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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
_China Marine_ by E.B. Sledge
Foreward by Stephen E. Ambrose
Introduction by Col. Joseph H. Alexander, USMC (Ret.)
From the respected author of one of the best books on World War
II combat comes an equally captivating saga of battle recovery,
healing, and homecoming.
_China Marine_ is the long-awaited sequel to E. B. Sledge's
critically acclaimed memoir, _With the Old Breed at Peleliu and
Okinawa_. Picking up where his previous memoir leaves off,
Sledge, a young Marine in the First Division, traces his copany's
movements and charts his own "difficult passage to peace"
following his horrific experiences in the Pacific. He reflects on his
duty in the ancient city of Peiping -- now Beijing -- and recounts the
difficulty of returning to his hometown of Mobile, Alabama, and
resuming civilian life haunted by the shadows of close combat.
Distinguised historians have praised Sledge's first book as the
definitive rifleman's account of World War II, ranking it with the Civil
War's _Red Badge of Courage_ and World War I's _All Quiet on
the Western Front_. Although _With the Old Breed_ ends with the
surrender of Japan, Marines in the Pacific were still faced with the
mission of disarming the immense Japanese forces on the Asian
mainland and reestablishing order. For infantrymen so long
engaged in the savage and surreal world of close combat, there
remained the personal tasks of regaining normalcy and dealing with
suppressed memories, fears, and guilt.
In _China Marine_, E. B. Sledge speaks frankly about the real
costs of war, emotional and psychological as well as physical, and
explains the lifetime loyalties that develp between men who face
fear, loss, and horror altogether. That bond becomes one of the
newfound treasures of life after battle.
With his hallmark style of simplicity, directness, and lack of
sentimentality, "Sledgehammer" has given us yet another great
document of war literature.
"In this masterfully crafted sequel to his _With the Old Breed_,
Gene Sledge captures with fidelity, scope, and depth the haunting
and enduring impact of war on those who fought....His demons are
the demos of all warriors."
"[This] is an outstanding work that will have a wide appeal to
scholars and to general readers....No one captures the scene, the
setting, or the emotions better than E. B. Sledge does. No
one....Like _With the Old Breed_, it will be read, appreciated, and
taught, now and for decates to come."
----From the Foreword by Stephen E. Ambrose, author of _Band of Brothers_
and _The Wild Blue_
E. B. Sledge was a World War II Marine veteran widely known for
his landmark book, _With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa_.
He was a biology professor at the University of Montevallo,
Alabama. He died in 2001.
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
224 pages, 12 illustrations
Publication Date: June 10, 2002
ANGLES: Military History, Memoir, World War II
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James B. McMillan Press Building
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Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0380
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