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.
Sobering, awe-inspiring, and humbling...
The truth. It's refreshing to read accounts that are largely straightforward accounts of the situations and the people who experienced them.
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".
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.
I would rank this book among the best Vietnam stories I have read
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Khe Sanh a living hell
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!
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.
I don't think there were characters he really had to play. The few quotes were pretty much all the same.
"Dien Bien 2"
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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