Voices of the Pacific: Untold Stories from the Marine Heroes of World War II (Paperback)
A firsthand chronicle of United States Marine Corps actions in the Pacific
Following fifteen Marines from the Pearl Harbor attack, through battles with the Japanese, to their return home after V-J Day, Adam Makos and Marcus Brotherton have compiled an oral history of the Pacific War in the words of the men who fought on the front lines. With unflinching honesty, these Marines reveal harrowing accounts of combat with an implacable enemy, the friendships and camaraderie they found and lost and the aftermath of the war's impact on their lives.
With unprecedented access to the veterans, rare photographs, and unpublished memoirs, Voices of the Pacific presents true stories of heroism as told by such World War II veterans as Sid Phillips, R. V. Burgin, and Chuck Tatum whose exploits were featured in the HBO(r) miniseries, The Pacific and their Marine buddies from the legendary 1st Marine Division.
Includes rare photos
About the Author
Adam Makos is a journalist, historian, and author of theNew York TimesbestsellerA Higher Call. In his fifteen years of work in the military field, Makos has interviewed countless veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and present-day wars. He has flown a B-17 bomber and a T-38 fighter with the Air Force and was one of the few journalists to examine Air Force One with its pilots. The high point of his work occurred in 2008, when Makos traveled to Iraq to accompany the 101st Airborne and Army Special Forces in their pursuit of Al Qaeda terrorists. Marcus Brotherton is a journalist and professional writer known internationally for his literary collaborations with high-profile public figures, humanitarians, inspirational leaders, and military personnel. He has authored or coauthored more than twenty-five books including We Who Are Alive and Remain, A Company of Heroes, and Shifty s War, and is a coauthor of Call of Duty with Lt. Buck Compton."
“True—and terrifying—stories of combat.”—Dale Dye, military advisor for Band of Brothers and The Pacific
“First-person accounts of war with the same gut-level realism as the opening scene in Saving Private Ryan.”—Bob Welch, author of Resolve
“Imagine a last conversation with your father or grandfather who fought in WWII, only this time he tells you the stories he always held back. That’s Voices of the Pacific.”—Larry Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of Biggest Brother
“An impressive array of personal stories from the nightmarish fights on islands such as Guadalcanal, Peleliu, and Iwo Jima, all delivered in a simple, poignant narrative that readers will adore.”—Ian Gardner, author of Tonight We Die as Men
“Reading Voices of the Pacific is like listening in on a conversation between war buddies at a reunion—honest, unsanitized, and deeply humbling.”—Justin Taylan, historian, founder of Pacific Wrecks