The Pacific

by Ambrose, Hugh.

Format: Book on CD 2010
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Penn Hills Library Audio Visual CD 940.54 AMB
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Unabridged CDs, 10 CDs, 12 hours
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In this companion to the HBO(r) miniseries-executive produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Speilberg, and Gary Goetzman-Hugh Ambrose reveals the intertwined odysseys of four U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy carrier pilot during World War II.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A project conceived by the late historian Stephen Ambrose and carried through by his son, this work tracks several marines and a navy pilot through WWII in the Pacific Ocean. If extant combat memoirs render several names in this group recognizable to serious WWII readers (and form the foundation of Ambrose's chronicle), a new HBO combat drama advertised on Super Bowl XLIV no less that debuts in tandem with the book will accord even wider renown to the warriors. Inhabiting the same volume, the main characters, nevertheless, enact separate narratives that cross intermittently in battles such as the harrowing amphibious landings on Peleliu and Iwo Jima and the ghastly campaigns on Guadalcanal and Okinawa. The account of the pilot is even more autonomous, because it is framed by aircraft-carrier warfare at Midway and elsewhere. Although structurally this work collects more than unifies the biographies, its author's original research, which textures the five individuals, should rekindle interest in Ambrose's sources classics in war literature such as Robert Leckie's Helmet for My Pillow (1957) or Eugene Sledge's With the Old Breed (1981).--Taylor, Gilbert Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this follow-up to his late father's Band of Brothers, which tracked a single army unit from Georgia to the battlefields of Europe, historian Ambrose turns his attention to the Pacific theater, following four individual marines and one Naval Aviator through their time in combat. The book opens with the Japanese invasion of the Philippines and the capture of U.S. Forces on the Bataan peninsula and Corregidor Island. First-hand accounts from U.S. combatants describe vividly the horrific conditions of the island-hopping campaign and the ferocity of the fighting, but also the lengths to which young men would go to join up: subject Eugene B. Sledge purposely flunked out of college to enlist in the Marine Corps. Captain Austin Shofner recounts the brutality of his internment in a Japanese prison war camp, his daring escape, fighting alongside Philippine guerillas, and his eventual repatriation with the U.S. Marine Corps. Ambrose also reveals how, at the time, many marines expressed contempt for Gen. MacArthur, receiving accolades back home while they made halting, bloody progress across such islands as Guadalcanal, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. Doing for the war against Japan what Band of Brothers did for the war against Germany, Ambrose's history effectively immerses readers in the Good War's second front. (Mar.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information."

Additional Information
Subjects United States. -- Marine Corps -- Biography.
United States. -- Marine Corps -- History -- World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Area.
Marines -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York, NY :Penguin Audio,2010
Edition Unabridged.
Other Titles Pacific (Television program)
Contributors Chamberlain, Mike.
Home Box Office (Firm)
Penguin Audio (Firm)
Participants/Performers Read by Mike Chamberlain.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
"The official companion audiobook to the HBO miniseries."
Compact disc.
Description 19 audio discs (24 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9780143145653 :
0143145657 :
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