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5.0 out of 5 starsImpressive.
Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2014
I met Mr. Black once, and am looking forward to having him sign this book. I can smell the cordite, feel the chill, and feel the breath being taken away. Impressive.
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2012
This book gave me an understanding of how combat is for men involved in it. The author begins by developing the main characters well. The descriptions of battles, wounds, and deaths that follow are disturbingly realistic. After reading "Ice, Fire, and Blood", I understand why so many combat veterans, with no physical wounds, develop post traumatic stress disorder. It's a wonder men can live through the battles described and remain sane.
4.0 out of 5 starsA book about the Korean War not a Thesis
Reviewed in the United States on April 10, 2013
I enjoy this book I am still reading. It has humanity it is not a thesis or historical document that tries to discern the causes of the Korean war from the view of the common dogface and not the demigod like MacArthur.
Just finished reading this book, it was great. I have read a lot of books about WW2 and Korea and this book was as good as any I have read in the last 30 years. Look forward to more books from this author.
1.0 out of 5 starsGIs talking like hillbilly PhDs ???
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2019
I rarely leave a book unfinished, but just could not keep plowing through the apologist revisionist sentiments of the "ordinary soldiers." Other reviewers liked the battle action, only got to one which was okay, but then page after page of philosophy and inference.
I enjoyed this book a lot. I never knew much about the Korean War, and learned a lot from this book. I liked that the characters were all fairly intelligent, and that they had a lot of real emotions and intentions. I think the author portrayed the military in a balanced and fair way: the higher leadership was not great, until Gen. Ridgway took over, but the local leadership was very dedicated and earnest. Great job!