- Taschenbuch: 304 Seiten
- Verlag: Dutton Caliber (1. März 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0451232267
- ISBN-13: 978-0451232267
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15 x 1,7 x 22,9 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 179.850 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Islands of the Damned: A Marine at War in the Pacific (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. März 2011
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“R.V. Burgin is one of those American boys who became a Marine—no small feat. He then went across the Pacific, returning home to Jewett, Texas only after helping to save the world. Read his story and marvel at the man... and those like him.”—Tom Hanks, Oscar-winning Actor and Star of Saving Private Ryan, Executive Producer of Band of Brothers and The Pacific
“An honest, straightforward memoir by an honest, straightforward man. Burgin has written an unforgettable, moving description of his experiences as an infantry Marine, from New Britain to Okinawa. The result is a classic combat account. I highly recommend this book.”—John C. McManus, Author of The Dead and Those About to Die and September Hope
“[A] well-written, excellently detailed personal narrative…Time is thinning the ranks of America’s Pacific War veterans. But Islands of the Damned is a taut, engrossing, haunting book that will help keep their accomplishments and enormous sacrifices alive.”—Dallas Morning News
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R.V. Burgin earned a Bronze Star for his actions in the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. He was the platoon sergeant featured in Eugene Sledge's classic memoir, With the Old Breed, and was portrayed by Martin McCann is HBO's miniseries The Pacific. He lives in Lancaster, Texas.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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This book was easy to read, flows very nicely, and isn't burdened by large amounts of historical data. It's personal account from the ground by a Marine who was really there. It does however, put into place the importance of the battles the author fought in.
In particular, I enjoyed the descriptions of living and fighting on the South Pacific islands. The book also contains the only example of a man using a bayonet in combat on any book I've ever read. Most importantly I think the book puts in perspective ghastly nature of the war in the Pacific, in particular the cave-to-cave fighting common among the campaigns.
Ironically, one of the major themes of the book is a love story. While I don't normally seek out this type of theme in a history book (or any other book for that matter), the author does a fine job of making his place in history far more personal by doing so. The best part is, it only amplifies this situation, without it distracting from the historical narration.
This book makes for an excellent companion to the classic With the Old Breed by EB Sledge. If you enjoyed this book you would this book and Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie...books I understand the mini-series The Pacific are heavily based on.
4¼ stars. A great read!
Burgin was a mortar squad leader on New Britain, Peleliu and Okinawa. He saw lots of action and his job as a squad leader required him to move with the riflemen as a spotter for his mortar team so he is in the thick of things quite a bit. He does actions worthy of the Silver Star, receives battle wounds and officially receives the Bronze Star and explains this in quite some detail. He also gives a solid description of his background, his exploits on Australia and a brief report of his after war activities.
Burgin is much more tough and the real-deal in his account when compared to his depiction in the HBO miniseries. He defies orders, threatens subordinates and even the higher ups if he feels they are not properly performing their duty and is very to the point in doing this. This characteristic also applies to his tenure in combat. Burgin is not only deadly with the mortar but he also uses the garand, .45 and bayonet with effectiveness and is open about doing so. Because of this I feel this memoir rises up to be one of the best I've read from a marine in the PTO. The rating of 4¼ was given because the writing at times does seem like a straight transcription of an interview with Burgin and isn't as intense as the writings of Sledge or Overton's GOD ISN'T HERE but it is still written clearly and accessible.
Burgin was one of several marines in K/3/5 featured in the Pacific. So far, there exists five other K/3/5 memoirs out there and the ones I've read are all exceptional. I mention those books and many others in all the lists I have of great war memoirs.
The audiobook is top notch. The reader is a younger gentleman so the book's descriptions sound more fresh and engaging, imo. The audiobook is rather short (~6 hrs 30 min) though but because I enjoyed the production so much I highly recommend that buyers consider the audiobook!
Self-plugging: I have a few lists about the best war/combat/medic/corpsmen memoirs that are the best, they're all kind of a big deal.
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