Red Blood, Black Sand Fighting Alongside John Basilone from Boot Camp to Iwo Jima

ISBN-10: 0425257428
ISBN-13: 9780425257425
Edition: N/A
Authors: Chuck Tatum
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Description: In 1944, the U.S. Marines were building the 5th Marine Division—also known as “The Spearhead”—in preparation for the invasion of the small, Japanese-held island of Iwo Jima. . . When Chuck Tatum began Marine boot camp, he was just a smart-aleck  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/7/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

In 1944, the U.S. Marines were building the 5th Marine Division—also known as “The Spearhead”—in preparation for the invasion of the small, Japanese-held island of Iwo Jima. . . When Chuck Tatum began Marine boot camp, he was just a smart-aleck teenager eager to serve his country. Little did he know that he would be training under a living legend of the Corps—Medal of Honor recipient John Basilone, who had almost single-handedly fought off a Japanese force of three thousand on Guadalcanal.It was from Basilone and other sergeants that Tatum would learn how to fight like a Marine and act like a man—skills he would need when he hit the black sand of Iwo Jima with thirty thousand other Marines.Red Blood, Black Sandis the story of Chuck’s two weeks in hell, where he would watch his hero, Basilone, fall, where the enemy stalked the night, where snipers haunted the day, and where Chuck would see his friends whittled away in an eardrum-shattering, earth-shaking, meat grinder of a battle.This is the island, the heroes, and the tragedy of Iwo Jima, through the eyes of the battle’s greatest living storyteller, Chuck Tatum.

Charles M. Tatum, PhD, is professor of Spanish and Chicano studies at the University of Arizona. He was for 15 years dean of College of Humanities. He has written and edited several books on Chicana/o literature and popular culture, including Greenwood's "Lowriders in Chicano Culture: From Low to Slow to Show".

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