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Brotherhood of Heroes


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Bill Sloan is a respected military historian and author of more than a dozen books, including Brotherhood of Heroes: The Ultimate Battle. He lives in Dallas, Texas.


The intensive struggle for the Pacific island of Peleliu from September to October 1944 cost its Japanese defenders 11,000 soldiers and the attacking U.S. Marines over 6500 casualties. Despite these high figures, the Battle of Peleliu remains relatively unknown to all but scholars of World War II in the Pacific. Sloan (Given Up for Dead: America's Heroic Stand at Wake Island), a former reporter, redresses that situation. He enables his readers to experience the violent struggle at Peleliu through the eyes of veterans from K Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, one small unit of a Marine regiment from the historic 1st Marine Division that was sent there. The accounts of the 24-hour-a-day close combat between two forces who were literally fighting to the death are riveting. To counterbalance his concentration on the battle's effects upon a small unit, Sloan explains the strategic aspects of Peleliu and the background to the action. Devotees of personal war narratives will be intrigued by the stories from this exceptionally violent battle. Those readers interested in the longstanding question of whether the battle should ever have been fought, a matter of specialist debate from the moment the first shot was fired, may be disappointed that Sloan takes the middle ground between the opposing points of view. Recommended for academic and public libraries.-John R. Vallely, Siena Coll. Lib., Londonville, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"You'll read it with sweaty palms and an aching heart... The battle is a classic, and Sloan's book does it justice." -- The Washington Post Book World "Superbly crafted ... Sloan takes the reader straight into the hell of the beach landing, firefights and hand-to-hand combat, drawing from the memories of Marines who overcame their worst fears, did their duty and somehow survived." -- Si Dunn, The Dallas Morning News "The definitive book on Peleliu ... I read it and couldn't put it down. I cried. It is superb." -- Christopher Wright, The Old Breed News "Sloan expertly captures the enduring greatness of American soldiers sent to fight against impossible odds." -- W. E. B. Griffin, author of the Brotherhood of War novels "A superbly researched, riveting story of one of the most violent battles in American history. Read it and weep for those magnificent American fighting men." -- Harold G. Moore, coauthor of We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young

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