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Helmet for My Pillow
Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific | Robert Leckie
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Here is one of the most riveting first-person accounts ever to come out of World War II. Robert Leckie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In Helmet for My Pillow we follow his odyssey, from basic training on Parris Island, South Carolina, all the way to the raging battles in the Pacific, where some of the wars fiercest fighting took place. Recounting his service with the 1st Marine Division and the brutal action on Guadalcanal, New Britain, and Peleliu, Leckie spares no detail of the horrors and sacrifices of war, painting an unvarnished portrait of how real warriors are made, fight, and often die in the defense of their country. From the live-for-today rowdiness of marines on leave to the terrors of jungle warfare against an enemy determined to fight to the last man, Leckie describes what war is really like when victory can only be measured inch by bloody inch. Woven throughout are Leckies hard-won, eloquent, and thoroughly unsentimental meditations on the meaning of war and why we fight. Unparalleled in its immediacy and accuracy, Helmet for My Pillow will leave no reader untouched. This is a book that brings you as close to the mud, the blood, and the experience of war as it is safe to come. Now producers Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and Gary Goetzman, the men behind Band of Brothers, have adapted material from Helmet for My Pillow for HBOs epic miniseries The Pacific, which will thrill and edify a whole new generation. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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One of the memoirs upon which Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg based the miniseries The Pacific. Clear-eyed, unvarnished first hand account of a Marine serving during WWII at Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester and Peleliu.

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SerenaCrawford
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Great history book.

KCofKaysville Great book, I agree. 2y
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heyhaleyjames
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I'm in love with this book. Again, total history buff. And WWII is a time that I can't learn enough about. The men and women who have served, or are currently serving, hold a special place in my heart. If you want a new perspective on what our military went through, this book is for you ❤💙

KCofKaysville Really good. Obsessed with true WW2 memories 2y
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LilithSaintcrow
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Odd Trundles is sobered by the simple, clear prose. He needed much cuddling after some of the battles were read. (So did I.)

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scottgotplot
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I most liked his honest reflections about instances in which his selfishness ruled the day but I was expecting more from this book. I wanted to be inspired by his experience and it just didn't happen.