Voices of the Pacific: Untold Stories from Marine Heroes of World War II by Adam Makos and Marcus Brotherton should be taught in every high school across the country. It does not give battle reports and dates. It doesn't have a political agenda. It is simply a book of personal recollections of war in the Pacific from men who fought there. This is real. It's like sitting at your neighborhood tavern shooting the breeze with veterans of Guadalcanal and Okinawa and Peleliu. Each passage has a distinct voice and all of the voices, when strung together, tell the real story of warfare. It's not pretty. Friends being bayoneted, buddies blown to bits; slit trenches and wormy bread, bloated bodies bursting in the heat and staining your pants. These stories are real and within a few more years, there won't be any surviving veterans of WWII left to tell them. This book is important and vital and sad. No flag waving here, just stories of men and the horrors they faced while serving their country.
Dan K @ Central