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, the vainglorious General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander of UN troops in Korea, convinced President Harry Truman that the Communist forces 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 Chinese soldiers began crossing the border. Led by the 13,000 men of the First Marine Division, the Americans moved far north into the trap Mao had set for the arrogant MacArthur at the Chosin Reservoir. What followed was one of the most heroicand harrowingoperations in American military history. Faced with annihilation, and temperatures plunging to 20 degrees below zero, the surrounded Marines fought through the enemy forces with ferocity, ingenuity, and nearly unimaginable courage.
Hampton Sides's superb account of the 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.
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About the Author
HAMPTON SIDES is an award-winning editor of Outside and the author of the bestselling histories In the Kingdom of Ice, Hellhound on His Trail, Blood and Thunder, and Ghost Soldiers.
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Table of Contents
Prologue: Morning Calm 3
Book 1 Seoul
Chapter 1 The Professor 9
Chapter 2 Traitor's House 21
Chapter 3 Across the Han 29
Chapter 4 Beneath the Lighthouse 36
Chapter 5 The Battle of the Barricades 39
Chapter 6 The Savior of Our Race 48
Chapter 7 God's Right-Hand Man 56
Chapter 8 The Tiger Wants Human Beings 62
Book 2 To The Mountains
Chapter 9 Many, Many 71
Chapter 10 King's Envoy to Hamhung 80
Chapter 11 Heroic Remedies 88
Chapter 12 Will o' the Wisp 95
Chapter 13 Broken Arrows 104
Chapter 14 A Powerful Instrument 109
Chapter 15 Fattened for the Kill 119
Chapter 16 Never Too Late to Talk 128
Chapter 17 Never a More Daring Flight 132
Book 3 The Reservoir
Chapter 18 Easy for Us, Tough for Others 141
Chapter 19 Boon Companions 150
Chapter 20 Easy Company Holds Here 157
Chapter 21 Where the Bullet Belongs 163
Chapter 22 Gung-ho, You Cowardly Bastards 168
Chapter 23 When the Lead Is Flying 172
Chapter 24 A Hot Reception 182
Chapter 25 The War Council 191
Chapter 26 An Entirely New War 195
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Chapter 27 You Will All Be Slaughtered 203
Chapter 28 Kissing a Buzz Saw 211
Chapter 29 Morphine Dreams 215
Chapter 30 No Soft Options 219
Chapter 31 One-Man Army 228
Chapter 32 Every Weapon That We Have 236
Chapter 33 The Ridgerunners 239
Chapter 34 This Place of Suffering 247
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Chapter 35 Attacking in a Different Direction 257
Chapter 36 In the Day of Trouble 266
Chapter 37 I'll Get You a Goddamn Bridge 275
Chapter 38 Blood on the Ice 281
Chapter 39 Taking Departure 289
Chapter 40 The Bridge of Long Life 297
Chapter 41 Down to Earth 300
Chapter 42 The Most Harrowing Hour 306
Chapter 43 The Crossing 310
Chapter 44 We Will See You Again in the South 316
Chapter 45 We Walk in the Hand of God 323
Epilogue: In the Pantheon 333
A Note on Sources 345
Selected Bibliography 369