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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.


      QUOTABLE:

      "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."

      -----Leatherneck

      "[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_


      THE AUTHOR:

      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.


      BIBLIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION:

      5 1/2 x 8 1/2
      224 pages, 12 illustrations
      ISBN 0-8173-1161-0
      $29.95t cloth
      Publication Date: June 10, 2002


      ANGLES: Military History, Memoir, World War II


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