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This is an outstanding combination of journalism and history. I highly recommend it for anyone in an interest in war especially the theatre of the Pacific war. The author is truly a humanist and avoids seeing the past in the propaganda of the time.
The author's dad who was a marine sometimes was inflicted to fits of rage while he grew up. "I didn't kill him, they blamed me" he would sometimes scream while he worked in his workshop while a picture of his dad and a war buddy hung above his fathers work bench. After his dad passed away the author in attempt to put to sleep not only his dads ghosts, but his as well, goes on a quest to discover who is the man in the picture and what was the war that shaped his dads life, and the authors as well. This book will make you question the notion that there are "good wars".