Across the Dark Islands
Floyd W. RadikeISBN: 0891417745;
Book DescriptionACROSS THE DARK ISLANDS The War in the Pacific Floyd W. Radike Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Ret.) “I remember sitting in a foxhole on Guadalcanal in the rain. The sergeant I shared the hole with shook hishead and asked me: ‘What in the hell are we doing on this godforsaken island? Why don’t we let the Japs keep this stinking rock?’ I didn’t have an answer.” The war in the Pacific has never been portrayed more honestly—or in prose more powerful—than in Across the Dark Islands . In this unflinching account, Brig. Gen.Floyd W. Radike remembers how he started his military career in the mud and mayhem of Guadalcanal, fighting a campaign as crucial to the war’s outcome as it was chaotic and cruel. Here is no whitewashed view of that war or the men who waged it. Here instead is the sobering story of a junior officer in a National Guard unit suddenly shipped off to the...
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