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Book Title: Seven Leagues to Paradise|
The author of the book: Richard Tregaskis
Date of issue: May 1st 2000
ISBN 13: 9780595002412
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Is there an earthbound paradise?one single spot in all the world which is the perfect place to live?
This is the question Richard Tregaskis set out to answer, and here is his story of a thrilling 48,000?mile search for a modern?day Eden. Fulfilling a dream that everyone has shared at one time or another, the author voyaged leisurely around the globe?to the East Indies, Asia and Australia, Africa and Europe, New York and California. He visited many of the world's most fabulous regions, and he chronicles his adventures with exciting accounts of everyone he met, gaining a fascinating insight into the true nature of each country.
The people are vivid and varied:
Ex-GIs in Australia, the land of beautiful beaches, the worker's paradise.
Bare-bosomed women of Bali, typifying the movie ideal of a tropic isle.
Indian untouchables, courageous despite their lowly, caste-bound state.
Ladies of the evening in Singapore.
A Swiss watchmaker, passionately proud of his democratic heritage.
An American, married and settled in England, strongly advocating the British way of life.
These are but a few of the many personalties whose stories highlight this seven-league search. In pursuing his own paradise, Richard Tregaskis presents a colorful, frequently humorous, always perceptive picture of our far-flung neighbors and the lands in which they live.
Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1916, Richard Tregaskis was graduated from Harvard, cum laude, in 1938. He was a reporter, war correspondent, motion picture and television writer, and author of the best-selling Guadalcanal Diary and Vietnam Diary.
He was the winner of the George Polk Award in 1964 for reporting under hazardous conditions.
Readers of Seven Leagues to Paradise will enjoy his style of reporting under more leisurely conditions, as well.
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Read information about the authorRichard Tregaskis was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, on November 28, 1916, and educated at the Pingrie Day School for Boys, Elizabeth, New Jersey, at Peddie School, Hightstonsic, New Jersey, and at Harvard University. Prior to World War II he worked as a journalist for the Boston Herald newspaper.
Shortly after the U.S. entered World War II, Tregaskis volunteered as a combat correspondent representing the International News Service. (In fact, Tregaskis was one of only two journalists on location at Guadalcanal.)
Assigned to cover the war in the Pacific, Tregaskis spent part of August and most of September, 1942 reporting on Marines on Guadalcanal, a pivotal campaign in the war against Japan. He subsequently covered the European Theater of Operations against Nazi Germany and Italy.
Tregaskis' most renowned book, Guadalcanal Diary, recorded his experiences with the Marines on Guadalcanal. As the jacket of the book's first edition noted, "This is a new chapter in the story of the United States Marines. Because it was written by a crack newspaperman, who knew how to do his job. . . . Until the author's departure in a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber on September 26th, he ate, slept, and sweated with our front-line units. His story is the straight day-by-day account of what he himself saw or learned from eyewitnesses during those seven weeks."
As a testimony to the power of Tregaskis' writing, ''Guadalcanal Diary'' is still considered essential reading by present-day U.S. military personnel. (A modern edition is available with an introduction by [[Mark Bowden]], author of Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War.
Tregaskis later covered Cold War-era conflicts in China, Korea, and Vietnam.
Tregaskis died at age 56 near his home in Hawaii as a result of drowning.
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