Books: The Bloody Beaches

THE MARINES' WAR (456 pp.) —Fletcher Pratf—Sloane ($5).

On that September morning, a Japanese lieutenant of machine cannon on the island of Peleliu looked out over the Pacific Ocean and noted in his diary that what he saw made him "so furious I could feel the blood pounding in my veins throughout my body." The U.S. Marines had come, and with them a naval escort that stretched as far as the eye could see. After ten days of pounding, the warships and carrier planes ceased fire, and a transport commander said complacently to a Marine colonel: "Everything's done over there. You'll walk...

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