Islands of the Damned

Islands of the Damned

A Marine at War in the Pacific

Book - 2010
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The true story of R.V. Burgin, the real-life World War II Marine Corps hero featured in HBO®'s The Pacific .

"Read his story and marvel at the man...and those like him."--Tom Hanks

When a young Texan named R.V. Burgin joined the Marines 1942, he never imagined what was waiting for him a world away in the Pacific. There, amid steamy jungles, he encountered a ferocious and desperate enemy in the Japanese, engaging them in some of the most grueling and deadly fights of the war.

In this remarkable memoir, Burgin reveals his life as a special breed of Marine. Schooled by veterans who had endured the cauldron of Guadalcanal, Burgin's company soon confronted snipers, repulsed jungle ambushes, encountered abandoned corpses of hara-kiri victims, and warded off howling banzai attacks as they island-hopped from one bloody battle to the next. In his two years at war, Burgin rose from a green private to a seasoned sergeant, fighting from New Britain through Peleliu and on to Okinawa, where he earned a Bronze Star for valor.

With unforgettable drama and an understated elegance, Burgin's gripping narrative stands alongside those of classic Pacific chroniclers like Robert Leckie and Eugene Sledge--indeed, Burgin was even Sledge's platoon sergeant. Here is a deeply moving account of World War II, bringing to life the hell that was the Pacific War.
Publisher: New York : NAL Caliber, 2010
ISBN: 9780451232267
Branch Call Number: 940.54 BURG
Characteristics: 296 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Marvel, Bill

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rob_ontario
Apr 08, 2013

Great book. An easy read yes, but a great companion to Sledge's book "with the old breed".

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Ichigaga
May 03, 2011

Very good book. It is NOT an analysis of tactics and stategy. It is a first-hand account from an average Marine. He writes simply about what he saw, smelled, and heard. He does not glorify nor shy away from the violence of war.

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Brian_Shaw
Feb 23, 2011

Interesting account of a Marine's time in the Pacific war. Related to the HBO series The Pacific. Short on details. A fairly light read.

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