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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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

  • 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...
  • Jim
    Mar 04, 2019
    Yeah, this is the book! There aren't many authors who can keep my bedside lamp burning until 0300 hrs on a workday, but that's what happened to this one. Any good war story has to have a mixture of brass (officers, strategy, planning) and balls (grunts, action, blood and guts, brotherh...
  • 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...
  • Matt
    Feb 18, 2019
    ?A [Chinese] soldier, armed with a rifle, climbed onto the bed of the truck. He came to the first man, leveled the barrel between his eyes, and fired. He moved on to the next. Then the next?[Ed] Reeves sat up, half out of his sleeping bag, and watched as though it were movie. He di...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Cheryl
    Feb 22, 2019
    After reading On Desperate Ground I was humbled by the unfathomable suffering that the Marines and soldiers endured in the Korean War battle at Chosin Reservoir. The Korean War is often referred to as America?s ?forgotten war?. Thanks to this outstanding account of what happened ...
  • Armand Rosamilia
    Apr 24, 2019
    The personal insight from so many soldiers and people involved in this bloody time made this such an enjoyable book. The heroics and backstories of the men who fought really brought this to life, and the tragedy and waste of life on both sides was sobering. A thoroughly researched and ...
  • thewanderingjew
    Jan 25, 2019
    On Desperate Ground: The Marines at the Reservoir, the Korean War?s Greatest Battle, Hampton Sides, author, David Pittu, narrator There are few books I would like to award more than 5 stars, but this is one of them. Not only is it researched thoroughly and written logically, with t...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Sweetwilliam
    Jan 11, 2019
    This book is a testament to why the United States Marine Corp is the greatest fighting force in the world. A group of Gung Ho Marines are often mistaken as arrogant. This is not arrogance you see. It is Esprit de Corp and pride. The source of this pride and Gung Ho spirit can be traced...
  • Jerome
    Jan 13, 2019
    A gripping, well-researched and readable history of the 1st Marine Division from Inchon to the Chosin Reservoir. The book doesn?t have much new material, but the narrative is interesting, compelling and informative, and moves along briskly. Sides ably covers the Marines? ordeal;...
  • 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...
  • happy
    Feb 13, 2019
    Hampton Sides in one of those authors whose books automatically goes to the top of my TBR list. His look at the first 6 months of the Korean War and the Marines escape from the Chosin Reservoir does not disappoint. This narrative really begins with MacArthur?s great gamble ? th...
  • 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...
  • Dan
    Feb 04, 2019
    I will need more time to write a worthy review about this truly remarkable book about the courageous Marines at Chosin. Hampton Sides? absolute mastery of narrative non-fiction is on full display here. ...
  • Donna
    Dec 27, 2018
    This is nonfiction/war/history. It covered the problems with China during the Korean War. This is a war I know little about. I found this informative and tragic. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator did a fabulous job. This one started off slow, but I quickly became riveted....
  • David Eppenstein
    Apr 16, 2019
    I am giving this book 5 stars. The 5 star rating for me means the book possesses a WOW! factor(s) and this book certainly had me expressing that sentiment on several occasions. To begin with I have to confess that 20th century wars generally do not have a great deal of appeal for me as...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...