Red Blood, Black Sand

  • by Chuck Tatum
  • Narrated by Norman Dietz
  • 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 Sand is 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.

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What the Critics Say

"In my judgment no combat veteran's memoir is better . . . and only a handful are equal." Stephen E. Ambrose

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Customer Reviews

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Long in the tooth, but great story of a US Marine

Would you consider the audio edition of Red Blood, Black Sand to be better than the print version?

As an ex-Marine, I appreciate the detail but was more detail in front and at the end that was needed.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Gyst Basilone


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- Warren

Highly recommended

Jocko Willink led me to this author!! Will definitely be reading more of his recommendations!
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- Juventino

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-06-2014
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio