One Square Mile of Hell

One Square Mile of Hell

The Battle for Tarawa

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  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781440620133
  • 336 Pages
  • NAL
  • Adult


In the Tarawa atoll lies the tiny islet of Betio. In November of 1943, the men of the 2nd Marine Division watched as bombardments destroyed the island’s Japanese defenses. But when the Marines landed, the Japanese poured out of their protective bunkers and began one of the most brutal encounters of the war.

Drawn from sources such as participants’ letters and diaries and interviews with survivors, One Square Mile of Hell is the riveting true account of a battle between two determined foes, neither of whom would ever look at each other in the same way again.


Wukovits writes as though he had gone ashore with the Marines…a worthy memorial to the Marines who fought there. (Herman Wouk)

This fast-paced chronicle of courage is a must read. (Lt. Col. Oliver L. North)

The best book I have ever read about the battle for Tarawa.(Gunnery Sgt. Jack Coughlin, U SMC (Ret.), author of Shooter: The Autobiography of the Top-Ranked Marine Sniper)