Drury and Clavin (coauthors, Halsey's Typhoon) provide a gripping, firsthand account of one U.S. Marine company's dramatic, bloody combat during the Korean War, taking listeners on a journey through the harrowing, life-and-death struggle that defined the battle. Michael Prichard's (How Doctors Think) solid narration respectfully conveys these soldiers' heroism in the face of impossible odds and heightens listener interest throughout this impressive work, which successfully communicates the -realities of war. Similar in approach to Linda Granfield and Russell Freedman's I Remember Korea and sure to appeal to students of history, specifically those interested in the Korean War. [Audio clip available through www.tantor.com; the Atlantic Monthly hc was described as "a strong narrative of military valor against overwhelming odds," LJ 10/15/08.-Ed.]-Dale Farris, Groves, TX Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
"Bob Drury and Tom Clavin have set the standard for wartime accounts on the Korean conflict. Packed with fascinating personal accounts of courage and sacrifice on the part of a handful of marines assigned to keep thousands of Communist Chinese soldiers from breaking through the strategic Toktong Pass in 1950, this is a story that is almost too incredible to be true. Told largely in the words of the participants, The Last Stand of Fox Company deftly captures the spirit of the marine corps and its legendary tenacity on the battlefield." -- Dr. Charles P. Neimeyer "Bob Drury and Tom Clavin have written a paean worthy of one of the most extraordinary battles in marine corps history. You can almost feel Korea's biting cold, and hear the terrifying bugles in the dark. Most of all, they remind us that although the places and dates change, the valor of America's fighting forces remains the same. A magnificent book." -- Nathaniel Fick
The authors of the bestselling Halsey's Typhoon do a fine job recounting one brutal, small-unit action during the Korean War's darkest moment. In November 1950, as General MacArthur's troops were advancing deep into North Korea, China warned that it would intervene if armies approached its border. U.S. troops were scattered through mountainous terrain at the onset of a freezing winter. Using extensive interviews with survivors, the authors tell the story of one 234-man company ordered to secure a rocky promontory overlooking the legendary Chosin Reservoir. Abundant and detailed maps enable readers to track the vicious week-long battle almost minute by minute as the men fought off repeated assaults by overwhelming Chinese forces until another marine unit arrived to rescue the few survivors. The authors draw no great lessons from Fox Company's ordeal, but deliver a precise, technically accurate account of the fighting. Although aimed at military buffs, the closeup views of individual marines tested to their limits will engage any reader curious to learn how brave men fought a conventional 20th-century war. 100,000 announced first printing; 12-city author tour. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.