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Paperback China Marine: An Infantryman's Life After World War II Book

ISBN: 0195167767

ISBN13: 9780195167764

China Marine: An Infantryman's Life After World War II

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See E.B. Sledge's story in the HBO miniseries The Pacific

China Marine is the extraordinary sequel to E.B. Sledge's memoir, With the Old Breed, which remains the most powerful and moving account of the U.S. Marines in World War II. Sledge continues his story where With the Old Breed left off and recounts the compelling conclusion of his Marine career.

After Japan's surrender in 1945, Sledge and his company were sent to China to maintain...

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Couldn't put it down

I read it in one sitting, the way he covers his time in China shows the process of mentally leaving a war. You see him begin to become his peacetime self again as it goes on. It's something special and goes a long way towards explaining what people go through mentally during war and how they adjust to peace.

Plan to keep this book on your bedside table instead of the shelf.

First, a brief note about the binding: I've worn out too many paperbacks to ever believe them to be suitable for long use. This is a book which is best bought in the hardback version. The reader will want to keep a copy forever to re-read, underline and make marginal notes so it is worth the extra price to have this sturdier edition. The few extra dollars for this hardcover edition will be worth it in just a few years of reading. --- China Marine impresses me as being the more moving of Sledge's two autobiographies. With The Old Breed speaks of the power of War but this book speaks of the power of Man. I realize that with the HBO miniseries coming out With the Old Breed will continue to be more popular but China Marine has points in its favor. Certainly one should read both if they ever expect to understand the subject. As a second book "China Marine" is more readable and I'm not sure that is because he is more experienced in writing or he is not having to stop every few lines to explain to naive civilians the exact color of the mud of war, sound of heavy bombardment and grief of watching his friends being chewed apart. "With the Old Breed" ends with him half starved, abused to the point of exhaustion and with the stench of death in his nostrils but "China Marine" shows him to build on US Marine traditions and support of family and friends to create a new life after the purgatory of battle. Particularly the book shows his depth of character better, since he gives himself time to describe not just his observations but to show the mind and heart behind them. And as one of his former students I can vouch that he had a very big heart.

Hemingway would like this book

E. B. Sledge's "With the Old Breed" is by common consent one of the finest -- if not the finest -- account of the life of a combat infantryman in World War II. At Pelieu and Okinawa, Sledge was one of only 10 men in his Marine company of 240 to escape being wounded or killed. "China Marine" is the follow-up to "With the Old Breed," a lesser work but one that tells of what happened to Sledge after the war. With Sledge's experience, one would have thought that he would have been among the first among the military to be demobilized after the end of the war with Japan -- but no, he and his colleagues were sent to China to disarm the Japanese soldiers there and to maintain order in several northern Chinese cities. This is Sledge's account of the six months he spent in China. His view is that of a Private First Class -- but an educated and sophisticated PFC, the son of a medical doctor from Mobile, Alabama, and an outstanding writer. He delighted in Peking, fresh food, a clean bunk, light duties, and friendship with the sophisticated Soong family -- but the danger from attack by communist armies was always there. Sledge goes on to tell of the trauma of his discharge from the Marines and homecoming to Mobile and, very briefly, his long years of struggle with what we call today Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It's a brief book, only 160 pages, and am interesting, beautifully written, account of the decompression of a combat soldier and his return home. Sledge died in 2001 but he was often quoted in Ken Burn's recent PBS series on World War II. Sledge is a true American hero. Smallchief

Outstanding book

I just finished this book...once I picked it up I couldnt put it down. I really dont think there is enough written out there about this subject and what these guys went thru there.
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