On Desperate Ground by Hampton Sides

On Desperate Ground

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 WarOn October 15, 1950, the vainglorious General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander of U.N. troops in Korea, convinced President Harry Truman that the communist forces would be utterly defeated by Thanksgiving. The Chinese, he ...

Details On Desperate Ground

TitleOn Desperate Ground
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, War, Military Fiction

Reviews On Desperate Ground

  • Michael
    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 one continues that tradition. His major focus here is on a critical campaign that almost started World War 3, namely MacArthur’s initiative after landing at Incho...
  • Joseph
    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 Trail, Ghost Soldiers, Blood and Thunder, and other bestselling works of narrative history and literary non-fiction.The Korean War is America’s forgotten war, and t...
  • Karen
    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, major historical character portrayals.The marines fought like never before in history. Inter-relationships between the various military elements - Army, Marines - were ...
  • Perri
    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 others. Sides is adept at interspersing stories of the individual with the larger picture of the how and why of this epic battle. Hail to the Chosin Frozen Few! Thanks t...
  • Casey Wheeler
    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 my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.I requested this book as  Ihave read about the Korean War,  but not one on the specific subject that this on...
  • Bryan Summers
    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 our left, they are on our right, they're in front of us, they're behind us . . . they can't get away this time." This is that battle. I knew nothing about the battle tha...
  • Michelle Arredondo
    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 information...absolutely intense. If you are someone freshly getting into the story of the Korean war, light on the knowledge, someone that knows nothing about it ...
  • Stephen
    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 some of our leaders, did someone say, "MacArthur"? , that surrounded the Korean conflict.Meticulously researched and finely detailed, it is a rich, rewarding, and informati...
  • Linda Klager
    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 respect all of the soldiers who fought and/or died during this conflict. There were so many brave men listed in the book and, of course, the author could not tell all t...
  • Stephanie
    My husband is a military history buff – if we are in a bookstore and get separated, I know I will find him in the military history section, and if I lose him in a public library, I just look in the 940s through the 990s. He has read hundreds of books on military history in general, he devours whatever he can find on the Korean Conflict, and for many years he has been interested in the story of the battle at the Chosin Reservoir. With all that, ...
  • Abigail Ameen
    I knew nothing of the Korean war when I started this book. In my opinion, Sides does an excellent job managing countless "characters" and multiple settings while writing an interesting narrative that reads a lot like a work of fiction. Primarily a fiction reader myself, I'm finding creative non-fiction authors like Sides and Erik Larson an excellent way to broaden my knowledge and still maintain that much needed escape that reading fiction provid...
  • Lesley
    Apparently Hampton Sides can make anything interesting to me. I have never enjoyed any accounts of war, but I found this book fascinating. The book details the battle at the Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War and the events leading up to it. Unlike some history authors who just supply a book's worth of facts, Sides provides a moving narrative of the men involved in the battle... while still supplying all the facts. Can I give this book six stars?
  • Breane Ross
    What a great nf Korean war book! This is a great read and not at all boring like some others I have read. Way to go Mr Sides!
  • Thomas Ryan
    Just a fast paced, well written book about a poorly planned but bravely fought engagement in the Korean War. US Marines are just special! Excellent history.
  • Warren Benton
    I was unfamiliar with the Korean war going into this book.  So when some of the same names that were heavy hitters in WWII came up I was surprised.  I did not realize that Gen Douglass MacArthur was in Tokyo telling the Marines to push to end this skirmish quickly.  This would have worked if the Chinese added some 300,000 troops to the fight.  The Marines got trapped at Chosin Reservoir. MacArthur thought even when reports were coming in tha...
  • Cavak
    Wonderfully written and brief historical narrative of the Battle of Chosin Reservoir that is filled with heart, turmoil, and respect for the doers at the scene. All the soldiers, the civilians, the prisoners of war, the generals fighting beside their men—it's clear that Sides wants you to know that they are the real treasures of integrity.Even better, On Desperate Ground includes opinions of post-WWII desegregation while highlighting some first...
  • Brandon Bierley
    Hampton Sides masterfully tells the story of the Chosin Campaign. If I have a criticism it is that I felt that while telling a slightly broader story than what is told in The Last Stand of Fox Company, it doesn't quote go wide enough to enter new territory. However, as a big fan of the Korean War history this is a solid entry into the collection.Copy courtesy of Netgalley and Doubleday Books in exchange for an honest review.
  • Csimplot
    Excellent book!
  • Christopher B Donahoe
    The men whose lives are the subject of this excellent narrative deserve far more recognition than it seems history has given them.