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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (397 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bob Drury, Tom Clavin, Michael Prichard Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the bestselling authors of Halsey’s Typhoon comes the true story of a Marine company’s heroic last stand during America’s “Forgotten War.”

November 1950, the Korean Peninsula. After General MacArthur ignores Mao’s warnings and pushes his UN forces deep into North Korea, his 10,000 First Division Marines find themselves surrounded and hopelessly outnumbered by 100, 000 Chinese soldiers near the Chosin Reservoir. Their only chance for survival is to fight their way south through the Toktong Pass, a narrow gorge in the Nangnim Mountains. It will need to be held open at all costs.

The mission is handed to Captain William Barber and the 246 Marines of Fox Company, a courageous but undermanned unit of the First Marines. Barber and his men are ordered to climb seven miles of frozen terrain to a rocky promontory overlooking the pass. The Marines have no way of knowing that the ground they occupy—it is soon dubbed “Fox Hill”—is surrounded by 10,000 Chinese soldiers. As the sun sets on the hill, and the temperature plunges to thirty degrees below zero, Barber’s men dig in for the night. At two in the morning they are awakened by the sound—bugles, whistles, cymbals, and drumbeats—of a massive assault by thousands of enemy infantry. The attack is just the first wave of four days and five nights of nearly continuous Chinese attempts to take Fox Hill, during which Barber’s beleaguered company clings to the high ground and allows the First Marine Division to battle south. Amid the relentless violence, three-quarters of Fox Company’s Marines are killed, wounded, or captured. Just when it looks like the outfit will be overrun, Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Davis, a fearless Marine officer who is fighting south from Chosin, volunteers to lead a force of five hundred men on a daring mission that cuts a hole in the Chinese lines and relieves the men of Fox Company.

The Last Stand of Fox Company is a fast-paced and gripping account of heroism and self-sacrifice in the face of impossible odds. The authors have conducted dozens of firsthand interviews with the battle’s survivors, and they narrate the story with the immediacy of such classic accounts of single battles as Guadalcanal Diary, Pork Chop Hill, and Black Hawk Down.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A paean worthy of one of the most extraordinary battles in Marine Corps history…A magnificent book.”

    Nathaniel Fick, New York Times bestselling author of One Bullet Away

  • “A gut-clenching and meticulously detailed account.”

    USA Today

  • “Michael Prichard’s…solid narration respectfully conveys these soldiers’ heroism in the face of impossible odds and heightens listener interest throughout this impressive work.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Bob Drury and Tom Clavin have set the standard for wartime accounts on the Korean conflict…This is a story that is almost too incredible to be true.”

    Dr. Charles P. Neimeyer, director of the US Marine Corps History Division

  • “[A] riveting narrative [that] combines drama, military strategy, and human interest.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chip Carman | 2/14/2014

    " Good narrative about a very scary place to have to defend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by John Pierse | 2/8/2014

    " i have read other works by the author,Bob Drury,and this was his best yet.i couldn't put it down.he tells the story of these men and you just get so involved with them and whats happening.Plus i knew little of the Korean War and this story of one small unit in a tough situation was a real eye opener,a great read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jeff James | 1/30/2014

    " Damn good book! It was hard to put down once I started it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tom Divine | 1/29/2014

    " A great read about one of the most important battles in the history of the United States Marine Corps. This battle is up there with Iwo Jima and Khe San. The Korean War, a conflict that has been "orphaned to history," claimed 50,000 American lives, yet few of us know anything about it. Definitely read this book. "

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