I met Col. Alexander at 50th Anniversary of Tarawa landings at Camp Lejeune. He was working on the book at that time. After reading the finished book, I realize the hell my father and his fellow Marines endured in those three days more than I ever have before. The book is clearly written with many firsthand accounts from the Marines who fought this engagement. Many of the lessons learned with their blood, sweat and tears became a part of Amphibious Doctrine. Alexander's book is a testament to the sacrifices made by the Marine Corps.