GOODBYE, DARKNESS deserves its legendary reputation of WW2Pacific memoirs. Its tall, ectomorphic New England scion narrator turns down OCS and battles as a Marine across the Pacific. His is a narrative filled with sexual kinks but also stern unflinching reality. The action is intense and searing, and the level of detail that of a personal observer.
This book is criticized because it falls between history and memoir; the author implies he was present at more engagements than he really was. However, good points include frame story of the now elderly narrator visiting the old battle sites, and the same "sexual kinks" revealed also lend an air of authenticity and personalization.
Follow Manchester through the Pacific all the way to VJ day, under the voice of a seventy year old man's now reflective self-analysis. Solid 4/5 and the full score for war buffs.