Friday, March 11, 2011

Book 15 - The Pacific

My fifteenth book was The Pacific by Hugh Ambrose. This book focuses on what happens to the different branches of the military during World War II in the Pacific Theater. It focuses on Sid Phillips, Eugene Sledge, and John Basilone who are in different divisions in the Marines, Austin "Shifty" Shofner who was a POW imprisoned at Cabanatuon, and Vernon "Mike" Micheel, who was a pilot in the Navy. Everyone that has ever served in the military is a hero, but the stories of the men in this book take the cake. The only thing that I didn't like was that, unlike the HBO miniseries which this book is the campanion piece too, the book didn't focus on Robert Leckie. He was one of the main characters in the miniseries and he was only mentioned a couple of times in the book. He had a great story, along with a book he wrote, and I think he should have been mentioned a little more. This book is a great read, although it is very long. It reads more like a novel than a history book, but it's still not as good as his father's, Stephen Ambrose, work.

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