"Red Blood, Black Sand" with Chuck Tatum autographed bookplate
- ABOUT THE BOOK
We honored to offer paperbacks of Red Blood, Black Sand, with a bookplate mounted inside that has been autographed by author Chuck Tatum.
Chuck served as a Marine machine gunner on Iwo Jima where he earned the Bronze Star and fought alongside his idol, John Basilone. This book was used as a basis for The Pacific mini-series.
Includes a COA // shipping added in checkout // ships bubble wrapped & boxed
A story of heroism, friendship, and courage in World War II—as seen in the award-winning HBO miniseries The Pacific.
In 1944, the U.S. Marines were building the 5th Marine Division—also known as “The Spearhead”—in preparation for the invasion of the small, Japanese-held island of Iwo Jima...
When Chuck Tatum began Marine boot camp, he was just a smart-aleck teenager eager to serve his country. Little did he know that he would be training under a living legend of the Corps—Medal of Honor recipient John Basilone, who had almost single-handedly fought off a Japanese force of three thousand on Guadalcanal.
It was from Basilone and other sergeants that Tatum would learn how to fight like a Marine and act like a man—skills he would need when he hit the black sand of Iwo Jima with thirty thousand other Marines.
Red Blood, Black Sand is the story of Chuck’s two weeks in hell, where he would watch his hero, Basilone, fall, where the enemy stalked the night, where snipers haunted the day, and where Chuck would see his friends whittled away in an eardrum-shattering, earth-shaking, meat grinder of a battle. This is the island, the heroes, and the tragedy of Iwo Jima—through the eyes of one who survived it.
- Enjoy Chuck's bio video below featuring Tom Hanks & Steven Spielberg.