In a story of men in combat and camaraderie, the U.S. Marines land in the Solomons and fight their way across the Pacific, from the confusion of Guadalcanal to the epic struggle for Okinawa. Reprint.
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A Marine Raider veteran of the war in the Pacific puts his WW II battle memories into unsentimental, unrevisionist novel form. No-nonsense prose--plus a refusal to load in five decades of postwar psychochat or political hindsight--keeps McCormick's account of island-hopping and man-to-man combat crystal-clear and unusually immediate. Today's gentle readers may find themselves gasping to discover that the ``Right Kind of War'' for the Marine Raiders was a war in which no questions were asked and few prisoners taken. But for the young men yanked from their farms and blue-collar jobs to defend democracy from Japanese expansionism, it was the only way to fight. As the Pacific war was a series of battles fought island by island, the novel is a series of anecdotes leading to the horrors of Okinawa and Guam. The narrator is a matter-of-fact Illinoisan fighting alongside boys from all over the country, following the orders of sergeants more frightening than the enemy, doing the bidding of generals and admirals who may or may not know what they are about. There are no detailed portraits of the boys, everything is action, but there are amusing moments- -and moving ones--and flitting through the narrative are spooky appearances and reappearances of a boot-camp buddy who became an assassin for the corps and kept his job classification afterward. Gung-ho and good. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
This impressive first novel is based on McCormick's WW 11 experience with the elite Marine Raiders, later consolidated as the 4th Marines. Unpretentious prose and a straightforward narrative style highlight the grim realities of combat against Japanese forces in the Solomons, on Guam, and above all, on Okinawa. Episodes set outside battle areas convincingly depict Raider training and attitudes. Pvt. Moe, the narrator, and his comrades are products of the Depression, more likely to have served in the CCC than to have graduated from high school. They do not question their roles in the right kind of war, waged without pity or hatred against an absolute enemy. McCormick's understated prose ultimately enhances his presentation of the value system promulgated in the Marine Corps. By urging Marines to objectivize the enemy, thereby encouraging detachment, they brought about the Corps's evolution into a warrior elite--America's samurai. 25,000 first printing.
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Book Description Onyx, 1994. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110451404505
Book Description Onyx, 1994. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. perfect. Bookseller Inventory # 420-110917035