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Max Brand
Naval Inst Pr (August 1, 1996)
231 pages
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I bought FIGHTER SQUADRON AT GUADALCANAL because I enjoyed reading a. .This is the only book that Max Brand wrote that was not a western.

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Brand, Max. Fighter Squadron at Guadalcanal. Written in 1943, this book was literally lost for over fifty years after the author was killed while covering the Italian front for Harper's magazine

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After several months of bitter fighting, American forces gained control of Guadalcanal, positioning them to swing forward beyond Rabaul to New Guinea

Max Brand, one of America's most popular and prolific novelists and author of such enduring works as Destry Rides Again and the Doctor Kildare stories, died on the Italian front in 1944 without having published his one work of nonfiction. Now after more than fifty years and a string of fortunate coincidences, Brand's stirring account of the 212th Marine Fighter Squadron's operations at Guadalcanal in 1942 has been set in print.One of the very first examples of oral history, this treasure trove of personal and historical detail was the result of hundreds of hours of interviews with the pilots and ground crew of the 212th, as well as with Marine infantrymen and Navy personnel, conducted soon after the events took place. Stories of thrilling, yet deadly, air-to-air combat are recounted in the words of the men who were there - who also share their innermost thoughts about fear, courage, and their resolve to defeat the Japanese.Lost when Brand was killed while covering the Italian campaign for Harper's magazine, this unique and important find would never have appeared in print except for a meeting of squadron veterans and the author's daughter. Graced with the poetic spirit and descriptive power of his well-loved novels, Brand's account deserves a place among the classics of World War II literature for both its literary merit and its rich legacy of personal insights into one of the pivotal campaigns of the Pacific War.
  • Jesmi
I'll be honest. I couldn't finish this book. I started it at least three times, but found it tedious and easy to put down each time. I bought FIGHTER SQUADRON AT GUADALCANAL because I enjoyed reading a few Max Brand westerns as a kid, and, since I generally enjoy books about war and the military, I thought I'd try this one. Brand wrote it from interviews he did with various squadron members during the war, but he put it aside when he got a chance to go overseas as a combat reporter, despite a bad heart. He was killed 'over there' in Italy. The unfinished manuscript languished for fifty years before it was finally published. And yes, I know Brand was a pen name for Frederick Schiller Faust. The book sounded like it would be a good one, but, to my mind, it was not, and Faust's family didn't do him any favors by dusting it off and publishing it. Sorry, Max. I would only recommend this book, and reluctantly at that, to avid WWII history buffs. (two and a half stars, with an admission that I couldn't finish it)

- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, Booklover
  • Ceroelyu
Great reporting is like a time-capsule, it allows you to experience the look, feel, and sense of a time and place, this book is great war reporting. There is nothing objective about this book, the narrative consists of a collection of interviews with the pilots and ground crew of VMF 212 concerning their participation in the air war over Guadalcanal as part of the famous Cactus Air Force. This is not some war story ginned up from imagination, this is the recollection of events as told by those that experienced them. There is no sense of objectivity, this isn't a history lesson, this is a war correspondents report from the men who served on the front lines. Told in the vernacular of the time, by the men who served there, this is as close to a time-capsule as you will ever find of that time and place.

The author, Frederick Faust, pen name Max Brand, was an extremely prolific writer, he wrote over 500 books, died in Italy while serving as a war correspondent on the Italian front in 1944. While the project was planned as a book from the beginning, the manuscript was largely forgotten for many years due to the author's death. Although the manuscript was completed during World War II, it was not published until 1996, when the author's daughter, in collaboration with some of the surviving fighter pilots, got together and brought this story to the general public.
  • Ffan
This is the only book that Max Brand wrote that was not a western. Mr. Brand owned a fine villa on the west coast in Orange Co. Ca.
When these Marine pilots started retuning from Guadalcanal the were invited to stay in this villa free and everything furnished free, NO not the ladies!
Two of the men named in this book are current members of the Palm Springs Air Museum.
The are USMC fighter Pilot General Fredric Payne And Naval crewman Bob Andredy. Mr Andredy was a friend of Mr. Brands family and was instrumental in helping to get this book published.
  • Daizil
Written in 1943 after conversations with both pilots and ground personnel. Brand tells the story of the first Marine fighter squadrons on Guadalcanal. This is not a history but a narrative telling of a pivotal battle, which stopped Japans expansion in the Pacific.
  • Questanthr
This is a great book. It tells it like it was in 1942. It pulls no punches having been written in 1943, long before political correctness.
  • Cobandis
A brilliant true contemporary account of a US Marine Fighter Squadron fighting the Japanese. A hard to come by book, well worth the read.
  • Zetadda
The beginnings of some great squadrons.
Bear in mind the fact that this book was written in a rush during Second War II. IT has no style, only a brief journalistic merit. It has almost none combat action, only patriotic praises to the brave and heroic Marine aviators. The reviewer who said that they were like the Spartans at Thermopylae must be joking...