Hell in the Pacific

As America's World War II generation passes into history, one of the last living veterans of the pivotal campaigns of the Pacific front offers a frank and searing combat memoir. In HELL IN THE PACIFIC: A Marine Rifleman's Journey from Guadalcanal to Peleliu (Simon & Schuster; June 5, 2012; $27.00), ninety-two-year-old Marine Jim McEnery teams up with acclaimed military historian Bill Sloan to present a visceral, inspiring, and at times heart-wrenching account of horror and heroism on the front lines.