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This is the story of an insignificant battle fought in the South Pacific during World War II, as seen by a writer who was covering it as part of the Witnesses to War series. Marines creep through the jungle across an island, are ambushed by Japanese, and retreat to safety over many miles, carrying their dead and dying comrades.The thing that struck me most was the palpable relief from Hersey after the battle, when he knew he would be going back to the U.S. and the Marines would not.When I was ab...
Haunting book, as befits a Pulitzer Prize winning author. The ending brought tears to my eyes, and it was't only for the men who died.
I've read many war diaries ranging from 'I Rode With Stonewall' about the Civil War to 'One Bugle, No Drums' about Korea. They give the reader a sense of what it's like in combat and the knowledge that sitting it an easy chair reading about it is as close as any sane person would want to get to it. Now you take a gifted novelist and send him on a hopeless attack with the Marines at Guadalcanal and somehow the horror of war ends up right in your lap. This slim volume brings home the man's inhuman...
This is a first person account of a small part of the Guadalcanal effort by a newspaper writer in his first encounter with battle. It is illuminating because he has not been indoctrinated like a marine with whom he is traveling. His observations are intimate and personal. You can smell the fear. It is a good introduction to warfare writing.
World War II StoryThis is a very good book. The author is John Hersey, who wrote as a young man about the first battle he was in. His good with action and with his descriptions. Ivan that a boy just getting involved with the war would know much better after reading him what was in store.
Read many years ago in my high school years, the copy being my father's. The author was a TIME-LIFE correspondent during World War II who accompanied a unit of Marines into a valley on Guadalcanal in October 1942 and witnessed a skirmish with the Japanese there. Very fine war reporting, it gives the reader a sense of what it was like to have been there.
Short book about a small battle in GuadalcanalI visited the creek and valley where this incident took place when I visited Guadalcanal last year. Vivid portrait of men at war.
The second book that is a piece of reporting from Guadalcanal. Not quite as long or developed as Guadalcanal Diary, but still worthwhile.
This is a very interesting and quick read. This reporter's account of one battle in one valley on Guadalcanal, in October 1942, helps illustrate what everyone on that island went through day to day with the very specific details of this one fight.I read this right after reading Richard Tregaskis's Guadalcanal Diary, which is fitting since Diary ends on September 26, 1942 and Valley starts just a week or two later. I like both books for what they are able to convey about the Guadalcanal campaign,...
Into the Valley by John Hersey is a reporter's on-the-spot report of a battle which took place on October 8, 1942 on Guadalcanal. Hersey was a correspondent with Time-Life and was attached to Company H of the Marine Corps under the command of Captain Charles Rigaud. The heavy machine gun company was ordered into the valley at the Matanikau River with the goal of forcing the enemy back beyond the river.As Hersey moves with the company and watches the men under fire, he realizes how much these Mar...
Well, I now know the meaning of "military crest" and "approach fire." This was a very short book, 136 pages. Hersey attached himself to a machinegun company as it descended into a valley and attempted to cross a river as part of a wider attack. The hike down was uneventful, but as they approached the river, the company came under rifle and machinegun fire. As they attempted to bring forward and set up their own machineguns to return fire, they came under mortar fire, suffered casualties and were...
Hersey's second book, compiled form first hand experience in the South Pacific campaign as a reporter for Time Magazine. Excellent first-hand account of jungle warfare as presented in the fiction of James Jones: The Thin Red Line and Norman Mailer's The Naked and the Dead. Hersey was commended for his heroism under fire for his assisting the wounded after a disastrous rout by Japanese troops.Into the Valley: Marines at Guadalcanal
Hersey became famous for his description of Hiroshima after the bomb. This was written three years before that. He follows a company on patrol in the jungles of Guadalcanal. Realistic and well written. You can feel the sweat rolling down the backs of these young Marines as they embark on jungle patrols.
Very brief book based on 1942 magazine story for LIFE magazine. Includes a 15-page retrospective introduction from 1989. Very moving, indicative of suffering and sacrifice. The edition I read was just 90 pages; not sure of the publisher/edition.
A short story of a company of Marines fighting on Guadalcanal. Hersey is a voluteer combat correspondant, and he captures the ferocity of the fight and the dedication of the Marines to each other on the 'canal back in summer 1942. S/F!
A very quick enjoyable piece written during the war. Not military history per we (no maps, no orders of battle, no high-ranking officer pontificating - just a clear and honest description of men in combat.