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The Last Stand of Fox Company Audiobook

The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat

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Publisher's Summary

November 1950, the Korean Peninsula. After General MacArthur ignores Mao's warnings and pushes his UN forces deep into North Korea, his 10,000 First Division Marines find themselves surrounded and hopelessly outnumbered by 100,000 Chinese soldiers near the Chosin Reservoir. Their only chance for survival is to fight their way south through the Toktong Pass, a narrow gorge in the Nangnim Mountains. It will need to be held open at all costs. The mission is handed to Captain William Barber and the 246 Marines of Fox Company, a courageous but undermanned unit of the First Marines. Barber and his men are ordered to climb seven miles of frozen terrain to a rocky promontory overlooking the pass. The Marines have no way of knowing that the ground they occupy - it is soon dubbed "Fox Hill" - is surrounded by 10,000 Chinese soldiers.

As the sun sets on the hill, and the temperature plunges to 30 degrees below zero, Barber's men dig in for the night. At two in the morning they are awakened by the sound - bugles, whistles, cymbals, and drumbeats - of a massive assault by thousands of enemy infantry. The attack is just the first wave of four days and five nights of nearly continuous Chinese attempts to take Fox Hill, during which Barber's beleaguered company clings to the high ground and allows the First Marine Division to battle south. Amid the relentless violence, three-quarters of Fox Company's Marines are killed, wounded, or captured. Just when it looks like the outfit will be overrun, Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Davis, a fearless Marine officer who is fighting south from Chosin, volunteers to lead a force of 500 men on a daring mission that cuts a hole in the Chinese lines and relieves the men of Fox Company.

The Last Stand of Fox Company is a fast-paced and gripping account of heroism and self-sacrifice in the face of impossible odds. The authors have conducted dozens of firsthand interviews with the battle's survivors, and they narrate the story with the imm...

©2008 Bob Drury and TO, Clavin; (P)2009 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Bob Drury and Tom Clavin have set the standard for wartime accounts on the Korean conflict.... This is a story that is almost too incredible to be true." (Dr. Charles P. Neimeyer, director of the U.S. Marine Corps History Division)
"A paean worthy of one of the most extraordinary battles in Marine Corps history.... A magnificent book." (Nathaniel Fick, New York Times bestselling author of One Bullet Away)

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    Stephen charlotte, NC, United States 03-05-09
    Stephen charlotte, NC, United States 03-05-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding story, poor narration"

    The number of mispronunciations was disappointing. I'm not talking about Korean names. I'm talking about the English language.
    Someone should have told the narrator that "X Corps" is "Tenth Corps", not "x corps".
    The story is still well worth listening to...

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    "Good Story - Confusing Logistics"

    The story is good (4), but it gets confusing trying to remember all the different people and you really need a map to be able to orient yourself to the landscape.

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    Graeme Whitecourt, Alberta, Canada 03-22-09
    Graeme Whitecourt, Alberta, Canada 03-22-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Reference maps a must have."

    I agree the book was excellent (besides the narration errors mentioned in previous reviews). However without maps the progression of the battle and events within it are difficult to follow. I have contacted Audible.com and asked the maps that are in the book be included in the download.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Becky 02-24-16
    Becky 02-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredible Story, Hard to Follow"

    It tells the incredible story of the Marines and Sailors of Fox Company, but very difficult to follow.

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    Great deal guy 12-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Intense dark war story"

    I understand it is war and things get beyond intense. However, the way the narrator casually describes horribly gruesome and vivid imagery led me to hang this one up before finishing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Prairie Village, KS USA 06-09-09
    Amazon Customer Prairie Village, KS USA 06-09-09 Member Since 2005

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    "Uncommon valor became a common trait."

    A minute by riveting minute account of a gallant stand by an understrength marine company fighting under horrific conditions against overwhelming odds in an almost forgotten chapter in the history of modern war. Drury and Clavin have brought the men of Fox Company to life, and in the matter of fact way that extrordinary deeds are chronicalled, have made their sacrifices meaningful to those of us who could not have imagined that men could endure, let alone prevail, under those circumstances.

    Michael Prichard's narration was spot on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    william 06-06-16
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    I have listened to this book over 5 times. Good stuff. I highly recommend it.

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    Awesome account of a battle during the Korean police action that the USA took part in.

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    All-access Customer 10-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story...even more powerful because its true!"

    loved it very easy listen. the narrator did a great job of distinguishing the characters throughout the entire book.

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    Gregory Bochicchio 05-27-15

    Love Audbile, Love Reading. Addicted to historical non-fiction books. Most era's. The more I read, the more I want to read.

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    Must read book. I read as part of my Memorial day tip of the cap to our troops

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