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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,984 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hugh Ambrose Narrator: Mike Chamberlain Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this companion to the HBO® miniseries—executive produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and Gary Goetzman—Hugh Ambrose reveals the intertwined odysseys of four US Marines and a US Navy carrier pilot during World War II.


Between America's retreat from China in late November 1941 and the moment General MacArthur's airplane touched down on the Japanese mainland in August of 1945, five men connected by happenstance fought the key battles of the war against Japan. From the debacle in Bataan, to the miracle at Midway and the relentless vortex of Guadalcanal, their solemn oaths to their country later led one to the Great Marianas turkey shoot and the others to the coral strongholds of Peleliu, the black terraces of Iwo Jima and the killing fields of Okinawa, until at last the survivors enjoyed a triumphant, yet uneasy, return home.In The Pacific, Hugh Ambrose focuses on the real-life stories of the five men who put their lives on the line for our country. To deepen the story revealed in the miniseries and go beyond it, the book dares to chart a great ocean of enmity known as the Pacific and the brave men who fought. Some considered war a profession, others enlisted as citizen soldiers. Each man served in a different part of the war, but their respective duties required every ounce of their courage and their strength to defeat an enemy who preferred suicide to surrender. The medals for valor which were pinned on three of them came at a shocking price-a price paid in full by all.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Melissa | 2/17/2014

    " This book has really sparked an interest in me to read more about John Basilone's life. It took me a while to get through this one because at times I got distracted with a lot of military jargon details, but the last two acts seemed to pass in a flash. I haven't seen the miniseries; should I? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Alana | 2/13/2014

    " I didn't think this was very well-written, I found myself cringing at how I would have written certain passages differently. But I did like learning about the men and their experiences, despite the writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kevin | 2/12/2014

    " This is not an easy read at all but worth the time to really understand the daily lives of the soldiers that fought the battles of the pacific theatre during WWII. as with any ambrose, hugh did impeccable research and used several acknowledged books as sources. terrific job. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Doug Hauser | 2/5/2014

    " It was a good book because I just love ww2 books. It is not the best of books that I have read. "

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