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Last Stand at Khe Sanh: The U.S. Marines' Finest Hour in Vietnam (Englisch) Audio-CD – Audiobook, April 2014


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Advance Praise for Last Stand at Khe Sanh

"Last Stand at Khe Sanh brilliantly captures the pathos of the battle and the élan of the men defending one of Vietnam's most recognizable combat bases. Gregg Jones fuses the panoramic with the visceral boots-on-the-ground view, creating an unparalleled and highly readable narrative of Khe Sanh."—Patrick K. O'Donnell, bestselling author of Dog Company: The Boys of Pointe Du Hoc

"Last Stand at Khe Sanh is an enthralling tale of American courage and heroism. Gregg Jones brings to life one of the greatest battles in modern American military history, telling the story in such vivid detail and with such powerful writing that you'll find yourself wondering as you read how you would have responded to the horrific conditions faced by these soldiers. Stories of military valor from Vietnam are often overlooked, but this is a book you will always remember."—Jonathan Eig, bestselling author of Luckiest Man and Opening Day

"Last Stand at Khe Sanh is a powerful and moving reminder of incomparable courage and extreme heroism in the Vietnam War."—Alex Kershaw, author of the bestselling The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter

"This is a book about what it is like to fight desperately, often at night, for your own survival. The long siege at Khe Sanh was one of the true horrors of the Vietnam War, and Gregg Jones gives it to us in all of its bloody, often hopeless, and heroic detail. Based largely on interviews with the Marines who were there, Last Stand at Khe Sanh stands as a remarkable record of what they did."—S. C. Gwynne, author of Empire of the Summer Moon and Rebel Yell

"Gregg Jones captures with compelling detail and riveting prose the human drama of the US Marines' stand at Khe Sanh, one of the bloodiest, and still most controversial, of Vietnam War battles."—George Herring, Alumni Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Kentucky and author of America's Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975

Publishers Weekly, 4/21/2014
"This informative account serves as a testament to those who 'heeded the call of their duly constituted leaders' and 'went to Vietnam with the best of intentions,' earning 'a place of honor in American history.'"

Kirkus, 4/15/2014
"An acclaimed journalist recounts the hell that was the siege of Khe Sanh...[A] story about a long-abandoned fire base where too many died, which makes it a story worth remembering."

Washington Independent Review of Books, 4/28/14
“Jones recounts the battle with the naked honesty of the combatants who told him their stories…a commanding history, so detailed it reads in places like a novel…his cool, matter-of-fact approach makes the horror of the battlefield searing.”

Dallas Morning News, 5/18/14
“[Jones] skillfully draws the reader close to individual Maries at the Khe Sanh…[An] engrossing book…Jones, however, takes readers an important step further after Khe Sanh is saved and abandoned…In a moving epilogue, readers meet up again with several defenders and learn how their battle experiences shaped their lives moving forward.”

San Francisco Books & Travel, July 2014
“Gregg Jones in Last Stand at Khe Sanh has thoroughly researched the 77-day siege, and his descriptions of the day-to-day trauma for 6,000 grunts on the ground at Khe Sanh stands in stark contrast to his portraits of the headquarters folks in Saigon, Da Nang and Washington…The vivid contrast is superbly drawn.”

Leatherneck, July 2014
“Jones spins his tale so deftly and effectively that he draws you immediately into the battle—so much so that you become fully engaged…The result of Jones’ efforts is a classic that echoes the passion of Erich Maria Remarque’s World War I novel, All Quiet on the Western Front; Leon Uris’ Battle Cry, a World War II classic; and the intensity of the 1992 book about the Vietnam War, We Were Soldiers Once…and Young.”

Vietnam Veterans of America Magazine, July/August 2014
“Very-good.”

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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Gregg Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed Honor in the Dust. He has been a newspaper foreign correspondent and investigative reporter for nearly thirty years, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Gerald Loeb Awards. He has reported from twenty-eight countries, writing about everything from coups and revolutions to Indonesian shadow puppetry and Thai cinema. His reporting on military affairs has included coverage of the war in Afghanistan, civil wars in Sri Lanka and Cambodia, and insurgencies in Burma, Indonesia, India, and the Philippines. He has been a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Dallas Morning News. He has been interviewed many times by CNN television and BBC radio.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen From Isolated Hill Outposts to the Combat Base: A Remarkable Account of the Siege of Khe Sanh 13. April 2014
Von Dennis M. Mannion - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
For those of us there, the Khe Sanh siege in the first four months of 1968 was a life-altering experience. Gregg Jones has masterfully written an account of those days and nights when most of the world -- and in particular the United States -- was mesmerized by television reports and the printed word emanating from the "besieged combat base." Mr. Jones captures it all -- the fears, the heroics, the tactics, the errors and the successes -- of close combat with a ferocious and determined foe 46 years ago. While no reader can ever be transported physically to a battlefield, this author's unique skills can get you as close as possible to a place where one of the oldest axioms of war came into play -- the role of fortune. Often at Khe Sanh, it was not skill or talent that kept one alive; it was the gods of fate that ruled the days and the nights. Much like Rick Atkinson's Liberation Trilogy on the fighting in Europe in World War Two, Last Stand at Khe Sanh focuses less on the higher-ups and the decision makers and instead brings the reader into the world of men on the ground and in the air during the largest and longest battle of the Vietnam War. The author takes you back to a place where "dig deeper" was the operative phrase for months and where the shouted word "incoming" took years off one's life or ended it instantly.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Telling As It Was 10. April 2014
Von J. Thomas Esslinger - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Five Stars. It is amazing that a journalist who was a young boy in 1968 has been able to write a detailed book about the Battle for Khe Sanh. He did that by immersing himself in his subject and by interviewing more than one hundred souls who were there, including this reviewer. Allow him to, and he will take you there and help you understand this complex event- all without the deprivation, danger, dirt and smells. Tom Esslinger
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5.0 von 5 Sternen HONEST AND RIVETING! 11. April 2014
Von Michael Archer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Not since Michael Herr's Dispatches has a writer so intimately and realistically captured the plight of the men who struggled to hold Khe Sanh in 1968. Pulitzer Prize finalist, historian and journalist Gregg Jones uses his enormous talent to drop the reader into the muck and gloom of the Khe Sanh battlefield. Throughout the book he deftly employs the words of those who fought and bled there to dramatically describe (frequently in riveting action sequences) the desperation and ferociousness of combat, often hand-to-hand, against the soldiers of North Vietnam's crack divisions.

Jones' years of experience as a foreign correspondent, often in the thick of guerilla warfare, is apparent in his honest rendering of the terror and heartbreak of Khe Sanh, and of the courage of those isolated, outnumbered young Americans who took the utmost punishment their enemy could dish out -- and endured.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Important Read 14. April 2014
Von Ron Smith - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Khe Sanh, like Iwo Jima, is a name that has found a permanent home in Marine Corps lore and in the collective psyche of America. Gregg Jones demystifies the 77-day siege at Khe Sanh for those of an older generation who think they know the story and those of a younger generation who know only the name. The content of his book is outstanding, and the research is exceptional.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hill 64 Thankfully our story is finally being told..... 15. April 2014
Von Michael Coonan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It has taken 46 years for the true story of Hill 64 to be accurately told. Twenty Six Marines and one Corpsman from our reinforced, 1st Platoon, Alpha Company 1/9 were killed on February 8, 1968. We were defending an indefensible knoll, (Alpha Outpost) only 500 yards/meters from 6,000 Marines and our battalion at Khe Sanh. We fought virtually alone, while the Marines at Khe Sanh could only watch us die. They were told not to fire in support of us even though they had NVA in the open.

Fifteen minutes into the battle the NVA captured 50% of the hill and I was behind enemy lines with my wounded Marines. The surviving defenders fought for our lives with no real support. Many inaccurate and self-serving war stories have been told about the Battle for Hill 64. Until, The Last Stand at Khe Sanh, by Gregg Jones, (Chapter 11) none of these stories has been accurate or critically examined.

I hope Mr. Jones’s book prompts Marine Historian’s to reexamine this battle, by beginning to recognize the Marines and corpsman who fought and died courageously, while examining the “Stolen Valor” and explaining the actions of the commanders who were watching our fight alone. The survivors and the families of the men who died on Hill 64 have earned the right to know the full story.

Mike Doc Coonan Surviving Corpsman
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