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Jacob Aagaard
The Art and Craft of Feature Writing: Based on The Wall Street Journal Guide
William E. Blundell

An Unflinching Look at the Brutal Pacific Campaign

With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa - Eugene B. Sledge

It's pretty widely known the USA's Pacific island hopping campaign was brutal stuff, but I didn't know how brutal until I read Sledge's With The Old Breed.


He takes an unflinching look at several island campaigns, where Marine units would fight for days to capture just a few hundred yards of rough, almost impassable ground.


I don't know how they did it. Hollywood certainly glamorized the fight for the Pacific, but this title (and a few others) quickly disabuse the reader of those notions. A good -- if occasionally uneven -- read.