The Pacific: Hell Was An Ocean Away

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Text Publishing Company, Mar 1, 2010 - History - 512 pages
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Historian Hugh Ambrose deepens the experience of the HBO miniseries The Pacific, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks and broadcast on the Seven Network.

These are the true stories of the men who put their lives on the line for their country, who were dispatched to the other side of the world to fight an enemy who preferred suicide to surrender; men who suffered hardship and humiliation in POW camps; men who witnessed casualties among soldier and civilian alike; and men whose medals came at a shocking price.

Covering nearly four years of combat, with unprecedented access to military records, letters, journals, memoirs, photographs and interviews, this volume offers a unique historical perspective on the war against Japan-and ultimately the triumphant yet uneasy return home.

Hugh Ambrose was the son of Stephen E. Ambrose, author of the bestselling Band of Brothers. He served as a consultant on the HBO miniseries The Pacific. Ambrose was also Vice President of the National World War II Museum, and led battlefield tours through Europe and along the Pacific Rim. He lived in Montana until his death, in 2015.

'The Pacific is a gripping piece of historical writing following the intertwined tale of four US marines and au US Navy carrier pilot during the WW2.' Birmingham Express & Star

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User Review  - buzzy726 - Overstock.com

I bought this book for my dad who is a veteran of that war. I thought it was going to be a more generalized account of the war in the Pacific however he enjoyed the personal touch of following four soldiers. Read full review

It's just an amazing story

User Review  - J. Purves - Borders

I've been reading this along with watching the HBO series. And I can't help but just be profoundly impressed with the story. Both the TV miniseries and this book are devoted to simply telling letting ... Read full review

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Hugh Ambrose was the son of Stephen E. Ambrose, author of the bestselling Band of Brothers. He served as a consultant on the HBO miniseries The Pacific. Ambrose was also Vice President of the National World War II Museum, and led battlefield tours through Europe and along the Pacific Rim. He lived in Montana until his death, in 2015.

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