GUADALCANAL: An American Story. 1st Marine Division, Americal Division, 25th Infantry Division. Without altering the facts of this bloody battle that turned the tide of the Pacific War, author Carl Hixon has presented the dramatic six-month struggle with all the elements of gripping, best-selling adventure fiction. 256 pages. 22 photographs.
Over the years many excellent histories have been written about the Battle of Guadalcanal but until now, no author has presented the dramatic six-month struggle with all the elements of bestselling fiction. Without altering the facts of this bloody battle that turned the tide of war in the Pacific, Carl Hixon takes full advantage of its untapped potential --an underdog cornered, a seemingly unsolvable problem, and nerve-racking suspense from start to finish--to create a work that?s hard to set aside.
He takes up the story in the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, then quickly zeroes in on the South Pacific island of Guadalcanal as the U.S. First Marine Division is ordered to land a hastily planned amphibious assault. Six months and many exciting encounters later, combined U.S. forces sweep the last of the formerly unbeaten Japanese army off the island.
Guadalcanal campaign veterans will delight in this unique tribute to their profound efforts in 1942 and 1943 and so, too, will readers everywhere who want to learn more about World War II or who simply enjoy exciting war stories.
Carl Hixon served in both the U.S. Merchant Marine and Marine Corps during World War II. As a civilian he became vice president of an advertising agency in Chicago before retiring to write.
"Guadalcanal: An American Story,is a book that's hard to set aside--and I've read many books on the subject and know many Marines, sailors, and soldiers who fought there. Mr. Hixon writes well and is especially skillful in maintaining the rapid pace he establishes right from the outset."___John McCormick, author of The Right Kind of War.
":Like Gettysburg and Midway, Guadalcanal will always be a popular subject, and this account of the battle is for a broad audience. Carl Hixon's writing is crisp and colorful and full of passion. He knows how to tell an exciting story."___Thomas J. Cutler, author of Brown Water, Black Berets
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