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The Last Parallel: A Marine's War Journal (Englisch) Taschenbuch – April 1999

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  • Taschenbuch: 333 Seiten
  • Verlag: Fromm International Publishing Corp.,U.S.; Auflage: 1st Fromm International Ed (April 1999)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0880642378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880642378
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2,5 x 14,6 x 21,6 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.5 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (8 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 986.483 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Synopsis

This account of Russ' experiences as a Marine in Korea offers a realistic look at combat.

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Praise for The Last Parallel
"One of the most gripping stories of combat ever told." —The New York Times

“A very legitimate, sinewy, authentic war book.” —J.D. Salinger

"The Last Parallel is about the best account of combat I have read. One could even rate it as a higher achievement in some respects than that classic, The Red Badge of Courage ...." —John P. Marquand, Book-of-the-Month Club News.

"Ranks top among combat soldiers' war records of all time .... makes continuously absorbing reading." —Fred T. Marsh, New York Herald Tribune

"The best book to come out of the Korean war." —C.D.B. Bryan, Saturday Review

"Magnificent .... The only book I have ever read that evoked the gut-clutching quality of this war." —Chicago Tribune

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I bought this book in 1955. I served a combat tour just previous to the author's tour of duty. I knew the USMC's mission during this maelstrom; more so, I read this book with a very scutinizing eye. Martin Russ presented an absolutely true and literary picture of the grunt Marine--in trench warfare.The heated fire-fights, the quick/short ones and the boredom of waiting, plus the side trips to tedium too.Not to forget the mental burden the mud Marines had to endure under a new trend of ... positional warfare, implemented by a tired and harassed President, running the war from the Oval office.Russ demonstrates ever so clearly, how war by committee, is sheer folly and madness to the combatants, whom must do the bleeding and dying. I was especially elated about his visionary acumen about how the, Japanese girl of that era, was defined by by this man of letters. Russ penned a perfect projection about R+R in Japan. Sad to say,to most of us,R+R was a nonpareil experience never to be repeated. I'm very glad this is a re-print to when I purchased the original released in 1955. Martin Russ knows his [USMC] War in Korea. This tome is about the mud/Marine in Korea..buy it !! Lock-n-Load and Semper Fidelis.
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The Last Parallel is one of the great combat memoirs; Russ provides the reader with a "you-are-there" experience, thoroughly illustrating the constricted, bottom-up view of the Marine infantryman. The unique, static environment of the Korean War at the time of his participation, and the intense, dangerous, night-time patrolling activity that occupied much of his time is well detailed. The book contains reproductions of numerous sketches and drawings he made in his journal, illustrating particular features, locations and incidents. While very simple, they add considerably to the context and are a unique element, further drawing the reader in. If you are at all interested in the Korean War, or the experience of the foot solider, then The Last Parallel is worth your time. Finally, it is, in moments, extremely funny. The source of the humor is often self-deprecating, or drawing on the absurd human circumstances that accompany war. Of course, war is not funny, but people, and soldiers, can be, and Russ has a talent for illustrating those moments.
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So difinitive of the Korean War was this book, that I had my lead character in my Signet Classics novel, A Few Good Men, reading it while on a train headed to San Francisco, where he would catch a flight to Japan and eventually Vietnam. Martin Russ captured the war with such craft that you'll feel like you are there. This is a writer, who is his unique style, is in league with the greats. Read this book, before you read Martin Russ's latest, Breakout.
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Sgt. Russ gave a very interesting and realistic account of the static situation we faced during the approximate two years it occurred, but I felt he wandered a lot. While I have every confidence that the events were accurate, they varied little from each other. Perhaps the lack of actual advances and redrawals of any significance made it seem repetitive.
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