He wrote a considerable amount of books on military history. He calls the argument that 'Japan would not have surrend I'm glad to see a historian pay careful detail to Okinawa. I found it most interesting that it relied heavily on first person source material via the memoirs of these soldiers. Another reason for him writing the book is to show people the strategic importance of taking Okinawa. This is a soldier's account.
In this stirring and readable account, Leckie provides a complete picture of the battle and its context in the larger war. But this book was really interesting. There were many descriptions of valor. This book was, all around, a well written book. Lasting 83 days and surpassing D-Day in both troops and material used, the Battle of Okinawa was a decisive victory for the Allies, and a huge blow to Japan.
In this stirring and readable account, Leckie provides a complete picture of the battle and its context in the larger war. Hill 95 is not even in Mabuni area. The author, who fought as a Marine in many Pacific battles, retells this epic story of war from both sides, with portraits of Japanese who committed hari-kiri in its last moments. Bothersome were other different things, lingo, acronyms, choice of wording, scene setting, highly opinionated views and what felt like lecturing to the reader. About the Author Robert Leckie 1920-2001 was the author of more than 30 works of military history as well as Marines! My favorite category of books is still a war novel because of this book. This is compared with the 763 planes the Americans lost and 36 ships sunk and another 368 damaged.
I especially loved the human aspect of it; all the tales of recipients of the Medal of Honor. I feel that the author did have a purpose in writing this book and that purpose being to inform people of the brutal fighting and staggering loss by both sides. Personally I thought that this was a very good book and thoroughly enjoyed reading. If you can get past his snap judgements and take them with a grain of salt, there is a nice, readable account of the Okinawa campaign here. The reason the author wrote this story was to entertain the reader by a way of teaching and describing the real battle of Okinawa in a thrilling and amusing historic story.
Its a good but not great soldiers eye view of an interesting and brutal battle. The theme of this book is to never give up. Professional historians have long repudiated this self-serving Marine account and have concluded that the 27th was almost always understrength because its casualties were proportionally the highest in the campaign; indeed, its assigned terrain was much more difficult than that assigned the Marines. The combination of these aspects is what led me to believe that this was written in narrative form. For example, the medics were scarred because of their needed, but brutal ways of healing the wounded.
Who were you back then? Something I found extremely strange however is that there is not a single map in the book. In 1969, the Leckies founded The Sportstman's Club at Lake Hopatcong, a physical fitness facility in New Jersey. The author does let some of his biases show, especially his intense dislike of General Douglas MacArthur but that is a minor fault in an otherwise enthralling account of men at war. The downside is that Leckie and decisive in sharing his opinions - for instance in his introduction of Kelly Turner - saying that it was shocking that Kelly Turner kept his job because he was responsible for the debacle of the battle of Savo Island and he made the decision to abandon the marines on Guadalcanal including Leckie. He gave me a good idea of the events that would happen. But, the author told it from both sides of the story.
Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed. For this noble deed, a major part of the world would be forever indebted to them, and rightly so! There were long nights and bloody days, if you would of given up, you would of died. Of course we know that it took two atomic weapons to accomplish surrender. This is not a straightforward work of military history, however. Archived from on August 13, 2007. For the most part, this book was written in a narration style.
Leckie is portrayed in the miniseries by ; Vera is portrayed by. Leckie was on active duty for three years and participated in six campaigns. Unlike an arm chair critic who after attaining extraordinary perspective and vision on hindsight, proceeds to set out a tome on debacles, blunders and sacrileges, Leckie prefers to highlight the intuitive thinking, instinctive reactions and immediate strategies that are both intrinsic to and inevitable in a war of immense gravity and intense magnitude. Food shortages and housing would be a problem for years to come. Leckie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on the day following the attack on Pearl Harbor, going on to serve as a machine gunner and as an intelligence scout and participating in all 1st Marine Division campaigns except Okinawa. On January 18, 1942, Leckie enlisted in the. Hill 95 is not even in Mabuni area.
If you like true military and war stories this is certainly a book not to be missed. It's not that he doesn't present the Japanese side, but has a tendency to already paint them as the inevitable losers. However, he did not participate in the Okinawa invasion. There's an interesting epilogue to the story which discusses the value of Okinawa and the still continuing debate over the use of atomic weapons in August 1945. I read this on a kindle, so maybe the paper copy includes maps or diagrams that my copy didn't. If you like true military and war stories this is certainly a book not to be missed. For example, Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector, who joined as a medic was awarded the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions in the campaign.
On April 1, 1945, the U. While currency of war is primarily death, destruction and wanton loss of property, Leckie regales the reader with references to the most heart warming and indelible by product of any armed conflict - acts of bravery and valour. Here are the strengths of this book - Leckie has written a very readable account of the Okinawa campaign. It was almost like Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, Midway, Okinawa, and a number of other battles on other no name islands were merely an afterthought. Tenth Army commander, Lieutenant General Simon Bolivar Buckner, called the most formidable fixed position in the history of warfare. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less.