• Title: Guadalcanal Diary
  • Author: Richard Tregaskis Mark Bowden
  • ISBN: 9780679640233
  • Page: 192
  • Format: Paperback
  • Guadalcanal Diary This celebrated classic gives a soldier s eye view of the Guadalcanal battles crucial to World War II the war that continues to fascinate us all and to military history in general Unlike some of tho
    This celebrated classic gives a soldier s eye view of the Guadalcanal battles crucial to World War II, the war that continues to fascinate us all, and to military history in general Unlike some of those on Guadalcanal in the fall of 1942, Richard Tregaskis volunteered to be there An on location news correspondent at the time, one of only two on Guadalcanal , he lived aThis celebrated classic gives a soldier s eye view of the Guadalcanal battles crucial to World War II, the war that continues to fascinate us all, and to military history in general Unlike some of those on Guadalcanal in the fall of 1942, Richard Tregaskis volunteered to be there An on location news correspondent at the time, one of only two on Guadalcanal , he lived alongside the soldiers sleeping on the ground only to be awoken by air raids eating the sometimes meager rations, and braving some of the most dangerous battlefields of World War II He than once narrowly escaped the enemy s fire, and so we have this incisive and exciting inside account of the groundbreaking initial landing of U.S troops on Guadalcanal.With a new Introduction by Mark Bowden renowned journalist and author of Black Hawk Down this edition of Guadalcanal Diary makes available once one of the most important American works of the war.

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    1. This wasn't a great book but it was an interesting read. I expected more than what I got out of it. Richard Tregaskis is a journalist who tags along with the U.S. Marines when they invade Guadalcanal during WWII. Each day he records what he sees and hears for the people back home in the U.S. Where Tregaskis succeeds is in his description of Guadalcanal and the surrounding islands. He made these exotic South Pacific islands come alive for me. Where he fails is his inability to convey the exciteme [...]

    2. I found this book in my late Grandfather in-law's library -- a first edition hardcover from the forties. It sounds trite, but the effects of war, the mark it leaves on the those who fight it, is always more interesting to me than the mechanics of combat or tactics. This book gives a good historical boots-on-the-ground perspective of Guadalcanal from a theatre of the second world war that often takes a backseat to Europe given the scale of Nazi atrocities.Shortly after I finished this book, my wi [...]

    3. Richard Tregaskis is the original war reporter vérité. His accounts are a straightforward narrative of the action, without the ego puff that a khaki and Rayban-wearing modern 'war correspondent' would inject. A modern correspondent uses the word "I" much more than Tregaskis ever did. A modern correspondent will let you know if he's hot, or hungry or tired, whereas Tregasksis was solely interested in the soldier who asked to do a very tough job for his country in very tough circumstances. Brian [...]

    4. Guadalcanal--a battle that remains a milestone in the history of WWII. Along with Midway, it became a turning point in the Pacific. The author wrote of those violent days without resorting to hyperbole. It may not be the definitive book on Guadalcanal, but it is very readable.

    5. This is an actual diary (edited for readability) of a war correspondent who landed with the Marines on Guadalcanal on 1943. He was not shy about joining them in their expeditions and patrols, and spent a lot of time lying flat on the ground listening to Japanese bullets snap overhead, or sitting in a bunker during the Japanese Navy's regular night bombardment. The volume I read was printed the very year of the landing. It would be very interesting to read this in parallel with a modern campaign [...]

    6. I’m in the process of trying to get a feel for what it was like on Guadalcanal because my dad fought there with the 25th Inf Div. The 25th didn’t arrive until December of 1942 well after the Marines went in. This book covers the period July 26th until September 26th 1942 and follows the Marines through the eyes of and words of War Correspondent Richard Tregaskis. Tregaskis went in with the Marines and like the Marines slept where he could, when he could. He also got shot at regularly. The ed [...]

    7. Guadalcanal Diary was originally published in 1943 while the battle for the Solomon Island group was fresh in the minds of Americans. The book was written as a memoir Richard Tregaskis, a war correspondent for International News Service, in the form of a daily journal. The book recounts the activities prior to the invasion and the first months of the battle for the islands in the Solomons. During the battle, Tregaskis lived with the Marines and went through several battles on the front lines. Tr [...]

    8. This is a journalist's reporting of our first invasion in the Pacific that was also supposedly the first use of air, land and sea resources in an amphibious invasion. He lived on the island for more than a month in harsh conditions, and he took a lot of risks accompanying marines and Raiders on assaults, raids and the main invasion. He was a literature major from Harvard who signed up for the press corps at the start of the war, and was pretty tough to do it considering he was a diabetic. The bo [...]

    9. Unusual military memoir in that he published it as a book immediately after he returned from Guadalcanal. During the war. With names of individuals he interacted with and where they came from. The details are great and focused more on how men at war live and work than on military strategy.I was intrigued by his size 14 shoes--he had a hard time getting replacements from the Army. Turns out his was 6 ft 7 in, especially tall for the 1940s. He also had diabetes and carried along insulin. Presumabl [...]

    10. I'm rating this only two stars ONLY because it is not exactly a pleasant or cheerful read. It is brutal, cold, raw, and ferocious. However, its place in the canon (get it? canon?) of WWII historical documents is well-established and firmly assured.It is one of the finest works of its kind. Nevertheless, it is somewhat dry. Not for the 'casual' reader.

    11. A gyrene's perspective on America's first step back across the Pacific. Great battlefield reporting from a noted war correspondent. The movie's a hoot, with geezer William Bendix as a Marine!

    12. 1st Person Narrative of GuadalcanalThis history of the Guadalcanal campaign is a diary by the young correspondent who covered the war for a leading news service of the day. Modern readers might be offended by the terms "Jap" and "Nip" for Japanese, but that was how it was in 1943.The book offers great insight into the day to day events of the campaign that was the turning point of WW II in the Pacific.

    13. My book that I read was about the Marines that fought against the Japanese on Guadalcanal. The Marine that tells the story is at base and heres about the invasion. He asks to be moved to that group and he is. Later on in the book him and the rest of the Marines are put on the island and forces the Japanese out. S bit Later on they get in combat and get pinned by some enemy fire but make it out and take the island.

    14. GuadalcanalHaving lost an Uncle in one of these battles from the 1st Marine Division 1st Engineering Battalion Company B I have been interested in learning about this encounter. This book is excellent in describing what occurred on this island although the author leaves a few days before his battle.

    15. published in 1943, an excellent first hand account of the war in Guadalcanal as told by war correspondent Richard Tregaskis. His first of several books is a first hand account of him living, eating , sleeping and everything else on the front lines of battle during the first few weeks of the Guadalcanal Campaign.

    16. This book is an excellent account of some of the things that happened at Guadalcanal. My father was involved in that battle. He was a frogman(Now known as Navy Seals). He never spoke of any of his missions. This gives me a small bit of what he was involved in. I highly recommend this book. Everyone should read it. It should be read in all history classes.

    17. As concise and to the point as a diary should beThe book is actually a vinget of short narrative sentences of observations, conversations and inquiries in the middle of dangerous war operations.

    18. I'm reading this as part of my project to read all of the books my grandfather recorded reading in his diary during his deployment in North Africa, Italy, India, and China from November 1942-May 1945. Aside from that, it's a bit of a slog.

    19. I read Invasion Diary several months ago so I was eager to read Guadalcanal Diary: 2nd Edition. The writing style is very similar in both books. I found both books equally good in telling the story of US forces in combat. After reading both books, my admiration for Richard Tregaskis as a war correspondent has grown immensely. It takes a certain person who’s willing to place himself in harm’s way as a non-combatant. I read the Kindle Edition of Guadalcanal Diary: 2nd Edition. My only complain [...]

    20. another book recommended from the "100 One-Night Reads", it is a memoir by a war correspondent & it takes place in WWII 1942 on Guadalcanal. It is well written & was well received at the time, eventually being made into a film, but it got very repetitive for me & I can't say I enjoyed this one.

    21. Nothing beats reading someone's first-hand account since the details are personal and immediate. Guadalcanal Diary is just that, the author in this case a reporter who was with U.S. forces when they landed on Guadalcanal (and surrounding islands) on August 7, 1942 in order to fight the Japanese for the island's top resource: a strategically important airfield.Tregaskis was the first to write and publish a book about the events that happened those first few months on the island---in fact the book [...]

    22. First Hand HistoryGreat real time history. Great prose. The nitty gritty of combat life on an inhospitable island in the middle of nowhere. Yet another telling of the Greatest Generation.

    23. I have to say upfront that this is a book that had specially meaning to me as I read it in that my paternal grandfather fought on Guadalcanal. As a matter of fact he was in the first wave. The family, however, knows little of what he truly experienced on that island because he refused to speak of happened. (He would participate in several campaigns culminating on Peleliu where is was one of 11 Marines out of his original company to walk off the island.) There is that personal connection that mak [...]

    24. An excellent experience and read for those who are military historians, the readers must bear in mind the author was a war correspondent during World War II in the Pacific theater. This is a portrayal of the combat soldier and what was being experiencing on a daily basis. As a young man I enlisted in the Marine Corps during he Korean War. Those Marines I served with with were those who fought the war across the Pacific islands until it was concluded. It was the experience of a life time sitting [...]

    25. There's a reason Guadalcanal Diary is considered a classic and it has to do with Richard Tregaskis' pitch-perfect story telling. The author relates what he sees, hears, and experiences in a straight-forward, unembellished style. The heroics of the Marines in this desperate fight required no embellishment; neither did the squalid conditions in which they lived. It is important to understand that this book is, in fact, a diary and not a history of the battle. To that extent, I was somewhat surpris [...]

    26. I bought this at a used book store some time ago. I started reading Neptune's Inferno recently. I decided I would read Guadalcanal Diary at the same time. So far it is interesting to see the different styles, the amount of information, the perspectives, etc. from a book written in 1943 to a book written in 2011. I finally finished this book. There were times when it sounded like a movie-tone news reel. It was interesting to hear how the war was viewed at the time. Tregaskis painted a rosy pictur [...]

    27. Anyone interested in the Guadalcanal campaign should read Tregaskis' Guadalcanal Diary, not so much for learning the minute details of the military operation, but to feel history, to be right next to the Marines who went ashore, secured Henderson Field and battled in the island's jungle to keep it. As a book written in 1943, it is a reporter's book, not a study of the campaign. As such, it captures the essence of what being there was like. At least this is what is being reported by those who wer [...]

    28. I first read this book in 1967 as an seventh grader who was forced to pick out a book from the bookmobile by my mother. All I wanted to do was play that summer and I chose a "war book" out of spite. Little did I know the door that I had inadvertantly opened for myself to a brand new world. But enough about me. This book was written in a time when not only were there war time censors but also those who monitored content for things that were morally and socially acceptable for the public at large [...]

    29. I read this because my father was a Marine who fought at Guadalcanal. I was somewhat disappointed at the glossing over of the truly desperate nature of the Marines stationed there (there are only bare hints dropped about the epidemics of tropical diseases, the food shortages, the insidious tactics of Japanese infiltrators, the poor morale arising from the naval withdrawal), but since this was published during the war, a heavy amount of censorship was to be expected. This book still provides a go [...]

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