1945 1st year edition; Random House publishers, New York; smaller hardbound in tan boards with red decor on cover and spine; quite good condition with unmarked pages; no dust jacket.
"Mr. Bowman, out of his own experience [as a military engineer in the southwest Pacific theater], has written a different and unusual book that can stand on its own merits. It is a book with a very broad appeal, for its pages give a picture of the thoughts and fears common to everyone who has ever worn a uniform, no matter what role, heroic or otherwise, he may have played in war.
Beach Red may be called a pre-view to action rather than a realistic record. It can best be interpreted as a study of all the things that run through a soldier's mind during days of training or on lonely nights in barracks or aboard a transport going East or West. And it reveals the seldom confessed truth--that everyone who goes to war lives through a thousand battles and dies a thousand deaths.Its style, which is split prose rather than verse, has the staccato flow of introspective thought."