On Desperate Ground

The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle
CD - unabridged
Audio (10 discs)
Product Number: DD40626
Released: Oct 02, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780735208544
Please log in to view pricing

Description

"Superb...A masterpiece of thorough research, deft pacing and arresting detail...This war story - the fight to break out of a frozen hell near the Chosin Reservoir - has been told many times before. But Sides tells it exceedingly well, with fresh research, gritty scenes and cinematic sweep."-Washington Post From the New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers and In the Kingdom of Ice, a chronicle of the extraordinary feats of heroism by Marines called on to do the impossible during the greatest battle of the Korean War On October 15, 1950, General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander of UN troops in Korea, convinced President Harry Truman that the Communist forces of Kim Il-sung would be utterly defeated by Thanksgiving. The Chinese, he said with near certainty, would not intervene in the war. As he was speaking, 300,000 Red Chinese soldiers began secretly crossing the Manchurian border. Led by some 20,000 men of the First Marine Division, the Americans moved deep into the snowy mountains of North Korea, toward the trap Mao had set for the vainglorious MacArthur along the frozen shores of the Chosin Reservoir. What followed was one of the most heroic-and harrowing-operations in American military history, and one of the classic battles of all time. Faced with probable annihilation, and temperatures plunging to 20 degrees below zero, the surrounded, and hugely outnumbered, Marines fought through the enemy forces with ferocity, ingenuity, and nearly unimaginable courage as they marched their way to the sea. Hampton Sides' superb account of this epic clash relies on years of archival research, unpublished letters, declassified documents, and interviews with scores of Marines and Koreans who survived the siege. While expertly detailing the follies of the American leaders, On Desperate Ground is an immediate, grunt's-eye view of history, enthralling in its narrative pace and powerful in its portrayal of what ordinary men are capable of in the most extreme circumstances. Hampton Sides has been hailed by critics as one of the best nonfiction writers of his generation. As the Miami Herald wrote, "Sides has a novelist's eye for the propulsive elements that lend momentum and dramatic pace to the best nonfiction narratives."

x-large
Author(s): Hampton Sides
Genre: History, Science

Bundle:

Please login to view pricing, or register now
On Desperate Ground
Product Number: BX00076656
Product Number:Z100133005
Product Number:DD40626

All formats/editions

eAudio
x-large
Author(s): Hampton Sides
Narrator(s): David Pittu
Genre: History, Science
Product Number Z100133005
Released: Oct 02, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Books on Tape
ISBN: #9780735208575
eBook
x-large
Author(s): Hampton Sides
Genre: History, Science
Product Number EB00718278
Released: Oct 02, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: #9780385541169

Professional reviews

"This superb account of the desperate battle of the U.S. Marines at the Chosin reservoir in Korea in December 1950 is given an excellent narration by David Pittu. The audiobook's title comes from Sun-Tzu's name for the type of battle in which an army facing annihilation must engage. The story of how the Marines of the 1st Marine Division and soldiers of the U.S. Army's 3rd and 7th Infantry Divisions were able to fight their way out of encirclement by more numerous Chinese soldiers shows how accurate Sun-Tzu's description is. Pittu's baritone is deliberate in pacing and somewhat soft in delivery yet still keeps the listener's attention. He does not affect accents or voices for quotes. M.T.F. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

Sign up for our email newsletter