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Not really worth the rave reviews
on 20 October 2010
The Old Breed has had such unequivocally rave reviews since the mini series came out that one feels almost ashamed to swim against the populist tide.I saw the series, read the book reviews, and bought the book. Was I disappointed? No. Is it all it's cracked up to be? Well, yes and no. The book gives a very good description of the fighting in the South Pacific; of the American enlisted man's prespective of it(they never saw a map - that was for officers); and of the day to day routine (if such a term can be used) of what must have been a hellish experience. If you want to know about these things it's an excellent book and I highly recommend it. But if you're looking for a book that ranks alongside All Quiet on the Western Front, Chickenhawk, The Sorrow of War, or Dunn's The War the Infantry Knew, you'll probably be disappointed. A good book but sadly not up there with the best of them.