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On Desperate Ground
On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle | Hampton Sides
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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 the 13,000 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 at the Chosin Reservoir. What followed was one of the most heroic--and harrowing--operations in American military history. 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. Hampton Sides' superb account of this classic battle relies on years of archival research and interviews with scores of Marines and Koreans who survived the siege. While expertly chronicling the follies of the American leaders, this 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."
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damselsgotballs Thanks for the tag!♥️💚 11mo
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DarkMina @damselsgotballs You‘re welcome! 11mo
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Crazeedi I think Miles would definitely like to read this one! I'm going to look for it, thanks for sharing 11mo
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DarkMina @Crazeedi I really liked it. His book Ghost soldiers is one of my favorite books. 11mo
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I really liked this; it was really interesting. I know very little about the Korean War, and not only did this tell the stories of these Marines and how they (most? some? of them) got out of a bad situation, but I got a bit of insight into how the war started

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5 of 2021. This is my third book from this author. Love his books! It is an excellent account of the events of The Battle of Chosin Reservoir during The Korean War. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes military history. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#hamptonsides #militaryhistory #LitsyAtoZ
#AbecedarianTBR #LetterO

Crazeedi I know my husband would totally enjoy 2y
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Day 4: Fascinating

History was my major in college. My favorite topic in history is war. I find it fascinating. I like to know why countries or groups get involved. So much detail and strategy. One little change could affect a battle and possibly a whole war outcome.

TheKidUpstairs I took a lot of history classes in university (I was a drama major, but most of my electives were history/ classics), I always love learning more about interesting times in history. 2y
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First book of 2019 is to finish this one...highly recommend for anyone interested in military or political history or leadership books.

Hoopiefoot Glad to hear it! My husband just won this in a FB contest. 4y
LauraBrook Oooh, didn‘t know he had a new book out! #stacked 4y
My_novel_obsession @LauraBrook This one is so so good. I‘ve read two of his other books - Hellhound on his Trail and In the Kingdom of Ice. Both were great - this one is phenomenal 4y
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Made a quick trip to DC for work this week. I started this book the day before I got there and then got the chance to visit the National Marine Corps Museum in Quantico and was able to see the exhibit based on the main battle in this book. I highly highly recommend the book (one of the best I‘ve read this year) and the museum (absolutely amazing and breathtaking)