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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (55 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill Sloan Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Writing in a Band of Brothers style, award-winning journalist Bill Sloan recounts the dramatic story of the first three months of the Korean War, when one of the great reversals of military fortune of all time not only saved South Korea from communist conquest but also rescued the US Marine Corps from extinction.

The outcome of the Korean War was decided in the first three months. The Darkest Summer is the hour-by-hour, casualty-by-casualty story of those months—a period that saw American and UN forces almost driven into the sea by the North Korean invaders before staging an incredible turn-around that reversed the entire course of the war. Drawing on exclusive author interviews, unpublished memoirs, and oral histories, the book recounts the most dramatic and historically important portion of the war from the perspective of the soldiers and Marines on the ground. Bill Sloan takes the listener into muddy foxholes, across endless rice paddies, and up hotly contested ridges with the men who fought and fell there.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sloan has crafted another superb narrative. Strongly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • "The Darkest Summer is a truly heroic book. In heart-pounding detail, Bill Sloan recounts the most momentous season in the history of the US Marine Corps—the fateful summer of 1950. Riveting from the first page to the last.”

    Alex Kershaw, author of Escape from the Deep

  • "The Darkest Summer is a harrowing and heroic tale of Korean War valor. By interviewing US Marines who fought at Pusan and Inchon, Bill Sloan transports the reader to ground zero in Korea. A truly riveting read.”

    Douglas Brinkley, author of The Wilderness Warrior

  • “A skillful, action-packed account of the first five months of the Korean War…Sloan fills his book with capsule biographies, interviews, and small-unit battle action that effectively intermix with often critical analysis of behind-the-lines politics and generalship. A colorful description of a part of the Korean War that actually turned out well.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kevin | 11/6/2013

    " "Fair." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lee | 12/12/2011

    " A good, quick, read of a pair of campaigns. The political threat to the Marine Corps is dealt with early and swiftly, as the 1950 mobilization takes over. Then, it is a close focus on the 5th Marines as they participate in the two fights. Lots of it comes from interviews with those who were there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by R D | 11/12/2010

    " Very good book, well paced. I knew things in Korea were bad in the beginning, but this book really opened my eyes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Patrick Heins | 6/22/2010

    " Great narrative and offered details about a war that I thought I knew quite a bit about. "

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About the Author

Bill Sloan is an award-winning freelance journalist and the author of more than a dozen books, the most recent being Brotherhood of Heroes: The Marines at Peleliu, 1944—The Bloodiest Battle of the Pacific War and Given Up for Dead: America’s Heroic Stand at Wake Island. During his ten years as an investigative reporter and feature writer for the Dallas Times Herald, he covered many of the major events and personalities of the second half of the twentieth century and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Dallas, Texas.