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The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat | [Bob Drury, Tom Clavin]

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

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 immediacy of such classic accounts of single battles as Guadalcanal Diary, Pork Chop Hill, and Black Hawk Down.
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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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    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 06-02-09
    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 06-02-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Good Historical Account"

    I like the remembered war told by the solders that were there.

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    Frank Gallinaro Auburn, NH United States 03-26-09
    Frank Gallinaro Auburn, NH United States 03-26-09 Member Since 2007

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    "Real heros: Bravey in the face of death"

    The Last Stand of Fox Company tells the true story of a Marine Brigade that was sent deep into North Korea to fight overwhelming odds against the North Koreans and Chinese. The story is a nonstop, gut renching, realistic look at the brutality of war, the relentless, senseless killing on both sides of the conflict. It also tells the story of what today, many would call a fools errand, but one that reveals the spirit and brotherhood of men from every part of our society who were united by one thing, the Marine motto "Semper Fi", always faithful. You followed the lives of these men, over the span of only a few weeks, as they fought in an incredibly harsh environment, often with barely enough ammunition and wounds that would stop most people dead in their tracks.

    War is far from glorified in this story, but the men who lived it deserve our deepest respect, honor and love. Regardless of what position you take on war in general or this war in particular, the story of these brave men is a compelling one that all thoughfully people should be familiar with.

    A thoughful book, that tells their story without preaching a political position on either side of the war argument.

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    James F. Geary 03-24-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Magnificant"

    A story of almost too much intensity. The brutality of both the cold and the combat is breathtaking in its realism. Not for the fainthearted but surely the battle for Fox Hill is one of the classic war stories of all time.

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    Joe Kasper Saddle River, NJ, US 03-22-09
    Joe Kasper Saddle River, NJ, US 03-22-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Very Good/Exciting: Better if you have the maps."

    Very good read. This was my first book about the Korean War. It was confusing at first with all the different characters and geography. I purchased the hard cover for my son to read, which had maps of Asia, Korea, Fox Hill and pictures of the main characters, This helped tremendously. If you buy it dont get frustrated I found by the third chapter the names and places became familiar and then I couldn't put it down.

    Suggestions: Familiarize yourself with the geography of Korea and Google FOX HILL for maps and pictures before you start and you will enjoy this book even more.

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    Amazon Customer Otsego, MN USA 03-13-09
    Amazon Customer Otsego, MN USA 03-13-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Compelling Read"

    The book was very compelling and action packed. Though, I frequently felt lost because I had no reference points or idea who was where. I would have liked to have seen the maps that accompanied the book.

    I am sure I will get other books such as "The Coldest Winter" to help further explore the Korean war. Overall it was very inspiring to see what sacrifices our military men make that generally go unnoticed.

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    Fran B Nashville, TN 03-11-09
    Fran B Nashville, TN 03-11-09
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    "BEST WAR READ"

    WHEN YOU READ OR LISTEN YOU WILL FIND EXCEPTIONAL,OUR WW2 VETS LIKE ALL VETS NEED MORE PEOPLE TO READ THIS SO WE CAN APPRECIATE THEM MORE. I THINK THIS SHOULD BE A MUST READ. THIS IS NO RAMBO CHEESE,THESE GUYS ARE THE REAL THING. BEST WAR BOOK I HAVE EVER READ, EVEN THE STRATAGY IS FASINATING.

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