his only book.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307414465
Subtitle:
The War in the Pacific
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Radike, Floyd W.
Author:
Floyd W. Radike
Subject:
History : Military - World War II
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Military
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Biography-Military
Subject:
Military-Rack
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20041026
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
272

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Military
History and Social Science » Military » General History
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History and Social Science » Military » World War II » General

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Product details 272 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780307414465 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A candid account of a soldier's experiences during the Second World War describes his arrival at the front lines as a junior officer in a National Guard unit, the near-misses he survived due to military incompetence and impatience, and his witness to the courage of fellow officers. Reprint.
"Synopsis" by , After World War II, the late Floyd Radike returned to his home in Michigan where he was a career educator, teaching in Detroit. In 1949 he rejoined the Michigan National Guard (he originally enlisted in 1933) ultimately rising to the rank of brigadier general. He retired in 1975. Across the Dark Islands is his only book.

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