D-Days in the Pacific

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Miller’s book, D-Days in the Pacific, is the only popular history of the entire Pacific War to feature Corporal Eugene B. Sledge, the main character of the HBO series The Pacific. The book covers in vivid detail Sledge’s combat experience on Peleliu and Okinawa, as well as the three other major campaigns included in the HBO series: Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, and Cape Gloucester. D-Days in the Pacific is the story of the American re-conquest of the Pacific from Imperial Japan, a story told through the eye-witness accounts of soldiers, sailors, pilots, nurses, journalists and POWs. It was named one of the Outstanding Books on Military History in 2006 by both the Washington Post and World War II Magazine. Weaving together letters, memoirs, military records, newspaper articles, and hundreds of interviews with veterans, Miller creates not just a historical study but a visceral experience. And in describing the tremendous carnage resulting from suicide attacks by desperate Japanese forces, he considers the moral ambiguity of a contest that became a battle of attrition fueled by racial hatred.