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Saipan: The War Diary of John Ciardi

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This is the story of John Ciardi's days and nights as a gunner on a B-29 stationed on the island of Saipan, in the South Pacific, written during four of the last terrible months of World War II. But it is a larger and older story than that. Change the ways of dying and the teller of the tale might be an archer with King Richard or a Roman legionnaire on the plains of Gaul. This is a journal of any war and of all the young who fight them, of fear and courage, of stupidity, anger, loneliness, and pity. Of how it is to remain human, standing on the edge of the pit and looking in.

The diary was discovered among John Ciardi's papers a year after his death on Easter Sunday, 1986. Following the dated entries are a number of Ciardi's poems—some never before published—written at random throughout the diary.

Robert M. Cordray, pilot of the "Heavenly Body," the B-29 on which Ciardi flew, writes in his foreward, "I came to learn that a man is measured by more than the stripes on his sleeve or the bars on his shoulder."

Here, in all his dimensions, is the measure of the man.

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