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Publisher Description

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.

Biographies & Memoirs
John Allen Nelson
hr min
February 26
Tantor Audio

Customer Reviews

seattle.ashes ,

Helmet for My Pillow

I am very grateful to Robert Leckie for his courage, frankness, and sacrifice. This book is an important autobiography meant to serve as testimony to those who survived the second world war.

I bought this audiobook and I regret it. I listened to it in its entirety with the hope that the narrator's voice would grow on me. It did not.

I recommend listening to the preview first. If you think his voice is that of a good story teller, then you will be fine. If however you feel as I do, you will often find yourself distracted by how the voice sounds too mature for such a young person's story. Frank wasn't in his forties when he enlisted in the Marines.

jmal82 ,

Reader's voice kills it

The reader's voice is sing-songy and is annoying. Additionally, at times Leckie gets pretty ethereal in describing the events.

Overall, I'm slightly disappointed, I could get past portions of Leckie's writing, but that voice really detracts from the overall work. I would suggest buying a hard copy and reading it

akaTimArthur ,

Loved it!!!!

As a junkie for military history and stories this is one of my favorites. Robert Leckie's story reminds me how brave the US once was and the unbeilivable odds he beat to be able to share this story. I couldnt put it down... The readers voice didnt phase me at all and would purchase again if I had too. Rating it low for a readers voice is weak... The book was amazing and reminds me of my witty and charming grandfather who also served. Good Read (listen).

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