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4.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 5 4.67 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Manchester Narrator: Barrett Whitener Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN: 9781455186822
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The nightmares began for William Manchester twenty-three years after World War II. In his dreams he lived with the recurring image of himself as a battle-weary youth “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.

In this intensely powerful memoir, America’s preeminent biographer-historian, who has written so brilliantly about World War II in his acclaimed lives of General Douglas MacArthur (American Caesar) and Winston Churchill (The Last Lion), looks back at his own early life. He offers an unrivaled firsthand 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A strong and honest account…Manchester’s combat writing…stands comparison with the best.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Compelling…No other living author could have gotten it all down so well.”

    New York Daily News

  • “Belongs with the best war memoirs ever written.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Gripping…It is impossible for an American to read this book without pride in what his country accomplished in those days of enormous challenge.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “When Manchester speaks of the awesome heroism and hideous suffering of the Marines he lived with and fought with, he is reverent before the mystery of individual courage and gallantry.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “Narrator Barrett Whitener…knows how to keep the writer in the limelight, letting the fun come from Manchester’s style and content. Whitener’s quiet manner sometimes morphs to a whisper in a delivery perfect for a warrior’s memories. Although this is an entertaining memoir, it also serves as an excellent history of the Pacific Campaign.”


  • A 1981Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Nonfiction
  • ANew York Times bestseller in 1980 for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 4/4/2011

    " I was going to rate this book four stars until I came upon the last few pages, and it sums up in those pages what this country has become! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ted | 3/5/2011

    " William Manchester and Paul Johnson are simply without peer
    among modern historians. Goodbye Darkness is my favorite
    work on the war in the Pacific. And Paul Johnson's Heroes is
    a book to be treasured. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 2/22/2011

    " Detailed account of America's war effort in the Pacific in WWII. Must reading for anybody interested in beginning to understand the scope of self sacrifice endured by the greatest generation and the human strife associated with our hard won liberty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 1/15/2011

    " Manchester was a great historian and first class writer. He may have been excising his personal demons with this work. I read this in the 1980s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 9/29/2010

    " as full of itself as its title would suggest, but fantastic nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frances | 9/24/2010

    " Wonderful read if you are a war buff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise | 6/21/2010

    " Amazing narrative about WWII in the Pacific. By the same author as The World Lit Only by Fire "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 6/3/2010

    " It is rare that I read a book twice but this memoir of a WW II marine is very powerful and worth the time. William Manchester is a wonderful author and historian. I should read more of his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 4/22/2010

    " Probably one of the most heart-felt, and authentic accounts of the Pacific War that I've ever read. The utter lethality of those last island battles really comes home. "

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About the Author

William Manchester (1922–2004) was an award-winning American author, biographer, historian, and a professor emeritus of history at Wesleyan University. Among his many New York Times bestselling books are A World Lit Only by Fire; The Glory and the Dream; American Caesar; Goodbye, Darkness; and The Last Lion, a multivolume biography of Winston Churchill. He was also a recipient of the National Humanities Medal and the Abraham Lincoln Literary Award.

About the Narrator

Barrett Whitener has been narrating audiobooks since 1992. His recordings have won several awards, including the prestigious Audie and six Earphones Awards. AudioFile magazine has named him one of the Best Voices of the Century. He lives in Washington, DC.