With the Old Breed - E.B. Sledge

With the Old Breed

By E.B. Sledge

  • Release Date: 2007-05-01
  • Genre: Military
5 Score: 5 (From 1,178 Ratings)

Description

“Eugene Sledge became more than a legend with his memoir, With The Old Breed. He became a chronicler, a historian, a storyteller who turns the extremes of the war in the Pacific—the terror, the camaraderie, the banal and the extraordinary—into terms we mortals can grasp.”—Tom Hanks

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In The Wall Street Journal, Victor Davis Hanson named With the Old Breed one of the top five books on epic twentieth-century battles. Studs Terkel interviewed the author for his definitive oral history, The Good War. Now E. B. Sledge’s acclaimed first-person account of fighting at Peleliu and Okinawa returns to thrill, edify, and inspire a new generation.

An Alabama boy steeped in American history and enamored of such heroes as George Washington and Daniel Boone, Eugene B. Sledge became part of the war’s famous 1st Marine Division—3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. Even after intense training, he was shocked to be thrown into the battle of Peleliu, where “the world was a nightmare of flashes, explosions, and snapping bullets.” By the time Sledge hit the hell of Okinawa, he was a combat vet, still filled with fear but no longer with panic.

Based on notes Sledge secretly kept in a copy of the New Testament, With the Old Breed captures with utter simplicity and searing honesty the experience of a soldier in the fierce Pacific Theater. Here is what saved, threatened, and changed his life. Here, too, is the story of how he learned to hate and kill—and came to love—his fellow man.

“In all the literature on the Second World War, there is not a more honest, realistic or moving memoir than Eugene Sledge’s. This is the real deal, the real war: unvarnished, brutal, without a shred of sentimentality or false patriotism, a profound primer on what it actually was like to be in that war. It is a classic that will outlive all the armchair generals’ safe accounts of—not the ‘good war’—but the worst war ever.”—Ken Burns

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Reviews

  • Forever proud and humbled by all our veterans

    5
    By Momii313
    Raw, Riveting, and Reality at its best. Thank you veterans - for your service and personal sacrifice. We are a grateful nation.
  • Insightful

    4
    By Bdude24
    Having read many books set in this time period, found the s a refreshing, first-hand micro level story. Rather than highlighting large pieces on the chessboard, focused on one brave Marine's experience.
  • With the Old Breed

    5
    By BJHanlon
    In this spare and gripping memoir, EB Sledge was as fine a writer as he was a patriot and hero.
  • Great Read

    5
    By Paulippoi
    Shows the real was minus the supposed glory. Great read.
  • WITH THE OLD BREED

    5
    By Mihsjdjndbjsj
    The world would probably be a safer place if everyone alive would read this book. The simple savagery. The waste of lives. The countless toll that this war took on all sides is put on paper with this book. Excellent read.
  • Great read

    5
    By Killjoynew
    It's nice to read about the military experiences from the individuals that fought the battles.
  • With The Old Breed

    5
    By gravetoshallow
    This book is by far the best war memoir ever written. To read and try to understand the brutal hellish conditions these Marines faced on a day to day basis in combat on Peleliu and Okinawa is something that should be remembered and shared for generations to come. For, they are the greatest generation. Semper FI!
  • Powerful narrative of the Pacific War and the limits of Endurance

    5
    By The most famous
    This is not a polished work, crafted by a professional writer. It's a straight forward narrative, stripped of all glamour, concepts of glory, and of all similar notions. Full acknowledgement should be given to the horror of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but no one should condemn the decision to drop the bomb without first reading and fully considering the implications of this book. As awful as it was, the bomb might have been a mercy to both sides.
  • Courage, Determination, Duty, and Brotherhood

    5
    By Gamecockdad
    Could the U.S. ever deploy this quality of fighting force again? EB Sledge wrote many books before his honorable life ended. However, this is the gold standard. Personally, I find he gets a little long winded in his descriptions of his surroundings mostly while being "dug in" a fox hole. It also discussed me at his vivid descriptions of so many COs who had no clue what they were doing and abused their authority. This is defining book on life on the front lines in the Pacific theatre during World War 2.
  • With the Old Breed

    5
    By Carolinelew
    Very interesting and detailed.

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