Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War

By William Manchester
Read by Barrett Whitener

15.03 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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The nightmares began for William Manchester twenty-three years after World War II. In his dreams he lived with the recurring image of himself as a battle-weary youth “angrily demanding to know what had happened to the three decades since he had laid down his arms.” To find out, Manchester visited those places in the Pacific where as a young Marine he fought the Japanese. In this intensely powerful memoir, America’s preeminent biographer-historian, who has written so brilliantly about World War II in his acclaimed lives of General Douglas MacArthur (American Caesar) and Winston Churchill (The Last Lion), looks back at his own early life. He offers an unrivaled firsthand account of World War II in the Pacific: of what it looked like, sounded like, smelled like, and most of all, what it felt like to one who underwent all but the ultimate of its experiences.

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Summary

Summary

ANew York Times Bestseller in 1980 for Nonfiction

A 1981Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Nonfiction

The nightmares began for William Manchester twenty-three years after World War II. In his dreams he lived with the recurring image of himself as a battle-weary youth “angrily demanding to know what had happened to the three decades since he had laid down his arms.” To find out, Manchester visited those places in the Pacific where as a young Marine he fought the Japanese.

In this intensely powerful memoir, America’s preeminent biographer-historian, who has written so brilliantly about World War II in his acclaimed lives of General Douglas MacArthur (American Caesar) and Winston Churchill (The Last Lion), looks back at his own early life. He offers an unrivaled firsthand account of World War II in the Pacific: of what it looked like, sounded like, smelled like, and most of all, what it felt like to one who underwent all but the ultimate of its experiences.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A strong and honest account…Manchester’s combat writing…stands comparison with the best.” New York Times Book Review
“Compelling…No other living author could have gotten it all down so well.” New York Daily News
“Belongs with the best war memoirs ever written.” Los Angeles Times
“Gripping…It is impossible for an American to read this book without pride in what his country accomplished in those days of enormous challenge.” Christian Science Monitor
“When Manchester speaks of the awesome heroism and hideous suffering of the Marines he lived with and fought with, he is reverent before the mystery of individual courage and gallantry.” Baltimore Sun
“Narrator Barrett Whitener…knows how to keep the writer in the limelight, letting the fun come from Manchester’s style and content. Whitener’s quiet manner sometimes morphs to a whisper in a delivery perfect for a warrior’s memories. Although this is an entertaining memoir, it also serves as an excellent history of the Pacific Campaign.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: William Manchester

William Manchester (1922–2004) was an award-winning American author, biographer, historian, and a professor emeritus of history at Wesleyan University. Among his many New York Times bestselling books are A World Lit Only by Fire; The Glory and the Dream; American Caesar; Goodbye, Darkness; and The Last Lion, a multivolume biography of Winston Churchill. He was also a recipient of the National Humanities Medal and the Abraham Lincoln Literary Award.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 15.03
Audience: Adult
Language: English