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Utmost Savagery
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Utmost Savagery
The Three Days of Tarawa
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On November 20, 1943, in the first trial by fire of America's fledgling amphibious assault doctrine, five thousand men stormed the beaches of Tarawa, a seemingly invincible Japanese island fortress barely the size of the three hundred-acre Pentagon parking lots. Before the first day ended, one-third of the marines who had crossed Tarawa's deadly reef under murderous fire were killed, wounded, or missing. In three days of fighting, four Americans would win the Medal of Honor and six thousand combatants would die.

Now, Colonel Joseph Alexander, a combat marine himself, presents the full story of Tarawa in all its horror and glory: the extreme risks, the horrific combat, and the heroic breakthroughs. Based on exhaustive research, never-before-published accounts from marine survivors, and new evidence from Japanese sources, Colonel Alexander captures the grit, guts, and relentless courage of United States Marines overcoming outrageous odds to deliver victory for their country.

On November 20, 1943, in the first trial by fire of America's fledgling amphibious assault doctrine, five thousand men stormed the beaches of Tarawa, a seemingly invincible Japanese island fortress barely the size of the three hundred-acre Pentagon parking lots. Before the first day ended, one-third of the marines who had crossed Tarawa's deadly reef under murderous fire were killed, wounded, or missing. In three days of fighting, four Americans would win the Medal of Honor and six thousand combatants would die.

Now, Colonel Joseph Alexander, a combat marine himself, presents the full story of Tarawa in all its horror and glory: the extreme risks, the horrific combat, and the heroic breakthroughs. Based on exhaustive research, never-before-published accounts from marine survivors, and new evidence from Japanese sources, Colonel Alexander captures the grit, guts, and relentless courage of United States Marines overcoming outrageous odds to deliver victory for their country.

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  • COLONEL JOSEPH H. ALEXANDER (Ret.), a combat veteran who served in the Marine Corps for twenty-eight years, is the author of six books and has helped produce twenty-five military documentaries. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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  • AudioFile Magazine The Battle of Tarawa was one of the most intense in the Pacific campaign of 1943. A thousand U.S. Marines died, and 2,300 more were wounded in the 72 hours it took to secure the tiny atoll from its Japanese garrison. Col. Alexander's account of the battle is meticulously researched and definitive, though it suffers from an excess of jargon and a flurry of acronyms that become awkward in the audio format. Tom Weiner's narration is detached and fast paced to the point of being rushed. All in all, the production often focuses more on the generals and their strategies than on the men who were enduring the bloody hell of war. D.B. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine
  • Major General Mike Ryan, USMC (Ret.), Navy Cross recipient "The first complete and definitive account of the Battle of Tarawa."
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