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Challenge for the Pacific: Guadalcanal: The Turning Point of the War

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From Robert Leckie, the World War II veteran and New York Times bestselling author of Helmet for My Pillow, whose experiences were featured in the HBO miniseries The Pacific , comes this vivid narrative of the astonishing six-month campaign for Guadalcanal.

From the Japanese soldiers’ carefully calculated—and ultimately foiled—attempt to build a series of impregnable is
Paperback, 464 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Bantam (first published 1966)
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Steve Scott
A dramatic, but sometimes confusing presentation. A lack of sufficient maps made it difficult to track the battles Leckie described. Like with his book "Strong Armed" I would have been happy with a longer account.

Still worth reading!
Wow! This book is a blast - it really shows off the scope of Guadalcanal, and is written in a very engaging style.

Leckie can write stirring prose (although occasionally it turns purple), and this was a great read from start to finish. My only criticism is that there are some weird third-person episodes that don't quite fit with the rest of the narrative. But this is a nitpick about an otherwise well-written book.
this is certainly a great read and leckie must have done a tremendous amount of research. it's written in a very engaging style but sometimes the language tends to be a bit basic. would def recommend it to anyone interested in the Pacific theater.
Greg Beale


For years I have wondered how a green bunch of marines, a weakened navy, and a inexperienced Army beat the best Japan had to offer. Now I know: Valor!
Duane Nurse
Read it while posted there... Great to walk the ground after reading his accounts.
Great account on the Battle of Guadalcanal fought by the United States Marines against Japanese soldiers during World War II.
A very good book about the brutal battle for Guadalcanal that ground down the Japanese navy's capabilities, and developed the American doctrine and tactics that won the Pacific War.

Leckie is not nearly as emotionally forceful as EB Sledge's With the Old Breed, but conveys a very vivid story nonetheless, from a more general viewpoint. The mistakes and attitudes of many of the commanders on both sides are alternately appalling and gratifying to read about, when the suffering of the Marines, soldi
Another good Leckie book! Great overview of the events and personalities that lead up to and played significant roles in the Guadalcanal campaigne.

Picked this up as a follow-up read to Neptunes'Inferno and Island of Destiny, both writen more recently. I should have realized that Leckie's book, being earlier, provided much of the reference for the later 2. Still a great read thought, strategic as well as tactical and persons details. Strong suggest other reads start here and move to the other 2.
Jay Atwood
Thoroughly researched (from both American and Japanese perspectives,) well organized, and well written. The only thing that takes away from the work is the author's insistence on including random peeks into what his younger self was doing on Guadalcanal during whatever he was describing. It comes across very out of place and self-gratifying, especially considering he already wrote and published a war memoir about his personal experiences on Guadalcanal.
Well documented account of the battle for the Solomon Islands. Interesting military history of the USA and Japan's strategy and the strengths of the u.s's armed forces, especially marines and the navy.
This was one of the very best war/historical books I have ever read. It was so well-written that it almost felt like a historical novel rather than a history book.
Rick Miller
I like this book vary much.The thing was so long I got it in audio book.I lead on the bed every night for two.week listening.It was great fun.
Bob Young
Well told story...I'll have to get to more of his books...points for being from
Rutherford of course...
Better than Helmet for My Pillow.
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Leckie was born on December 18, 1920, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Rutherford, New Jersey. He began his career as a writer in high school, as a sports writer for ''The Bergen Evening Record'' in Hackensack, New Jersey.

On January 18, 1942, Leckie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.He served in combat in the Pacific theater, as a scout and a machine gunner in H Company, 2nd B
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