Synopses & Reviews
A firsthand chronicle of United States Marine Corpsand#8217; actions in the Pacific
Following fifteen Marines from the Pearl Harbor attack, through battles with the Japanese, to their return home after V-J Day, Adam Makos and Marcus Brotherton have compiled an oral history of the Pacific War in the words of the men who fought on the front lines. With unflinching honesty, these Marines reveal harrowing accounts of combat with an implacable enemy, the friendships and camaraderie they foundand#151;and lostand#151;and the aftermath of the warand#8217;s impact on their lives.
With unprecedented access to the veterans, rare photographs, and unpublished memoirs, Voices of the Pacific presents true stories of heroism as told by such World War II veterans as Sid Phillips, R. V. Burgin, and Chuck Tatumand#151;whose exploits were featured in the HBOand#174; miniseries, The Pacificand#151;and their Marine buddies from the legendary 1st Marine Division.
and#160;Includes rare photos!
and#8220;Trueand#8212;and terrifyingand#8212;stories of combat.and#8221;and#8212;Dale Dye, military advisor for Band of Brothers
and The Pacific
and#8220;First-person accounts of war with the same gut-level realism as the opening scene in Saving Private Ryan.and#8221;and#8212;Bob Welch, author of Resolve
and#8220;Imagine a last conversation with your father or grandfather who fought in WWII, only this time he tells you the stories he always held back. Thatand#8217;s Voices of the Pacific.and#8221;and#8212;Larry Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of Biggest Brother
and#8220;An impressive array of personal stories from the nightmarish fights on islands such as Guadalcanal, Peleliu, and Iwo Jima, all delivered in a simple, poignant narrative that readers will adore.and#8221;and#8212;Ian Gardner, author of Tonight We Die as Men
and#8220;Reading Voices of the Pacific is like listening in on a conversation between war buddies at a reunionand#8212;honest, unsanitized, and deeply humbling.and#8221;and#8212;Justin Taylan, historian, founder of Pacific Wrecks
Now in paperback! The New York Times bestseller and war memoir from the commander of the legendary Band of Brothers??now with a new preface from Dick Winters.
They were called Easy Company?but their mission was never easy. Immortalized as the Band of Brothers, they suffered 150% casualties while liberating Europe?an unparalleled record of bravery under fire. Winner of the Distinguished Service Cross, Dick Winters was their legendary commander. This is his story?told in his own words for the first time.
On D-Day, Winters assumed leadership of the Band of Brothers when its commander was killed and led them through the Battle of the Bulge and into Germany?by which time each member had been wounded. Based on Winters?s wartime diary, Beyond Band of Brothers also includes his comrades? untold stories. This is a moving memoir by the man who earned the love and respect of Easy Company?and who is a hero to new generations worldwide.
About the Author
Major Dick Winters was born near Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1918. A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College in 1941, he was one of the initial officers assigned to Easy Company of the 101st Airborne. Winters jumped into France on D-Day and commanded the unit now known as the Band of Brothers. Promoted to Captain and then battalion commander, he led his men through the Battle of the Bulge and captured Berchtesgaden, Hitler's Bavarian retreat. Released from military service in November 1945, he returned briefly to active duty during the Korean War, then spent his life on a small Pennsylvania farm and was a highly successful businessman. Now eighty-six years old, Winters is popular on the lecture circuit and has found the peace and quiet he promised himself as he lay down to catch some sleep on June 6, 1944—D-Day.
Cole C. Kingseed is a thirty-year Army veteran who served in a variety of command and staff positions. He earned his M.A. in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College and his Ph.D. in history from Ohio State. He taught at West Point, where he served as chief of military history for four years. Kingseed is the author of thirty-seven articles on corporate and military leadership and such books as Eisenhower and the Suez Crisis of 1956 and Old Glory Stories: Combat Leadership in World War II. He is president of his own leadership consulting firm, The Brecourt Leadership Experience, Inc., whose clients, to name a few, include General Electric, FreddieMac, International Paper, and Bayer Corporation.