Goodbye Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War

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This emotional and honest novel recounts a young man's experiences during World War II and digs deep into what he and his fellow soldiers lived through during those dark times. The nightmares began for William Manchester 23 years after WW II. In his dreams he lived with the recurring image of a battle-weary youth (himself), "angrily demanding to know what had happened to the three decades since he had laid down his arms." To find out, Manchester visited those places in the Pacific where as a young Marine he fought the ...

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Skywalker

Dec 13, 2014

Gutwrenching Journey of Catharsis

William Manchester's spiritual journey to revisit the critical battlegrounds of the Pacific War against Japan, and the exorcism of his personal nightmares of his service as a Marine Corps sergeant.

jimmymack

Nov 5, 2010

total baloney

he was only in Okinamia-not canal-tarawa or pelieu,so many military books quote his "experiences".page(256 paperback he admits he was never in the ist 3)
total feel good nostalgia type "history."
there was a much high of rate of volunteers andmuch lower combat fatigue in viet nam.
(see Stolen Valor).
with the old breed by sledge is a terrific
true story of Pacific-also "Fields of fire" about viet nam.
as reality doesn't sell its easy to see why
this garbage is sucessful.As so many WWII
greatest generation type hype just pap.
recommend Execution of Pvt Sloviek by william bradford huie for real story on "greatest generation"
best Jimmy Mack

WmTN

Oct 9, 2008

Read this book!

Every American should read this book. It is William Manchester's memoir of the Pacific War of World War II, as he saw it. Manchester, who later became one of the most distinguished of American Writers, was a sergeant in the USMC and fought nearly every one of the bloody island campaigns of that war. His is a history, written by a gifted historian, from the viewpoint of the ?sharp end? of combat. No studious academic can approach the insights that he took from seeing the battles of those blood soaked sands.
In the Pacific war, the USA had divided its command: Admiral Nimitz, under whom Manchester served, took the Eastern part of the Pacific, and General MacArthur took the Western part. Manchester, although recognizing the vanity and theatricality of the great General, says that MacArthur was much to be admired as the theater commander of World War Two who was most careful not to waste the lives of American troops. That is enough to secure his reputation against all the revisionists who write today.

sherifdoug

Aug 6, 2007

Excellent read.

A little strange in the literary approach, but a great book just the same. Written from the junior combat officer's perspective.

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