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McAleer, John & Billy Dickson.

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ISBN 10: 0385159250 / ISBN 13: 9780385159258
Published by Doubleday & Co.:, 1981
Condition: Fine- Hardcover

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515 pages. "Unit Pride is account of a tour of duty in Korea; a tale of courage and cowardice under fire, a powerful narrative of the boredom and numbing violence of war, and above all, the story of an elemental friendship between two young men thrown together in a wasted, alien landscape far from home." FINE- HARDCOVER, VERY GOOD DUST JACKET, inscribed by John McAleer. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 013862

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Title: UNIT PRIDE. A Novel.

Publisher: Doubleday & Co.:

Publication Date: 1981

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine-

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author, John McAleer.

Edition: First Edition Stated.

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Two buddies--Billy, an Irish-American street kid, and Dewey, an equally tough young Southerner, do battle against the North Koreans, endure the absurdities of wartime Army life, and mourn the loss of platoon buddies

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Two young soldiers come together in the trenches to form a strong friendship amidst the bombshells and bloodshed of the Korean War. Billy, the brawler with a chip on his shoulder, is only a seventeen-year-old punk from the slums of Boston. Dewey is a tough, young Texan who boasts he's not afraid of killing or being killed. These two strangers' lives are thrown together and altered forever by a war that we couldn't win.
Unit Pride, hailed as one of the greatest war stories of our time, tells not only of the wages of war, but of the bond of friendship in unlikely places. For both Billy and Dewey, it is kill or be killed, and each looked to the other to make it through the war alive. In the worst of times they leaned on each other to survive nightmarish ordeals such as watching a prisoner get rifle-whipped in the face, then hearing him being shot to death in a nearby thicket. In the best of times they staved off boredom and depression by befriending French Legionnaires and patronizing the local Korean brothels. Unit Pride is the emotional and gripping story of mid-twentieth-century warfare, of courage and camaraderie, and what it takes to be a hero.
John McAleer, while a professor at Boston College, received a letter from Billy Dickson, who was serving time in Walpole State Penitentiary for bank robbery. McAleer encouraged Dickson to write about his Korean War experiences, and thus began a 1,200-letter correspondence between McAleer and Dickson that developed into this novel.

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