Helmet for My Pillow

Helmet for My Pillow

From Parris Island to the Pacific

eBook - 2010
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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 war's 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.nbsp;

nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 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 Leckie's 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 HBO's epic miniseries The Pacific , which will thrill and edify a whole new generation.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2010
ISBN: 9780553907483
0553907484
Branch Call Number: eBook

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Blinkyfrog
Aug 28, 2017

Leckie's background as a writer is clear in this well written, personal account of the realities of war with the Japanese in the Pacific. I had to keep a dictionary handy though, he had a wonderful vocabulary.
Any young person considering military service would do well to read this book. It dispenses with the 'glory' of war and expresses the fact of war on the ground. It doesn't discount the enemy as inferior but gives them full credit as hardened, well trained, courageous fighters. It doesn't shy away from the hate and misery that war creates, it doesn't glorify anyone... it tells an honest story that is neither great or terrible. I can't really say enough good about it so I'll finish by saying it is REAL.

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mask1000
Feb 28, 2012

This is one of the most well written books that I've ever read, The subject is brutal but the writing is superb. A remarkable eyewitness account of war and the skills to write it with the depth that only one who was there could convey. The equal of a good Michener, only this is a true story.

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Morde
Feb 24, 2012

An intelligent yet stark memoir. I was struck by the intelligence of the author as well as the horror he endured in his time of service. All is told with a humor that seems more like a mask to hide the scars still there from his experiences.

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