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Leadership in the Crucible

The Korean War Battles of Twin Tunnels and Chipyong-ni
Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
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At the pivotal battles of Twin Tunnels and Chipyong-ni in February 1951, UN forces met and contained large-scale attacks by Chinese forces. Colonel Paul Freeman and the larger-than-life Colonel Ralph Monclar led the American 23rd Infantry Regiment and the French Bataillon de Corée, respectively, in the fierce and dangerous battles that followed the precipitous UN retreat down the Korean Peninsula.

In Leadership in the Crucible, Kenneth Hamburger details the actions of the units in the United Nations counteroffensive following the Chinese intervention, including routine patrols, the harrowing battle of Twin Tunnels, and the pivotal siege of Chipyong-ni. From extensive personal interviews and a careful reconstruction of the written record, Hamburger brilliantly analyzes the roles that training, cohesion, morale, logistics, and leadership play in success or failure on the front lines of limited war. He also addresses the vexing problem of when, and at what level, commanders have the right and even the responsibility to question lawful orders they believe are flawed.

In this careful consideration of combat leadership at all levels, Hamburger offers his listeners stories of men sustaining themselves and one another to the limits of human endurance.

©2003 Kenneth E. Hamburger (P)2017 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"His coverage of fighting in cold winter weather with all its problems is superb. I highly recommend this book." ( Journal of Military History)
"Masterful and thought-provoking...makes a significant contribution to the understanding of combat leadership and of the human element in warfare." ( The Journal of America's Military Past)

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Excellent Korean War History Story

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is for the audio copy of Leadership in the Crucible The Korean War Battles of Twin Tunnels and Chipyong-ni by Kenneth E. Hamburger and narrated by Bill Nevitt. I’ve listened to quite a few war history books. Some of them are long and grueling and filled to the brim with details that don’t need to be told. Well, this book is not one of those. This is an excellent story about specific battle conducted by some specific units. It is a story of leadership and what worked and what didn’t work. I highly recommend it. And, of course, it was read by one of my favorite narrators. He made the story and characters come alive in my mind. Bill has the ability to make droll novels palatable and interesting novels come to life.

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EXCELLENT HISTORICAL ACCOUNT, GREAT STORY

I admit, I don't have a vast knowledge of historical wars, so this really was a great read for me. I enjoyed the writing and the narration, and it really was amazing story. I was impressed with the detail, background and research, it was educational and entertaining. I now want to know more about history, and will definitely listen to more from both the author and narrator. Very well done.
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  • Gillian
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The Korean War Finally Gets A Bit More Air Time

This is a scholarly work that somehow manages to capture the humanity of men at war. Kenneth E. Hamburger obviously did a tremendous amount of research, gathered information and anecdotes from veterans, stayed away from interjecting opinions even when certain engagements were controversial. I appreciated the balanced view.
I've come to be quite fond of Nevitt as a narrator. He seems to have a very good voice for the more scholarly works of military history, one of my favorite subjects. I must admit, however, that I don't know that much about the Korean War (It's a tragedy, but they didn't even touch upon it in high school!), so I don't know whether the pronunciations of battles and words for Korean geography are correct. Nevitt blows right through them with nary a stumble.
I'm very glad to have listened to this, and it's rather made me want to listen to the more comprehensive works of the Korean War as a whole.
I was given this audiobook free at my request for a fair and honest review.

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