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Hero of the Pacific: The Life of Marine Legend John Basilone

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  237 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
From New York Times bestselling author James Brady-the story of Marine legend John Basilone, one of three main characters in HBO's The PacificGunnery Sergeant John Basilone was a Marine legend who received the Medal of Honor for holding off 3,000 Japanese on Guadalcanal and the Navy Cross posthumously for his bravery on Iwo Jima. This is the story of how a young man from R ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Wiley (first published December 4th 2009)
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Goodness! Does Mr. Brady have anything positive to say? It's a rather awful poking at how other people "got it wrong" or exaggerated what John Basilone said or did, even questioning Basilone's lack of commentary or letter writing. I couldn't even finish this book. I'd rather read the facts, the story, not hear how wrong other people are. I was really wanting to like this book, but it's awful!
Jul 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marine-corps
The only James Brady book I have not thoroughly enjoyed. Book was largely broken and disjointed.

It does paint an honest picture of John Basilone who was a hard drinking, hard living Marine.

Hero of the Pacific is a great book that has great aspirations but reads like an unfinished manuscript. The reason for the unfinished feeling is the James Brady the author died the day after he finished the book. Which meant while the unfinished feeling was forgivable since he couldn't make the final edits and tweaks the book might need to get a higher rating.

What was enjoyable was Brady set out to correct the record about John Basilone who is a legend in the Marine Corps. Basilone's story is on
Feb 18, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A hero like Basilone deserved a lot better than this hackneyed attempt at a monograph (it's barely a biography and I won't insult historians by calling this a history). It reads more like an author's notes than an actual finished product. What's worse is it is an author who clearly has an ax to grind.
For whatever reason,(perhaps the foresight not to entrust such a story to an old magazine hack), the Basilone family made themselves mostly unavailable to the author and therefore suffers his unrele
Jeffrey McKinley
I first remember hearing the name John Basilone from the father of my best friend. He served in the marines and landed on Iwo Jima. After telling us about the man and his exploits, he described the way his unit felt when word trickled through the ranks that Manila John was dead. My best friend and I were joining the corp and would soon learn about Sargent Basilone along with many other greats in the leatherneck pantheon (among them, the legendary 'Chesty'' Puller). As with any hero, mythic narra ...more
Jason Chiang
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far off to a good start. The narrator talks loudly and very clearly. Easy to follow the events/thoughts in the book. Also, the subject of the book, Marine Sgt John Basilone is a local legend. Looking forward to learning more about this American hero who was raised in the town I'm currently residing in and learning about the man who the streets/monuments are named after.

Just finished this 11 CD set. It's def very biographical in nature and gets boring at times. It is a very interesting life, w
Apr 01, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I read this book right after finishing the only other readily available Basilone biography, I'm Staying with My Boys: The Heroic Life of Sgt. John Basilone, USMC. Brady takes issue with that book because it was co-written by Jerry Cutter, a nephew of Basilone's, which itself was based on a serialized account written by Cutter's mother (Basilone's sister) that was published in a newspaper. He calls these attempts at biography "amateurish and fanciful, admiring but brief on fact." You would think ...more
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Per FTC rules, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher without regard for this review.

The writer claims in the epilogue that he is neither a scholar nor historian, and this is evident throughout the book as he wanders to and fro among the evidence, or lack thereof, of John Basilone's life and service. I wasn't exactly certain if his goal was to correct information or simply to point out errors, but he does both to an extent. As such, the book is rather a mess, much like the chaos
Rob Maynard
Oct 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hero of the Pacific is one of the more interesting World War II reads I've experienced. John Basilone's story is unparalleled. He was a working class second generation Italian-American from Raritan New Jersey who joined the Army prior to WWII and served in the Phillippines. After mustering out of the army he signed on as a Marine and ended up on Bloody Ridge on Guadalcanal in 1942, where on a rainy night he killed dozens of Japanese soldiers, ran barefoot back and forth through the firefight wit ...more
May 16, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I picked up this book at the library because I've been watching The Pacific on HBO. I was interested in finding out more John Basilone, one of the Marines about whom the Tom Hanks' series is centered.
I found the book confusing to read. The author jumped around in the timeline, and I wasn't always clear as to who he was quoting. I felt that the author's main purpose of the book was to sift through a lot of conflicting information about John Basilone rather than to tell his story. Some things I d
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James Winston Brady was an American celebrity columnist who created the Page Six gossip column in the New York Post and authored the In Step With column in Parade for nearly 25 years until his death. He also authored numerous books about his time serving in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.
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