China Marine

China Marine

An Infantryman's Life After World War II

Book - 2003
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Oxford University Press
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 order and to calm the seething cauldron of political and ideological unrest created by opposing factions. His regiment was the first Marine unit to return to the ancient city of Peiping (now Beijing) where they witnessed the last of old China and the rise of the Communist state. Sledge also recounts the difficulty of returning to his hometown of Mobile, Alabama, and resuming civilian life while haunted by shadows of close combat. Through the discipline of writing and the study of biology, he shows how he came to terms with the terrifying memories that had plagued him for years.

Poignant and compelling, China Marine provides a frank depiction of the real costs of war, emotional and psychological as well as physical, and reveals the enduring bond that develops between men who face the horrors of war.

Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2003, c2002
ISBN: 9780195167764
Branch Call Number: 940.5412 SLE
Characteristics: xxv, 167 p. :,ill., map ;,21 cm.


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Aug 07, 2014

Like Sledge's more heralded book, this one too is so personally specific that it's hard to consider it a 'history' more than a single diary.

This isn't China Marine - this is Sledge In China, therefore. My expectations were off - I was hoping for a wider discussion but no, it's a limited focus based on notes, not even a diary.

It's interesting, nevertheless, but I'll probably never re-read this one so I rate it "below average" 2 stars for that reason.

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