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Last Stand at Khe Sanh: The US Marines’ Finest Hour in Vietnam | [Gregg Jones]

Last Stand at Khe Sanh: The US Marines’ Finest Hour in Vietnam

The vivid, fast-paced account of the siege of Khe Sanh told through the eyes of the men who lived it. For seventy-seven days in 1968, amid fears that America faced its own disastrous Dien Bien Phu, six thousand US Marines held off thirty thousand North Vietnamese Army regulars at the remote mountain stronghold called Khe Sanh. It was the biggest battle of the Vietnam War, with sharp ground engagements, devastating artillery duels, and massive US air strikes.
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The vivid, fast-paced account of the siege of Khe Sanh told through the eyes of the men who lived it.

For seventy-seven days in 1968, amid fears that America faced its own disastrous Dien Bien Phu, six thousand US Marines held off thirty thousand North Vietnamese Army regulars at the remote mountain stronghold called Khe Sanh. It was the biggest battle of the Vietnam War, with sharp ground engagements, devastating artillery duels, and massive US air strikes. After several weeks of heroic defense, the besieged Americans struck back in a series of bold assaults, and the North Vietnamese withdrew with heavy losses.

Last Stand at Khe Sanh is the vivid, fast-paced account of the dramatic confrontation as experienced by the men who were there: Marine riflemen and grenadiers, artillery and air observers, platoon leaders and company commanders, Navy corpsmen and helicopter pilots, and a plucky band of US Army Special Forces. Based on extensive archival research and more than one hundred interviews with participants, Last Stand at Khe Sanh captures the courage and camaraderie of the defenders and delivers the fullest account yet of this epic battle.

©2014 Gregg Jones (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    ioane_77 Reno, NV, United States 08-02-14
    ioane_77 Reno, NV, United States 08-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up Last Stand at Khe Sanh in three words, what would they be?

    Sobering, awe-inspiring, and humbling...


    What did you like best about this story?

    The truth. It's refreshing to read accounts that are largely straightforward accounts of the situations and the people who experienced them.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The topic is too much to sit and listen to in one sitting. It's obviously not a novel... One can take only so much heart-wrenching details and accounts in "one sitting".


    Any additional comments?

    The topic and reality of what this book covers is sobering. My respect for both our country and her military defenders increased substantially, thanks to this superb and honest book. It shows our country's imperfections (especially those of her leaders), yet clearly shows as well the deep, abiding foundation of patriotism and service in a great many of her citizens.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald F. Romancik 04-26-14

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    "Great Book"
    Where does Last Stand at Khe Sanh rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank this book among the best Vietnam stories I have read


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of them


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Khe Sanh a living hell


    Any additional comments?

    I was a Special Forces Medic and was at Khe Sanh when the siege begain on 1/21/68. I was only there for two weeks before going back to Phu Bi. It was living hell for the two weeks I was there . This book filled in all the rest of the story that I was ,for a short time part of . I new some of the people mentioned in the book. It was well written and was hard to stop listing too. The narrator was excellent. God bless all the Marines who fought of so hard at Khe Sanh for there buddies and for freedom. WHO RAHHH!

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    Craig D. Arnold, Sr. 04-06-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Outstanding review of the facts and the stories..."

    Excellence review of the action of those who lived, fought and died in that hell. Make one think about the wisdom of war, let alone the battles. This shows the marked difference between stating facts and what Washington was putting out at the time. Very good listening.

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    Amazon Customer Nevada 03-23-15
    Amazon Customer Nevada 03-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good point of view"

    A glimpse into a insightful story. The political and military aspects are right on with the attitudes pre full U.S. intervention .

    Should be listened to by anyone interested in the foundational CIA & pentagon Vietnam history.

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    Doc Holliday 03-21-15
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    What did you like best about Last Stand at Khe Sanh? What did you like least?

    Very little The story of Khe Sanh has been told many times. This tome is not one of the best, but it does an almost adequate job of telling the story. It was mildly interesting. If you didn't already know about the siege and the Hill Wars that preceded it, most of the book will be meaningless to you. The author seems to be completely unaware of why were even in Vietnam in the first place.


    What was most disappointing about Gregg Jones’s story?

    The narrative was very choppy. It was like he was reading short bits of after-action reports. He knew very little about a lot of people and he followed no one person for very long. Not even the people who are well known, like the Commander of Khe Sanh Col. D. Lowndes. His jumping from person to person led him to jump from event to event, which he didn't even try to connect. It's like, all of the sudden, the siege is over and you're not exactly sure why. He details the experiences of a few people who held the hills around Khe Sanh, but never explains why that was important or anything about the Hill Wars. He spends a great deal of time on Pres. insistence that Khe Sanh not be another Dein Bein Phu–the two incidents were nothing alike and had nothing in common, which he fails to comprehend because he seems to know little of what happened at Dein Bein Phu. At the end, he tries to collect all the fragments of stories he's told to explain what happened to these men after the war and fails miserably. Particularly annoying is his claim one returning Marine was spit upon–there is no documented evidence of any soldier/marine returning from Vietnam being spit upon. The 'spitting on the soldier/marine ' story is a complete myth. His failure to realize this is indicative of the sloppy research and writing in this book. This book was a waste of time and money. If you want a good, historically accurate account of Khe Sanh go with "The End of the Line: The Siege of Khe Sanh" by Robert Pisor. It's available through Amazon, but not in audiobook form.


    What about William Hughes’s performance did you like?

    Very good. If it hadn't been for his performance, I probably wouldn't have finished the book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. It would be impossible to make a movie about the Siege of Khe Sanh, it's just too complicated. It's goals too indistinct. The lack of understanding, even today, whether the N. Vietnamese really intended to take Khe Sanh or if it was just a sideshow to Tet '68 makes it a not very good story. If someone made an accurate movie out of the story, it would be Vietnam's version of 'A Bridge Too Far'–too boring to endure. The best source material for a movie, if ever one was made, would not be this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money.

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    Arius Annandale, VA United States 11-07-14
    Arius Annandale, VA United States 11-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    Would you listen to Last Stand at Khe Sanh again? Why?

    I may listen to it again simply because it's easy to miss things when listening to a book. But it's not an easy book to listen to because so many people die. And not well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Last Stand at Khe Sanh?

    The ambush


    Which character – as performed by William Hughes – was your favorite?

    I don't think there were characters he really had to play. The few quotes were pretty much all the same.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Dien Bien 2"


    Any additional comments?

    It's a pretty accessible history until the end, where it kind of bogs down and meanders a bit after it feels like it should have ended. But otherwise, interesting and well-researched.

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    christoper 01-02-15
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    "Happier times in the Marine Corps"

    xxln decent rider held my attention was looking for a hero but they were all heroes God loves the Marine Corps

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