Book Review: With the Old Breed

With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and OkinawaWith the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by Eugene B. Sledge
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The most raw account of war that I have read in a long time. Sledge’s honesty about his hatred of the enemy can be jarring when read today, particularly given the language used to describe them. That hatred is fueled by atrocities committed by Japanese combatants against his fellow Marines, but he also speaks frankly about similar atrocities committed by American troops. Ultimately, Sledge paints a picture of the horrors of war and the near impossibility of comprehending what we ask servicemen and women at the point of the spear to do on our behalf.

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