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  • On Desperate Ground

  • The Marines at the Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle
  • De : Hampton Sides
  • Lu par : David Pittu
  • Durée : 12 h et 7 min

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On Desperate Ground

De : Hampton Sides
Lu par : David Pittu
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    "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 best-selling 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 Oct. 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    Hampton Sides' superb account of this epic clash relies on years of archival research, unpublished letters, declassified documents, and interviews with scores of marines and Koreans who survived the siege.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."

    ©2018 Hampton Sides (P)2018 Random House Audio
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    Commentaires

    "Superb...a masterpiece of thorough research, deft pacing and arresting detail...Sides shows how brave Marines - officers and grunts - innovated, organized, and blasted their way out of the trap their fabulously famous boss had helped set. 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)

    “To this pantheon [of the best books on the Korean War] we can now add Hampton Sides’ On Desperate Ground, which hits all the right notes.... It’s a story Marines are rightly proud of and one that should be of interest to anyone who wants to know more about the remains that just returned home from Korea, and why those men deserve to be remembered.” (Wall St. Journal)

    "No one writes war and extreme life-and-death tales as vividly and authentically as Hampton Sides. As a veteran of the 1st Marine Division, I found his new book about one of the most desperate battles in American history to be riveting and beautifully told. Sides gets it all right, from the heroism of the Marines trapped in the frozen mountains to the chess moves of the generals and politicians who put them there. An incredible page-turner of a book, a must-read." (William Broyles Jr., acclaimed screenwriter of Jarhead, Apollo 13, Flags of Our Fathers, and Cast Away)

    “What a book! Through moment-by-moment, intensely-researched details, On Desperate Ground utterly immerses the reader in this harrowing battle. Hampton Sides gives us a better understanding of the history behind current US relations with Korea and China while offering a series of captivating profiles in human courage - an absolutely riveting read.” (Anthony Doerr, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All the Light We Cannot See)

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    • Brent
    • 03/10/2018

    typical armchair critic armed with hign site

    This is typical revisionalist work of fiction. The author makes war crimes accusations, but unlike any other author of the Korean war, Sides actually accuses American Generals, especially McArthur. Sides believes American troops raised Seoul to the ground and killed thousands of Korean civilians. I honestly couldn't believe it, he makes the Chinese look noble and it was America's threatening posture by approaching the Yalu River. Mao is smart and a good general while the American forces are portrayed as agressors. Mao liked the USA and hated the Soviet Union. Mao's version of communism was different and much better than other forms comunism. Mao clearly warned the US not to cross the Yalu or China would attack.
    Side doesn't call out China's illegal aggression against UN forces. Sides doesn't mention the North Korea's war crimes, unprovoked attack on the South, torture and mass executions of civilains. ok he mentions mass executions of civilians but only in the context of McAuthur pushing the US troops to take Seoul by a certain date. (deadline). Implied was the US used artillery on Seoul in order to take the city. Implied was we were to late to prevent the North Koreans soliders from committing war crimes and that was somehow our fault. it's authors like these that make money selling revisionalist history books that always seems to blame the USA for everything. I tried listening to the. book but the anti American prooganda got to distracting. History books should just give readers the facts, we can make up our own opinions. Sides suffers from "presentism". That's where you judge historical figures and their decisions based on current cultural values and norms.
    I don't write many comments (my 2nd or 3rd) but this author's distain for our troops while praising our enemy was just to much.

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    • William R. Todd-Mancillas (Name includes hyphen and camptalized M)
    • 05/10/2018

    The Chosen Battle: Its Heroes and Dastards

    Narration: Clear and interesting.

    Content: Informative, poignant, deservedly storied account of the First Marine Division's "Attack in a Different" direction. General Smith comes across as an especially gifted, courageous general, MacArthur a pompous, insensitive ass.

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    • Kirk Green
    • 11/10/2018

    Excellent page turning account

    I have read Hampton Sides before and his account of this pivotal Korean War battle is well researched and writted. Great reading by David Pittu as well

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    • J in SA
    • 17/02/2019

    Good book but should be call history, march & attack in the other direction

    Author does a great job of giving history leading up to the battle, the three main US generals, along with President Truman and Mao Tse Tung and all of their points of view. He also tells the heroic and sometimes tragic participants leading up to and during the battle

    But the battle seems to take place in two days, while it was really many more. And leaves out a lot of the details of the battles and fighting withdrawal.

    First 3rd of the book gets 7 stars, middle 3rd 4 stars and last 3rd 2 stars. It starts out great but falters during the middle and end.

    Chesty: the story of Lieutenant General Lewis B Puller, USMC does a much better job covering the battle and fighting withdrawal of this battle.

    I was disappointed overall even though the book starts out very well!

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    • Laura Blackledge-Cohen
    • 16/12/2019

    Excellent for beginners

    This book is very well written and put together, as is always the case with Mr. Sides. However, there is nothing new here if you have done any other readiing about the battle or about the Korean War. In fact, as noted by another reviewer, a lot is left out. I have read (or listened to) most of Mr. Sides published work and hold him in high regard. I was surprised to find this effort disappointing.

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    • Midnightsailor
    • 19/02/2019

    my father's war

    this is an exceptional account of the Chosin Reservoir campaign that made me so proud to not only be an American but to see my father's war, a Marine pilot, as close as I think I ever can. if you are interested in our military history and on particular the Korean War you must include this in your resources. I thought the narration was excellent. I learned a lot of small details I never knew. oorah and Semper Fi to these gallant Leathernecks!

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    • Preston
    • 26/03/2019

    An unbelievable story of war

    I've known about the Marines at the Chosin Reservoir, but not everything that was discussed in this book. I really doubt Americans understand much about the Korean War. I didn't realize how many Chinese were killed during this war. This book goes into great detail during the Marines battle at the reservoir. This battle is legendary, but I didn't realize what really went on in northern Korea and why we were there.

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    • Art Guzman
    • 04/01/2019

    Very enlightening

    I did not know much about the Korean War and the sacrifices made by many. The book basically tells the stories of various participants at the Reservoir, so you get different perspectives. Recommend highly if you wish to learn something about the Korean conflict.

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    • Cindy Cooke
    • 23/12/2018

    Read this to your children

    If your children know the names of all the Avengers, read this book to them so they will know the heroism and courage of their fellow Americans and our allies. We have been blessed as a nation to produce such men as this book d

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    • Joseph Hoerz
    • 14/09/2022

    Terrible Writer

    The reader did a good job. The writer did a terrible job. The writer was too busy trying to impress everyone with his vocabulary. The writer used every 10 to 20 letter adjective he could find in the dictionary. The writer destroyed what should have been a great book. I was very disappointed. I will never read any of his books in the future.

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