Synopses & Reviews
The nightmares began for William Manchester 23 years after WW II. In his dreams he lived with the recurring image of a battle-weary youth (himself), "angrily demanding to know what had happened to the three decades since he had laid down his arms." To find out, Manchester visited those places in the Pacific where as a young Marine he fought the Japanese, and in this book examines his experiences in the line with his fellow soldiers (his "brothers"). He gives us an honest and unabashedly emotional account of his part in the war in the Pacific. "The most moving memoir of combat on WW II that I have ever read. A testimony to the fortitude of man...a gripping, haunting, book." --William L. Shirer
For the first time in trade paperback, the book in which one of the most celebrated biographer/historians of our time looks back at his own early life and gives us a remarkable account of World War II in the Pacific, of what it looked like, sounded like, smelled like, and, most of all, what it felt like to one who underwent all but the ultimate of its experiences.
Back Bay takes pride in making William Manchester's intense, stirring, and impassioned memoir available to a new generation of readers.
-- A book that will enthrall readers interested in the experiences and exploits of America's "greatest generation."
About the Author
William Manchester was a hugely successful popular historian and biographer whose books include The Last Lion
, Volumes 1 and 2, Goodbye Darkness
, A World Lit Only by Fire
, The Glory and the Dream
, The Arms of Krupp
, American Caesar
, The Death of the President
, and assorted works of journalism.