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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (146 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Leckie Narrator: Johnny Helle Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Written by Robert Leckie, whose wartime exploits are featured in the Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg HBO miniseries The Pacific, Strong Men Armed is the perennial bestselling classic account of the United States Marines’ relentless drive through the Pacific during World War II. As scout and machine-gunner for the First Marine Division, Leckie fought in all its engagements until his wounding at Peleliu.

In Strong Men Armed, Leckie uses firsthand experience and impeccable research to re-create the nightmarish battles of the Pacific campaign—from Guadalcanal to Okinawa—as ships, men, and guns moved over vast distances to fight an enemy that was willing to defend to its last man. This masterful narrative is the whole sweeping epic of the Marines who battled—and won—on the bloody beaches at Guadalcanal, the unforgiving reefs at Tarawa, the rain-soaked mud of New Britain, the dark gray soil and deadly caves of Mount Suribachi, and the muddy slopes of Shuri Castle on Okinawa.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maryellen | 11/30/2013

    " Incredibly fast paced history of the Marines in the Battles of the Pacific. Robert Leckie's writing is economic, gut wrenching and poetic. He communicates the brutality of war while never straying from the human. I recommend this to anyone who wants a primer on the Pacific War. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nat | 5/18/2013

    " Robert Leckie has a way with words that will never cease to amaze me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary Wescott | 2/4/2013

    " My Dad had me read this book, and I can't believe I gave a book so hard to get into 5 stars! The whole first half was strictly military logistics. But then the second half was sooooo good. I grew to LOVE these men! A true Must Read, (If you can get through the first half!) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Thomas | 10/2/2012

    " Chock-full of the manly things Marines say to each other. "

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Author Robert Leckie

Robert Leckie (1920–2001) served in the 1st Marine Division during World War II. After the war, he worked as a reporter for the Associated Press, the New York Journal American, the New York Daily News, and other newspapers. During his lifetime, he authored more than forty books on American war history, including March to Glory, The Battle for Iwo Jima, and The Wars of America: From 1600 to 1900.