Helmet for My Pillow

From Parris Island to the Pacific
Author(s): Robert Leckie
Original Publish Date: Feb 26, 2010
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.58 hours)
Product Number: Z100027473
Released: Feb 26, 2010
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781400190508
Narrator/s: John Allen Nelson
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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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.


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Helmet for My Pillow
Product Number: BX00038243
Product Number:DB293
Product Number:Z100027473

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Author(s): Robert Leckie
Narrator(s): John Allen Nelson
Product Number DB293
Released: May 21, 2010
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781400110506
Author(s): Robert Leckie
Product Number EB00155536
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: #9780553907483

Professional reviews

"The late author, who was a journalist before he joined the Marine Corps in 1942, wrote a humorous history of his WWII experiences. His literary talent allowed him to document the lighter side of military life, even in the midst of deployment and combat. The author's substitution of the unprintable barracks words with longer and proper ones gives the stories a pleasant punch. Narrator John Nelson adds to the fun with perfect voices for the sergeants, the Australian girls, and Leckie's drunken friends. Nelson adapts to the author's short sentences, delivering them with the directness of a vintage newsreel announcer. Written in 1957, these firsthand memories come from a bright mind. J.A.H. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"