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The Pacific by Hugh Ambrose
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Dec 19, 2010

really liked it
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Read from December 04 to 19, 2010

I have to say that I would like Goodreads to change scoring method, because I would give this book about a 4.2 to 4.3 out of 5. It was an interesting format book. No chapters but 5 acts as it is a companion to the HBO mini-series of same namesake. Secondly, the author is the Son of the Late and famed Stephen Ambrose, one of my if not my favorite Historians. This is his first book solely written by him as he had previously contributed to his Father's research and writing before his unfortunate and premature death in 2002. I certainly hope he continues to hone his craft and continues his father's legacy. I must admit I'm extremely partial to this point in our history. World War 2 fascinates me more than any other time in history because of its complexity, scope and magnitude then and now. I read E.B. Sludge's With the Old Breed prior to this as well as countless other books about the Pacific theater of WW2 so I had already some context. Ambrose take on Sledge provided a 3rd person narrative and compliment to his own memoir. Slightly different perspective and one could argue some contradictions were presented, but not my interest or point to uncover. The most enjoyable character in this book for me was Austin "Shifty" Shofner. His leadership and ingenuity was amazing. If any criticism can be provided is that the font of this book is a little small and was a little distracting to really delve into it at times as I found myself spending a lot of time trying to re-set my eyes to where I was previously was. As well some passages were a little too lengthy to keep my interest always engaged. Overall very good, particularly a first attempt at a full-length manuscript. Hugh please keep writing and publishing.
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