Shore Leave Author:Frederic Wakeman Here is the wild story of a fabulous San Francisco shore leave - of four Navy flyers out to get their kicks after long months of combat in the Pacific - of their two weeks of non-stop partying complete with all they could drink and all the women they could handle. — Shore Leave is a flyer's dream of a perfect leave come true. Especially, it is th... more »e story of Andy Crewson - the all-American boy whose skill at dropping bombs on battleships was excelled only by is fantastic talent for messing up the life of any woman foolhardy enough to cruise within his range - and there were many who were so foolhardy. Andy's capers landed him in the newspapers, and his acts of heroism won him medals, but Andy was a victim of war because its excitement meant more to him than peace or the love of any one woman.
Shore Leave is one of the best novels about World War II - compassionate, clever, funny, containing the real low-down on the attitudes of war-weary South Pacific veterans - on women, alcohol, the home front and the press, brass hats and medals. Entertaining and warm, it presents a penetrating picture of what happens in the hearts of young Americans at war.« less