Iwo Jima

Richard F. Newcomb; Foreword by General Harry Schmidt, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired

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0805070710

9780805070712

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352 Pages

$17.99

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On February 19, 1945, the largest Marine force ever to go into battle—backed by the greatest armada ever assembled in the Pacific—began its assault on a tiny rock island just 700 miles from Tokyo. Author Richard F. Newcomb interviewed hundreds of Iwo Jima veterans—both Americans and Japanese—read the diaries and letter of fighting men, and combed through masses of official Navy and Marine records to recapture the full story of one of the most famous battles in U.S. history. With exceptional depth, intelligence, and emotional power, Newcomb recounts the events of Iwo Jima, in which common men were thrust into impossible circumstances, yet demonstrated valor and even humor amidst the horror and chaos of war. First published in 1965, this classic tale of men and war helped define a genre revitalized by such recent bestsellers as Flags of Our Fathers and Ghost Soldiers.

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"If there are any details this battle unknown to Mr. Newcomb, the chances are that these—like the name of the Unknown Soldier—are known but to God."—The New York Times Book Review

"A dramatic and honest accounting, worthy of the men who earned Admiral Nimitz's accolade of the battle where 'uncommon valor was a common virtue.'"—Henry I. Shaw, Jr., The Washington Post

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Richard F. Newcomb, one of the pioneers of narrative nonfiction, is also the author of the bestselling Abandon Ship! He lives in Florida.
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  • Richard F. Newcomb; Foreword by General Harry Schmidt, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired

  • Richard F. Newcomb, one of the pioneers of narrative nonfiction, is the author of the bestselling Abandon Ship! and The Battle of Savo Island. He lives in Florida.
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