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Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Brady, James - Hero of the Pacific

Hero of the Pacific: The Life of Marine Legend John Basilone
A non fiction book by
James Brady

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

Hero of the Pacific tells the dramatic, compelling, and all-but-forgotten life story of a small-town boy who became one of World War II?s greatest and best-known heroes. His bravery on Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima earned him the Medal of Honor and Navy Cross, respectively. Once you read this powerful tale, you?ll never forget John Basilone.

* Profiles one of three main characters in HBO's The Pacific, the sequel scheduled for March 2010 to the incredibly popular 2001 mini-series Band of Brothers
* 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 his memoir, 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.

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 listen to this powerful tale, you'll never forget him.

Narrator: Grover Gardner
Audio format: mp3 211 MB
Genre: nonfiction, Biography
Source: Overdrive conversion
Bit Rate: 64 kbps
Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC
Number of parts: 7
Duration: 7 hours, 40 minutes
ISBN: 9781608145379
Release date: Jan 12, 2010
Edition: Unabridged

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