Hero of the Pacific

Hero of the Pacific

The Life of Marine Legend John Basilone

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From New York Times bestselling author James Brady-the story of Marine legend John Basilone, one of three main characters in HBO's The Pacific

Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone was a Marine legend who received the Medal of Honor for holding off 3,000 Japanese on Guadalcanal and the Navy Cross posthumously for his bravery on Iwo Jima. This is the story of how a young man from Raritan, New Jersey, became one of America's biggest World War II heroes.

  • Profiles one of three main characters in HBO's The Pacific, the successful sequel to the popular mini-series Band of Brothers
  • "A carefully reported, briskly written book . . . that could go a long way toward correcting . . . historical oversight." –The Los Angeles Times
  • Sorts through the differing accounts of Basilone's life and exploits, including what he did on Iwo Jima and how he died
  • The final book by James Brady, the Korean War veteran and well-known columnist and author of books that include Why Marines Fight and an autobiography, The Coldest War, a Pulitzer Prize finalist

An incredible story masterfully told, Hero of the Pacific will appeal to anyone with an interest in World War II and military history as well as fans of HBO's The Pacific.

Baker & Taylor
"Can a single night define a man's life? From the summer of 1943 to early 1945, John Basilone was one of the most famous and admired people in America. As the first enlisted man to be awarded the Medal of Honor in World War II, for extraordinary bravery under fire at Guadalcanal, he toured the nation with movie stars, shared podiums with mayors and governors, shook the hands of thousands of citizens, and was even rumored to have made a romantic connection with a beautiful young actress. Why would a man who had proven his courage beyond any doubt, who had gone above and beyond the call of duty, and was reaping the rewards of his sacrifice beg his commanding officers to break with tradition and send a Medal of Honor winner back into combat? Legendary columnist James Brady explores this and many other puzzling questions in this thrilling and surprising biography. Hero of the Pacific tells the dramatic and compelling life story of a small-town boy who became one of World War II's greatest and best-known heroes, only to be forgotten after his death during another famous and hellish battle on Iwo Jima. You may never have heard of John Basilone, but once you read this powerful tale, you'll never forget him"--Publisher's description.

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From New York Times bestselling author James Brady-the story of Marine legend John Basilone, one of three main characters in HBO's The Pacific

Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone was a Marine legend who received the Medal of Honor for holding off 3,000 Japanese on Guadalcanal and the Navy Cross posthumously for his bravery on Iwo Jima. This is the story of how a young man from Raritan, New Jersey, became one of America's biggest World War II heroes.

  • Profiles one of three main characters in HBO's The Pacific, the successful sequel to the popular mini-series Band of Brothers
  • ""A carefully reported, briskly written book . . . that could go a long way toward correcting . . . historical oversight."" –The Los Angeles Times
  • Sorts through the differing accounts of Basilone's life and exploits, including what he did on Iwo Jima and how he died
  • The final book by James Brady, the Korean War veteran and well-known columnist and author of books that include Why Marines Fight and an autobiography, The Coldest War, a Pulitzer Prize finalist

An incredible story masterfully told, Hero of the Pacific will appeal to anyone with an interest in World War II and military history as well as fans of HBO's The Pacific.



Baker
& Taylor

Recounts the life of John Basilone, a Medal of Honor recipient for his heroism at Guadalcanal who became one of the most famous and admired men in America before requesting to return to combat, and later died in action on Iwo Jima.
A Pulitzer Prize finalist and the best-selling author of The Coldest War provides a riveting account of the life of John Basilone, a hero of Iwo Jima and one of the Marines featured in the forthcoming HBO series The Pacific, a follow-up to the popular mini-series Band of Brothers. TV tie-in.

Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley, c2010
ISBN: 9780470379417
0470379413
Branch Call Number: 92 B2927b 2010
Characteristics: x, 254 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm

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Dec 28, 2016

A short account of the life and death of a Marine hero. The author spends too much time debunking and discrediting other people's accounts and stories of Manila John. As with
most heroes his story was exploited for money by relatives and others. All that aside, John
Basilone was a hero. He gave his life for what he believed.

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