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Strong Men Armed Audiobook

Strong Men Armed: The United States Marines Against Japan

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Written by Robert Leckie, whose wartime exploits are featured in the Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg HBO miniseries The Pacific, Strong Men Armed is the perennial bestselling classic account of the U.S. Marines' relentless drive through the Pacific during World War II.

As scout and machine-gunner for the First Marine Division, Leckie fought in all its engagements until his wounding at Peleliu. In Strong Men Armed, Leckie uses firsthand experience and impeccable research to re-create the nightmarish battles of the Pacific campaign---from Guadalcanal to Okinawa---as ships, men, and guns moved over vast distances to fight an enemy that was willing to defend to its last man. Here is the whole sweeping epic of the Marines who battled---and won---on the bloody beaches at Guadalcanal, the unforgiving reefs at Tarawa, the rain-soaked mud of New Britain, the dark gray soil and deadly caves of Mount Suribachi, and the muddy slopes of Shuri Castle on Okinawa. It is a masterful narrative by a writer the New York Times praised as possessing the "rare gift of capturing all that is human in the most inhuman of man's activities."

©1990 Robert Leckie (P)2010 Tantor

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"Raw, heartbreaking, and superb." (Christian Science Monitor)

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  • j
    Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
    10/12/13
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    "The best book on the subject"
    Where does Strong Men Armed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    All of Robert Leckie's books on the subject are fascinating but for me this one ranks the highest. It's comprehensive in the journey through the Pacific conflict and tells the story through the eye of the fighting men. It is very disturbing and very moving but for readers of military history, no one puts you so directly into the experience of the soldiers who made that history. (I would love to read an equivalent from the Japanese perspective.)


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • J. R. Stubbs
    Manhattan Beach, CA USA
    3/12/10
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    "Great story"

    Outstanding overview of the Marines in WWII. It covered all significant actions in vivid detail yet provided great strategic overview. Highly recommended

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Charles
    LYNDON STATION, WISCONSIN, United States
    18/11/12
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    "Strong Men Armed."

    This is another Good Book of WW ll. If you like History and WW ll this is a must Book for you. I found it to be very interesting and would recommend it to anyone.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alan J. Rastellini
    houston
    8/06/16
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    "Best USMC pov of WW2"

    I thought it would be a story told from the pov of the author but it was so much more. A complete 'salty' recap of the marines battling their way across the pacific.

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  • David
    17/01/16
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    "A little violent..."

    This is a great example of mans inhumanity towards each other.
    Marines will always persevere!

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