I've read this book and I enjoyed it. But the important thing to remember when reading it is that Manchester states in the Introduction that he took license with the material.
Some of 'his' stories were actually the experiences of others that he changed to suit his story line.
As such, not everything in the book is true.
For the first time in trade paperback, the book in which one of the most celebrated biographer/historians of our time looks back at his own early life and gives us a remarkable account of World War II in the Pacific, of what it looked like, sounded like, smelled like, and, most of all, what it felt like to one who underwent all but the ultimate of its experiences. Back Bay takes pride in making William Manchesters intense, stirring, and impassioned memoir available to a new generation of readers. A book that will enthrall readers interested in the experiences and exploits of Americas greatest generation. As noted in a recent front-page New York Times article, William Manchester is today widely regarded as Americas preeminent biographer/historian. In the two decades since its initial publication, Goodbye, Darkness has achieved the status of a modern classic.
AMAZON.COM BOOK DESCRIPTION