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Brotherhood of Heroes

The Marines at Peleliu, 1944--The Bloodiest Battle of the Pacific War

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This Band of Brothers for the Pacific is the gut-wrenching and ultimately triumphant story of the Marines' most ferocious—yet largely forgotten—battle of World War II.

Between September 15 and October 15, 1944, the First Marine Division suffered more than 6,500 casualties fighting on a hellish little coral island in the Pacific. Peleliu was the setting for one of the most savage struggles of modern times, a true killing ground that has been all but forgotten—until now. Drawing on interviews with Peleliu veterans, Bill Sloan's gripping narrative seamlessly weaves together the experiences of the men who were there, producing a vivid and unflinching tableau of the twenty-four-hour-a-day nightmare of Peleliu.

Emotionally moving and gripping in its depictions of combat, Brotherhood of Heroes rescues the Corps's bloodiest battle from obscurity and does honor to the Marines who fought it.

Photo Credit: Lana Sloan

Bill Sloan is a respected military historian and author of more than a dozen books, including Brotherhood of Heroes: The Ultimate Battle. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

"You'll read it with sweaty palms and an aching heart. . . . The battle is a classic, and Sloan's book does it justice." -- The Washington Post Book World

"Superbly crafted . . . Sloan takes the reader straight into the hell of the beach landing, firefights and hand-to-hand combat, drawing from the memories of Marines who overcame their worst fears, did their duty and somehow survived." -- Si Dunn, The Dallas Morning News

"The definitive book on Peleliu . . . I read it and couldn't put it down. I cried. It is superb." -- Christopher Wright, The Old Breed News

"Sloan expertly captures the enduring greatness of American soldiers sent to fight against impossible odds." -- W. E. B. Griffin, author of the Brotherhood of War novels

"A superbly researched, riveting story of one of the most violent battles in American history. Read it and weep for those magnificent American fighting men." -- Harold G. Moore, coauthor of We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young

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