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Iwo Jima: Legacy of Valor

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  111 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
An hour by hour account of the largest and most brutal assault ever conducted by the Marine Corps.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 12th 1986 by Vintage (first published 1984)
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Mark Mortensen
Feb 19, 2012 Mark Mortensen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wwii, usmc
The goals and battle objectives were clearly defined in advance, which is always a major plus. During WWII the Marine Corps was assigned the task to dislodge the entrenched Japanese military from the Pacific island of Iwo Jima. Some, more than others, knew the extreme difficulty in advance, but through all the ranks each Marine was confident of success.

This historical account exemplifies the Marine Corps tradition of dedication and determination where “uncommon valor was a common virtue”. Awake
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'Aussie Rick'
Nov 23, 2009 'Aussie Rick' rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-military, ww2



This is a first class combat narrative of the battle fought at Iwo Jima. I have not read any other accounts of this battle and I found that this book provided more than enough information to satisfy my interest.

I note that one previous reviewer talks about the book being tedious in the reader following one man to his death and then being replaced by another. I found that this only brought home the terrible nature of the type of warfare carried out on the Pacific Islands towards the end of WW2.
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Ryan
Mar 16, 2016 Ryan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wwii
I believe Iwo Jima: Legacy of Valor is one of the best books written about WWII. It is so good, in fact, I believe this should be required reading for high school students, lest they forget what has been given in order for them to have.
You cannot possibly read this book, and not believe the U.S. Marines are the toughest fighting force of all time (sorry other branches of the military). Thrown against overwhelming odds against a force dedicated to victory or death, the Marines slugged it out ac
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Canyon
Aug 04, 2016 Canyon rated it really liked it
A must read for any World War II history buff. The book is filled with day to day details of the battles to capture the island, going far beyond the raising of the flag on Mt. Suribachi.
Martin
May 29, 2015 Martin rated it really liked it
Very gritty in depth history of the Battle. A depressing but necessary read for the Pacific War history buff...
Erin
Mar 31, 2015 Erin rated it it was amazing
excellent. does a fantastic job of explaining the battle, why it was important and the proud history of the Marines.
Kevin
Dec 21, 2016 Kevin rated it really liked it
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Well about all I can say is wow. Does a great job portraying the slaughter on Iwo Jima.
Jonathan
For those who forget that Americans can suffer casualties to win. Semper Fi.
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