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Spoiled by literary pretensions
on 25 March 2012
Author Robert Leckie was a sports reporter and a free spirit when he joined the USMC at age 22. He fought in the Pacific and saw action in Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester and Peleliu. This book is his account of the war but sadly lacks the impact and power of "With the Old Breed" written by his buddy Gene Sledge. Leckie's flippant style of writing and his literary pretensions are actually a turn-off, while Sledge's book fully captures the stark reality of an enlisted man's war in the Pacific theater.