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Thursday, March 11, 2010

War in the Pacific

This coming Sunday, March 14, HBO is showing the first part of a ten-part miniseries, The Pacific, starting at 9:00 PM.

The miniseries is based, in part, of first-hand accounts of participants in the World War II's Pacific campaign. One of the books is Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific: A Young Man's Stirring Account of Combat in World War II by Robert Leckie [B LEC].

We have many other books on the war in the Pacific including Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath by Michael Norman [940.5472 NOR] and Ghost Soldiers: The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission by Hampton Sides [940.54 SID].

The Pacific campaign is the subject of several works of fiction and films including The Pilots by James Spencer [F SPE], The Thin Red Line [DVD THI], and South Pacific [DVD SOU].


  1. Recently there was a good interview with Tom Hanks on the Colbert Show about this miniseries. My dad went straight from the farm I write about in Texas into the military and off to the Pacific. What a stunning journey that must have been for all those young men and women.

  2. I think my father's years as a young marine in the Pacific colored everything he did for the rest of his life.

    I'll be watching. Thanks for the reminder, Diane.