Challenge for the Pacific by Robert Leckie audiobook

Challenge for the Pacific: Guadalcanal: The Turning Point of the War

By Robert Leckie
Read by Kevin Foley

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13.55 Hours Unabridged
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From the Japanese soldiers' carefully calculated—and ultimately foiled—attempt to build a series of impregnable island forts on the ground to the tireless efforts of the Americans who struggled against a tenacious adversary and the temperature and terrain of the island itself, Robert Leckie captures the loneliness, the agony, and the heat of twenty-four-hour-a-day fighting on Guadalcanal. Combatants from both sides are brought to life: General Archer Vandegrift, who first assembled an amphibious strike force; Isoruku Yamamoto, the naval general whose innovative strategy was tested; the island-born Allied scout Jacob Vouza, who survived hideous torture to uncover the enemy's plans; and Saburo Sakai, the ace flier who shot down American planes with astonishing ease. Propelling the Allies to eventual victory, Guadalcanal was truly the turning point of the war. Challenge for the Pacific is an unparalleled, authoritative account of this great fight that forever changed our world.

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Summary

Summary

From the Japanese soldiers' carefully calculated—and ultimately foiled—attempt to build a series of impregnable island forts on the ground to the tireless efforts of the Americans who struggled against a tenacious adversary and the temperature and terrain of the island itself, Robert Leckie captures the loneliness, the agony, and the heat of twenty-four-hour-a-day fighting on Guadalcanal. Combatants from both sides are brought to life: General Archer Vandegrift, who first assembled an amphibious strike force; Isoruku Yamamoto, the naval general whose innovative strategy was tested; the island-born Allied scout Jacob Vouza, who survived hideous torture to uncover the enemy's plans; and Saburo Sakai, the ace flier who shot down American planes with astonishing ease.

Propelling the Allies to eventual victory, Guadalcanal was truly the turning point of the war. Challenge for the Pacific is an unparalleled, authoritative account of this great fight that forever changed our world.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Leckie puts you in the foxhole. The New York Times Book Review
“Leckie puts you in the foxhole.” New York Times Book Review
“[A] stirring story of America’s survival in its grimmest hour…as readable and gripping as a novel.” Quincy (MA) Patriot Ledger
“Fast-paced and informative…Characters are very much alive on the printed page.” Navy Times
“Kevin Foley’s perfectly faithful reading…creates a pantheon of memorable characters on both sides.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Robert Leckie

Author Bio: Robert Leckie

Robert Leckie (1920–2001) served in the 1st Marine Division during World War II. After the war, he worked as a reporter for the Associated Press, the New York Journal American, the New York Daily News, and other newspapers. During his lifetime, he authored more than forty books on American war history, including March to Glory, The Battle for Iwo Jima, and The Wars of America: From 1600 to 1900.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 13.55
Audience: Adult
Language: English