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The Last Parallel: A Marine's War Journal (original: 1957; edição: 1999)

de Martin Russ (Autor)

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Long regarded as one of the best books about combat ever written, The Last Parallel -- an undisputed classic of the Korean War -- is back in print. A national bestseller and a Book-of-the-Month Club main selection, The Last Parallel "ranks top among combat soldiers' war records of all time", said Fred T. Marsh in The New York Herald Tribune. John P. Marquand in the Book-of-the-Month Club News concurred: "The Last Parallel is about the best account of combat I have read. One could even rate it as a higher achievement in some respects than that classic, The Red Badge of Courage ... Every reader wilt see death and danger as Sergeant Russ saw it. He will wince at the explosion of the mortar shells. Vicariously he will struggle every step of the way as Russ and his companions bring back the dead and wounded ... it is the best pro-Marine book yet to be published and one that should be read by mothers, wives and sweethearts, as well as everyone who has worn a uniform".… (mais)
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Título:The Last Parallel: A Marine's War Journal
Autores:Martin Russ (Autor)
Informação:Fromm Intl (1999), Edition: 1st Printing, 333 pages
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One of the few books on the "Police Action" I have read, but it was quite engrossing. I'm glad the man got through the war. it was the first of the wars that the USA got into after WWII, and the participants, especially the americans thought it was going to be the last phase of WWIi all over again. There are no big battles, but the writer has considerable insight, given the background he brought to the conflict. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Oct 31, 2023 |
The Last Parallel by Martin Russ is a Marine's journal of his experience in the Korean War. Russ was an American military author, Marine, and associate professor at Carnegie-Mellon University. He was born in Newark in 1931, attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., but dropped out in his junior year to join the Marines.

The journal opens with a description of Camp Pendleton. Although written thirty years before I joined the Marines, the areas of Camp Pendleton were still familiar to me. Although things change on Camp Pendleton, they change slowly. Twenty years after I left the Marines I could still recognize my old unit from the interstate. Perhaps this opening describing the base sets the scene for how little the Marine Corps, and for that matter, individual Marines change over time. If Russ didn't identify himself as a Marine his mannerisms and general attitude would give it away very quickly. There is that confidence in his voice and that Marine attitude about what the Marine Corps does wrong. It's not a condescending attitude but one of acceptance and just another day in the Corps.

Russ was trained as an armorer but wanted infantry. He did everything in his power to get attached to an infantry unit during the war and eventually succeeded. Russ does not seem overly patriotic or even overly gung-ho. He is much more the average Joe who wanted to experience combat. Unlike Vietnam veterans who have written about their experience. Russ does not develop a negative attitude towards the war or the government. He details his experience as well as the equipment used and the number of Marines and their individual weapons on patrols. There seems to be a bit of dry information in all the descriptions, but Russ blends it well into his story. Perhaps it's that I served as a Marine and his narrative seems almost conversational -- nothing seemed boring or dry.

The Last Parallel presents a side of war that is not usually seen in writing. There is no political or personal ax to grind nor is there the hatred of war. Russ is neither a glory seeker nor someone looking to make sergeant major. He writes an unbiased account of his experience and in a way that is very Marine-like. There is a bit of lighthearted swagger in his writing that keeps it interesting from beginning to end. A very well written account of an American at war.
  evil_cyclist | Mar 16, 2020 |
Russ's other book, Breakout, is a terrificly gripping history of the Choisin Reservoir campaign, and has been a favorite of mine for some time. So when I saw this title I purchased it at once.

It's completely different, but I'm not disappointed at all. Russ, who enlisted in the Marine Corps to fight in Korea, secretly kept a journal, and this is it. He's an excellent writer, conveying well the events as well as the moods of that strange war. I think his drawings, sketchs of the views from various sites, maps, etc. are among the most valuable parts of the factual narrative.

I would recommend this to anyone interested in military memoirs, or anyone interested in an honest look at life on the front lines. Surely many units in many wars suffered more than his - Ypres, or the Choisin, for example - but that does not detract from his tale or his service. ( )
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Long regarded as one of the best books about combat ever written, The Last Parallel -- an undisputed classic of the Korean War -- is back in print. A national bestseller and a Book-of-the-Month Club main selection, The Last Parallel "ranks top among combat soldiers' war records of all time", said Fred T. Marsh in The New York Herald Tribune. John P. Marquand in the Book-of-the-Month Club News concurred: "The Last Parallel is about the best account of combat I have read. One could even rate it as a higher achievement in some respects than that classic, The Red Badge of Courage ... Every reader wilt see death and danger as Sergeant Russ saw it. He will wince at the explosion of the mortar shells. Vicariously he will struggle every step of the way as Russ and his companions bring back the dead and wounded ... it is the best pro-Marine book yet to be published and one that should be read by mothers, wives and sweethearts, as well as everyone who has worn a uniform".

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