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.
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.
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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