Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War


Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War by William Manchester.

A must read memoir of the pacific war, not only is William Manchester a great writer, he is brutally honest (and that includes his own failures) too and gives an incredible insight into his wartime experience.

There are more accurate and more balanced books about the history of the Pacific War (as the author acknowledges himself) and some of his conclusions about campaigns and strategies have been superseded by the many years of research since the book was first released. But that is not was this book is about. It is about his personal experience, his trauma, his ambivalent relationship to the Marine Corps, his time in the war.

Some of the events he describes are almost unbelievable, one that stuck to my mind was a Marine who claimed he could read and write Japanese and since no one could check he ended up giving lessons to officers! In complete fantasy Japanese! 😀

Still looking for a good book to read during your summer vacation? Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War is highly recommended!


~ by m1pencil on July 14, 2014.

One Response to “Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War”

  1. I read the book twice already and enjoyed it every time. The only “downside” is that its already very old material concerning his visits to the old battlefields. I also found it fun to read how he still would feel uneasy with japanese vets around such as when he spoke by chance with that kamikaze survivor at Guadalcanal.

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