With the old breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

With the old breed is one of the stories that inspired the HBO miniseries the Pacific.
The show like the book focuses on the personal stories in a war of millions. It's a biography of a solider
with little or no say in deployments or tactics. This focus on the individual story makes the book gripping and grim.
The author distances himself from horrible the honesty by a detached cold narrative which serves to intensify the words.

War is brutish, inglorious, and a terrible waste.

The book follows Sledge through his entire pacific champaign describing both the camaraderie and the misery of war in the pacific.
It feels wrong to say that I enjoyed the narrative, it's to brutal for enjoyment but it gave an insight into the minds
of the soldier.
You really do get a sense of the terror and confusion felt by the grunts far away from home lost in someone else's war.

The book is as compelling as it is dark and I would definitely recommend it to anyone that enjoyed the TV-show.
In contrast with the cinematic version the book does not come of as a glorification of war.

Neptune's Inferno: The U.S Navy at Guadalcanal

Given my fascination with both naval warfare and history this gripping narrative of seldom discussed part of the Guadalcanal offensive
struck gold.
The author, James D. Hornfischer manages to combine the historical facts with an exiting story in a similar way to the brilliant Stalingrad.

As the title implies the book focuses on the naval operations surrounding the invasion of Guadalcanal. However it also
does a fair job at describing the build up to both the pacific conflict and the reasons for launching a campaign against
Guadalcanal. It describes a point in the pacific war where the U.S infantry forces where forced to rely on a navy which had little
to no resources and that crumbled under the might of the Japanese navy. The book follows the U.S navy through this low points and sticks
with it until the massive American industrial complex with the help of some spectacular naval action managed to turn the tide in the pacific.

I really enjoyed the way the book connects the historic naval focus of midway and pearl harbor to the infantry focus
of the Guadalcanal invasion. This book should really be on your reading
list if you have any interest in the pacific theater of the second world war.