On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle

On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle

12 hrs 8 mins From the New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers and In the Kingdom of Ice, a chronicle of the extraordinary feats of heroism by Marines called on to do the impossible during the greatest battle of the Korean War On October 15, 1950, the vainglorious General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander of U.N. troops in Korea, convinced President Harry Trum 12 hrs 8 mins From the New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers and In the Kingdom of Ice, a chronicle ...

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Title:On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle
Author:Hampton Sides
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Genres:History
ISBN:On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle
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Number of Pages:368 pages pages

On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle Reviews

  • Steph
    Oct 17, 2018
    Fantastic! I knew very little about the Korean War and picked it up as I am a fan of Hampton. Interesting part of history made all the more compelling by his outstanding writing. ...
  • Kay
    Nov 06, 2018
    The Chosin Few ?So the Chinese are to our east. They?re to our west. They?re to our north. And to our south. Well, that simplifies things. They can?t get away from us now!? ? Colonel ?Chesty? Puller, on learning his regiment was surrounded at Koto-ri in North Korea...
  • Jon
    Nov 05, 2018
    This book brings to life the details of an amazing part of world history. The United Nations came to the aid of the Korean people right after the North Koreans launched an attack. The authors does a good job of setting the stage at the beginning by explaining the nations and the genera...
  • Bryan Summers
    Jun 15, 2018
    Hampton Sides specializes in nonfiction that reads like the best fiction. It is about the battle of the Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War. And I had no idea how tough that battle was. No idea. My favorite quote from a war is Lieutenant Chesty Puller who said, " The enemy's are on o...
  • Joseph
    Jul 04, 2018
    On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War?s Greatest Battle by Hampton Sides is the history of one of the greatest stories to come out of the Korean War. Sides is an American historian, author, and journalist. He is the author of Americana, Hellhound on His Tr...
  • Cindy
    Nov 10, 2018
    Won this in a goodreads giveaway! Hampton Sides is one of my favorite NF writers. His writing is always clear and often inspiring. I knew almost nothing about the Korean War, but whether you do or don?t, I think you?ll find this story of the battles at the frozen Chosin Reservoir g...
  • Bill
    Oct 03, 2018
    Hampton Sides has a gift for historical narratives. More than simply informing you about the history, events and actions of the participants, he drops readers right into the story. The characters are alive. You are with them as the drama unfolds. You share their emotions, and you under...
  • Steve
    Dec 01, 2018
    Once again, Hampton Sides does not disappoint. This was a uniquely engaging - in parts, riveting - and easily accessible slice of military history, nicely placed in time and place and context, seasoned splendidly with just enough human interest to ramp up the empathy, but not distract,...
  • Karen
    Sep 24, 2018
    A magnificent story by the author of In the Kingdom of Ice about the key battle at the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. The details of the war?s greatest battle are stunningly written. I loved everything about this book which covered details of tactics, politics, heroism, majo...
  • Lisa  Carlson
    Oct 24, 2018
    Award winning editor at-large for Outside Magazine, 2015 Miller Distinguished Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute, Journalist in Residence at Colorado College and author Hampton Sides presents a must read for those who love history, may know little about the Marines and the Korean War in...
  • Michael
    Jul 26, 2018
    What a treat to have Sides create a narrative for us on a tough job our soldiers had in Korea and gather in some lessons relevant to our precarious position today in that part of the world. I?ve had nothing but 5-star reads with this talented storyteller and history sleuth, and this ...
  • Dennis Hogan
    Oct 23, 2018
    Just finished On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War?s Greatest Battle by Hampton Sides an account of the epic battle at the Chosin Reservior fought between The First US Marine Division and elements of British Marines, US Army and UN troops and nearly 300,0...
  • Peter Tillman
    Oct 22, 2018
    As this is a new book and will come due soon, I?m going to close it out as DNF, about halfway in. The writing is fully up to Sides? usual high standards, but I?m just not in the mood for it. I'll tell you why, below. As always, please read the publisher's intro (top of page) firs...
  • Casey Wheeler
    Sep 01, 2018
    I received a free Kindle copy of On Desperate Ground by Hampton Sides courtesy of Net Galley  and Doubleday, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it to...
  • Dick Reynolds
    Oct 15, 2018
    The author tells a true story that is exciting and tension-filled as any novel I?ve read in many years. He captures the courage and heroism of Marines who fought in this misbegotten war along with the arrogance and faulty strategy pursued by Generals Douglas MacArthur and Edward Almo...
  • Craig Fiebig
    Nov 01, 2018
    I remember my Dad relating part of his experience at the Chosin Reservoir, he received a latter from his mom expressing her relief that he was 'just' in a police action and not a war ... so that she didn't have to worry about his safety. This is excellent history that mines for the per...
  • Stephen
    Aug 05, 2018
    Quite simply one of the finest accounts of military history that I have ever read. Stirring and engrossing, it's non-fiction that reads like a compelling novel. The writing is exceptional. An exploration into the history, geo-political motivations and the recklessness and egos of ...
  • Chuck
    Nov 04, 2018
    An engaging account of the battle of the Chosin Reservoir, including the political and military mistakes, and nearly miraculous feats and accomplishments. I learned so much about the Korean War, and the brave men of the First Marine Division (and other military units) that fought the b...
  • Steven Z.
    Nov 13, 2018
    Hampton Sides latest book, ON DESPERATE GROUND: THE MARINES AT THE RESERVOIR, THE KOREAN WAR?S GREATEST BATTLE has met, or even surpassed the high standards for excellent narrative history that he has set in his previous works. The book is based on extensive interviews, memoirs, comm...
  • Perri
    Jul 17, 2018
    On Desperate Ground had me as riveted as though this decades old Korean war story was in real time and the outcome not yet decided. Huge admiration for the unsung heroes and the sheer mettle of marines and others in perilous conditions, along with loathing (cough* MacArthur*) for other...
  • William J.
    Oct 23, 2018
    I could not put this book down! It tells the story of the First Marine Division from landing at Inchon through withdrawal from Hungnam in Korea 1950. This is the story of the fight at the Chosen Reservior. Marine Major General Oliver P. Smith leads his Division soundly in spite of the ...
  • David Staples
    Nov 01, 2018
    I love reading. It has been a consistent hobby of mine since I was a wee lad. Books can be wildly entertaining, deeply convicting, and shockingly illuminating. I would not be the man I am today without books. Then there are times when they give you something priceless. My father fo...
  • Linda Klager
    Sep 30, 2018
    What a powerful book! I am very interested in learning about our nation's history, although it was very difficult to read about the atrocities of the Korean War. The author did a wonderful job in his research. I would read more books written by Hampton Sides. I very much admire and ...
  • David
    Oct 08, 2018
    I essentially read this book in 2 sittings - it was really tough to put down. I had previously read Mr. Sides' book about the U.S.S. Jeannette, which I found compelling despite covering (IMO) a less interesting topic, so my enjoyment wasn't terribly surprising. I know almost nothing ab...
  • Allieweiskopfgmail.com
    Oct 11, 2018
    One of the best books on the Korean War - while it focuses on the Chosin Battle, it touches on the larger strategy, political influence, and personal stories of the multiple Medal of Honor recipients it produced. Well written and incredibly poignant at times, it?s a must read. ...
  • Jim Jackson
    Nov 13, 2018
    Excellent historical novel! I knew next to nothing about the Korean war and this book filled me in on a lot of information. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in this era of our country's history. ...
  • Michelle Arredondo
    Aug 20, 2018
    An interesting read most especially if you are a fan of Military history. On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle is a well researched book full of riveting details, great writing, and a compelling true story. It's serious stuff chock full of...
  • ELIZABETH TIERNEY
    Oct 21, 2018
    Superb! Beautifully written and painful to experience. Not often I am moved to tears! ...
  • Kathleen
    Nov 11, 2018
    This is the best account of the Chosin Reservoir battle I have read. Sides is an excellent historian and his exhaustive research shows. But more than that, Sides knows how to weave individual stories into the broad overview and still keep the narrative pace moving smartly along. Cho...
  • Matt
    Oct 08, 2018
    Along with Candice Millard and Laura Hillenbrand, Hampton Sides is my favorite narrative-nonfiction author on the planet. (Erik Larson is a close fourth.) Sides's latest offering doesn't disappoint; ?On Desperate Ground? is a bracing story of courage and survival against impossible...