With the Old Breed - E.B. Sledge

With the Old Breed

By E.B. Sledge

  • Release Date: 2007-05-01
  • Genre: Military
Score: 5
From 1,286 Ratings


“Eugene Sledge became more than a legend with his memoir, With The Old Breed. He became a chronicler, a historian, a storyteller who turns the extremes of the war in the Pacific—the terror, the camaraderie, the banal and the extraordinary—into terms we mortals can grasp.”—Tom Hanks


In The Wall Street Journal, Victor Davis Hanson named With the Old Breed one of the top five books on epic twentieth-century battles. Studs Terkel interviewed the author for his definitive oral history, The Good War. Now E. B. Sledge’s acclaimed first-person account of fighting at Peleliu and Okinawa returns to thrill, edify, and inspire a new generation.

An Alabama boy steeped in American history and enamored of such heroes as George Washington and Daniel Boone, Eugene B. Sledge became part of the war’s famous 1st Marine Division—3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. Even after intense training, he was shocked to be thrown into the battle of Peleliu, where “the world was a nightmare of flashes, explosions, and snapping bullets.” By the time Sledge hit the hell of Okinawa, he was a combat vet, still filled with fear but no longer with panic.

Based on notes Sledge secretly kept in a copy of the New Testament, With the Old Breed captures with utter simplicity and searing honesty the experience of a soldier in the fierce Pacific Theater. Here is what saved, threatened, and changed his life. Here, too, is the story of how he learned to hate and kill—and came to love—his fellow man.

“In all the literature on the Second World War, there is not a more honest, realistic or moving memoir than Eugene Sledge’s. This is the real deal, the real war: unvarnished, brutal, without a shred of sentimentality or false patriotism, a profound primer on what it actually was like to be in that war. It is a classic that will outlive all the armchair generals’ safe accounts of—not the ‘good war’—but the worst war ever.”—Ken Burns

From the Trade Paperback edition.


  • Amazing

    By Marine_50613
    As a Marine that served with 2/4 (attached to 5th Marines) I know its history very well. I’m a Iraq/Afghanistan veteran and I’m a huge WW2 history buff I have read many book about the Pacific Campaigns but this is by far one of the best. In my opinion personal accounts are always better then historical event books. It’s more graphical and less blurred for the average reader. Sledge did a outstanding job making you feel like you where next to him. Thank you to all Marines of WW2 and Semper Fi Marines
  • Outstanding!!

    By Uslenawee
    It must have been a tremendous ordeal to put all of these memories on paper. So glad Mr. Sledge was able to do it. I will never think about war in the same way again.
  • Incredible

    By RTjames
    Important to read is an understatement. Fantastic book.
  • Forever proud and humbled by all our veterans

    By Momii313
    Raw, Riveting, and Reality at its best. Thank you veterans - for your service and personal sacrifice. We are a grateful nation.
  • Insightful

    By Bdude24
    Having read many books set in this time period, found the s a refreshing, first-hand micro level story. Rather than highlighting large pieces on the chessboard, focused on one brave Marine's experience.
  • With the Old Breed

    By BJHanlon
    In this spare and gripping memoir, EB Sledge was as fine a writer as he was a patriot and hero.
  • Great Read

    By Paulippoi
    Shows the real was minus the supposed glory. Great read.

    By Mihsjdjndbjsj
    The world would probably be a safer place if everyone alive would read this book. The simple savagery. The waste of lives. The countless toll that this war took on all sides is put on paper with this book. Excellent read.
  • Great read

    By Killjoynew
    It's nice to read about the military experiences from the individuals that fought the battles.
  • With The Old Breed

    By gravetoshallow
    This book is by far the best war memoir ever written. To read and try to understand the brutal hellish conditions these Marines faced on a day to day basis in combat on Peleliu and Okinawa is something that should be remembered and shared for generations to come. For, they are the greatest generation. Semper FI!