Helmet for My Pillow

Helmet for My Pillow

From Parris Island to the Pacific

Downloadable Audiobook - 2010
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Here is one of the most riveting first-person accounts ever to come out of World War II. Robert Leckie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In Helmet for My Pillow, we follow his odyssey, from basic training on Parris Island, South Carolina, all the way to the raging battles in the Pacific, where some of the war's fiercest fighting took place. Recounting his service with the 1st Marine Division and the brutal action on Guadalcanal, New Britain, and Peleliu, Leckie spares no detail of the horrors and sacrifices of war, painting an unvarnished portrait of how real warriors are made, fight, and often die in the defense of their country. From the live-for-today rowdiness of marines on leave to the terrors of jungle warfare against an enemy determined to fight to the last man, Leckie describes what war is really like when victory can only be measured inch by bloody inch. Woven throughout are Leckie's hard-won, eloquent, and thoroughly unsentimental meditations on the meaning of war and why we fight. Unparalleled in its immediacy and accuracy, Helmet for My Pillow will leave no one untouched. This is a book that brings you as close to the mud, the blood, and the experience of war as it is safe to come. Now producers Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and Gary Goetzman, the men behind Band of Brothers, have adapted material from Helmet for My Pillow for HBO's epic miniseries The Pacific, which will thrill and edify a whole new generation.
Published: [United States] : Tantor Media, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2010.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781400190508
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (10hr., 30 min.)) :,digital.
Additional Contributors: Nelson, John Allen 1959-


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JCLHopeH Nov 28, 2016

After watching The Pacific, I was eager to read Robert Leckie's memoir, which served as source material for the World War II miniseries. Like many accounts of war, it is equally fascinating and horrifying, well worth listening to (even if the reader isn't always as dramatic as the show)!

Jun 22, 2013

Some audiobooks are just spoiled by the narration, and this is one of them. The subject matter is interesting, but the way it is read is very boring, as if the narrator just can't be bothered with it. It spoiled the whole thing for me.

Jun 11, 2012

An excellent account of the life of an average Marine fighting in the Pacific Theater of World War II.

simonrockdale May 23, 2012

I would recommend this book for any WWII buff or any fan of the Band of Brothers or The Pacific series. The author's style can sometimes be a little wordy but it accurately reflects the character from The Pacific. It's realistic and opens a very informative window into what day to day life was like during WWII in the Pacific.


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