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With the Old In The Wall Street Journal Victor Davis Hanson named With the Old Breed one of the top five books on epic twentieth-century battles. Studs Terkel interviewed the author for his definitive oral history The Good War. Now E. B. Sledge’s acclaimed first-person account of fighting at Peleliu and Okinawa returns to thrill edify and inspire a new generation. An Alabama boy steeped in American history and enamored of such heroes as George Washington and Daniel Boone Eugene B. Sledge became part of the war’s famous 1st Marine Division–3d Battalion 5th Marines. Even after intense training he was shocked to be thrown into the battle of Peleliu where “the world was a nightmare of flashes explosions and snapping bullets.” By the time Sledge hit the hell of Okinawa he was a combat vet still filled with fear but no longer with panic. Based on notes Sledge secretly kept in a copy of the New Testament With the Old Breed captures with utter simplicity and searing honesty the experience of a soldier in the fierce Pacific Theater. Here is what saved threatened and changed his life. Here too is the story of how he learned to hate and kill–and came to love–his fellow man. With the Old Breed (Reprint) (Paperback) by