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Interesting but Overshadowed
on 27 September 2013
Eugene Sledge doesn't use overly complicated writing techniques; he tells his story in the most honest, uncomplicated, down-to-earth way possible. This simplicity is what made his first book, With The Old Breed, such an interesting read.
However, with the brutality and horror of the pacific theater's bloodiest battles behind him, Sledge's thoughts on post-war China are, bluntly, much less compelling than his combat experiences. While written in the same signature manner, China Marine is overshadowed by its predecessor.
As a book of post-war china, and the only one of the post-war Marine corps, the book is a history that merits full marks. As a general read, especially for those who have read With the Old Breed, it is simply boring. With some memorable moments, including a Japanese war-dog attack and an uncomfortable reunion with Mac, Sledge's hated platoon leader from Okinawa, I push my score up from two stars to three. I would not read it again.