While many accounts of modern war bog readers down in a morass of military and administrative details, Russ's history so clearly distinguishes the various units, locations, and personalities that shaped the campaign that it could easily be compared with the finest novels of battle, including Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels. Expertly moving between American, Chinese, and Korean points of view, Russ argues that the Marines were trapped at Chosin because of the arrogance of Douglas MacArthur, the incompetence of the U.S. Army, and the disciplined planning of the Chinese generals.
Celebrated for his brilliant war memoir, The Last Parallel, Russ has provoked criticism for his tendency in Breakout to disparage the U.S. Army. However, his quotations of numerous dispatches showing Marine commanders' concern about advancing into the Chosin area, as well as his consistent portrayal of Army officers' ineptitude, lend credence to his argument that it was the particular esprit de corps of the Marines that prevented the disintegration of American forces in the freezing wastes of North Korea. --James Highfill --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This is a book that you can read, put down, and start up again, with ease.
One issue Russ meets head on is the generally sorry performance of U.S. Army units attached to X Corps during the Chosin Reservoir campaign.
The stories that were told by this book are well written and very close to the actual events that took place during this time period.
Excellent, well written book on the Chosin Reservoir campaign. I was fortunate enough to know many of the Marines of "The Chosin Few. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Blaine E. Moyer
I couldn't put the book down, and after a few years I think its time to read it again. The book does an excellent job telling the story from both the perspective of the individual... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Andrew M
Shipped promptly and as described. A excellent account of the battle at the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War.Published 5 months ago by moneyman
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I enjoyed the first person descriptions of the action because they added humanistic realism. The narrative was clear and well organized making the book easy to understand The only... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Harold Ray
As a Marine Corps combat veteran and an author of four books about Marines in battle myself, I yield to the vastly superior storytelling of Maritin Russ in this gripping account of... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Otto J. Lehrack
led by some great Marine leaders whose names read like a Hall of Fame of United States Marine Corps leaders. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Chuck Cameron. - Marine Mustang PA
This history of one of the finest campaigns for the USMC is an entertaining and accurate account of US Military history. Where Mr. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Joseph Duggan, Jr.
My father in law read it and said great read. My father was in this war...I plan to read it nextPublished 12 months ago by C. Drew