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The author of the well-received We Were One (2006) turns his attention to the Korean War, specifically to George Company of the First Marines. Mobilized at Camp Pendleton in the summer of 1950, the company went ashore at Inchon and battled house-to-house through Seoul. Then they sailed around to Wonsan and began the march north that led to the Chosin Reservoir campaign. An epic in spite of all the times it has been called “Frozen Chosin,” the effort put George Company against formidable opponents. They faced entire regiments of Chinese, abominable subarctic weather, shortages of supplies, and impossible or at least impassable terrain. Most of them were barely trained teenagers, but the training was marine training and their leaders were the formidable likes of First Sergeant Rocco Zullo, who isn’t the only marine portrayed with great skill here. Altogether, place this book beside We Were One in the certainty of attracting the same audience. --Roland Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Hampton Sides, author of "Ghost Soldiers" and "Blood and Thunder" "Patrick O'Donnell has a rare talent for isolating and burrowing into the great military stories of recent history. With "Give Me Tomorrow, " he applies his well-seasoned skills to a brutal, Thermopylae-like battle from the Korean War--a battle that tested the upper limits of heroism and the outer limits of human endurance." John Mosier, author of "The Myth of the Great War" and "The Blitzkrieg Myth""A meticulously crafted narrative that not only follows the heroic struggles of one Marine unit, but gives the reader a sense of what for most Americans is, sadly enough, a forgotten war. Absolutely flawless: If you only read one book about the Korean War, "Give Me Tomorrow" should be that book." John C. McManus, author of "Alamo in the Ardennes""Pat O'Donnell is, quite simply, one of the best combat historians of our time. In "Give Me Tomorrow," he turns his attention to the Korean War and brings the story of the Geor
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; Reprint edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306820447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306820441
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Combat historian, bestselling author, and public speaker Patrick K. O'Donnell has written eight critically acclaimed books that recount the epic stories of America's wars.

Dog Company: The Boys of Pointe du Hoc The Rangers Who Accomplished D-Day's Toughest Mission and Led the Way Across Europe is his most recent work.

His bestseller, Beyond Valor, which tells the gripping tales of U.S. WWII Ranger and Airborne veterans, won the William E. Colby Award for Outstanding Military History. O'Donnell's We Were One: Shoulder to Shoulder With the Marines Who Took Fallujah is required reading for Marines and is on the Commandants' Professional Reading List.

His other books include Into the Rising Sun; Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs; The Brenner Assignment: The Untold Story of the Most Daring Spy Mission of WWII; They Dared Return; and Give Me Tomorrow: The Korean War's Greatest Untold Story - The Epic Stand Of The Marines Of George Company.

His books have been Main or Alternate selections of the Book-of-the-Month, History, and Military History Book Clubs. Reviewers from media outlets as diverse as The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Jerusalem Post, Los Angeles Times, CNN, C-SPAN, and National Public Radio (NPR) have hailed his publications.

O'Donnell has been studying World War II and modern war since childhood. He has a passion for finding ways to preserve the oral histories of America's combat veterans for generations to come. Nearly two decades ago, he founded The Drop Zone, the first online military oral history project and virtual museum. This award-winning website contains many of the thousands of interviews O'Donnell personally conducted with veterans and their adversaries, making it one of the largest private collections of historical materials from elite and special operations troops.

As an expert on WWII espionage, special operations, and counter-insurgency on the modern battlefield, the historian has helped with production and writing for numerous documentaries produced by the BBC, the History Channel, and others. He has appeared as a guest on countless television and radio shows on NPR, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, and other networks.

O'Donnell not only writes about combat--he's experienced it firsthand. During the Iraq war, he was embedded with military units as the only civilian combat historian to volunteer and spend three months in Iraq documenting the experiences of troops in battle. He fought with a Marine rifle platoon (Lima Company 3/1) during the Battle of Fallujah, surviving several ambushes, and carried a mortally wounded Marine out of a firefight with Chechen insurgents. (See WeWereOne.com and The History Channel's: Shoot Out D-Day Fallujah.)

On his second tour to Iraq, he served as a war correspondent for Men's Journal and Fox News, reporting on the conflict in Iraq from the perspective of the Marines on the ground. He has written for Military History Quarterly (MHQ) and WWII Magazine and is a contributor to The National Review, as well as a variety of nationally recognized publications.

He also provided historical consulting for DreamWorks' award-winning miniseries Band of Brothers, as well as for the billion-dollar Medal of Honor game franchise.

His skills and expertise have been tapped by private sector firms and government agencies, including DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). For the agency, O'Donnell worked on modern weapons systems for urban warfare, researched and analyzed counter-insurgency strategies and tactics, and assessed German technology from WWII, focusing on its application to the modern battlefield.

Because he believes in experiencing the places and people about which he writes, O'Donnell has traveled to nearly all of the battlefields of North America and many of the WWII battlefields in Northern Europe. In addition, each one of his books contains scores, if not hundreds, of oral history interviews, combined with years of archival research. For example, The Brenner Assignment was based on 10,000 primary source documents.

The author credits serendipity for leading him in the right direction, because the stories he tells somehow always find him.
His websites include:

www.patrickkodonnell.com
www.dogcompanybook.com
www.givemetomorrowbook.com
www.theydaredreturn.com
www.thedropzone.org
www.brennerassignment.com
www.wewereone.com
www.facebook.com/patrickkodonnell


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143 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Robert Harbula on October 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was a member of George Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division or G-3-1 in Korea. I've waited for 60 years for someone to tell our story. Fate must have sent Patrick O'Donnell to uncover this story before it was too late.

He brought this story to vivid interest and readability. We were 19 and 20 year olds that had to be the least trained Marines going into a battle. In World War ll we usually outnumbered the enemy but in Korea it was the opposite. Usually 10-20 to 1.

I still can't believe we did what we did.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By David on October 30, 2010
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Give Me Tomorrow is an amazing untold story about Marines who faced unbelievable odds. At the Chosin Reservior, these Marines fought a relentless enemy, weather which dipped into the minus 40s, no food (just Tootsie Rolls and handfuls of snow), and no shelter, just shallow foxholes. The book focuses George Company which battled through a division of Chinese troops and held the "Little Round Top of Korea," East Hill, against a regiment of Chinese troops. Their epic stand wasn't a one-time occurrence, the company remarkably made five epic stands (Seoul, Task Force Drysdale, East Hill, Hill 902, and on the last day and battle of the Korean War at a forgotten outpost called Boulder City). This book is action packed, a page turner which puts the reader in the boots of these Marines, and mostly in the words of these heroes.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on October 25, 2010
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"Give Me Tomorrow" is one of my favorite books. I knew next to nothing about the Korean War until I read this epic story. Unlike traditional histories, this reads in a very cinematic manner and focuses around a core group of Marines. The book is an amazing story of true courage and survival. These men fought in temperatures approaching 40 below zero, no food and against odds at 20 or more to one--amazing! The men of George Company and the "Frozen Chosen" are all true heroes. If you want to understand the Forgotten Ware read this book!!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Powers on October 27, 2010
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I'm a history buff and this is the best combat book I have ever read. The author takes the word of the combatants and makes a "I don't want to put the book down" kind of story out of their experience. Great up front action!!!!!!!!!
I know how well the author covered the story because I was a member of G/3/1 and I'm mentioned in the book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Orace L. Edwards on May 11, 2011
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Give Me Tomorrow is a Book that covers the Marine Corps Rifle Company (G-3-1) that I was in during this time frame (Sept 15 1950 to Dec 5, 1950).
I bought a copy for each of my family members, Siblings and Children, to give so they could get a record of the Battles that I was in and the Buddies that I served with and lost. It covers MSgt Rocco Zullo very well. His Voice, at Tent Camp II during August 1950 and Vibrated the Quansi Hut Roofs during Revelee. He was quite a Marine. I personaly think he deserves the Congressional Medal of Honor.
It covers the three battles that I was in (Inchon, Seoul, & Chosin Reservoir) very well and also gives some coverage in detail of how I was wounded (Nov. 30 1950) at the Chosin reservoir during Task Force Drysdale and evacuated. I missed the East Hill fire Fighting.
Thanks
Orace Leon Edwards (The Tall Texas Tee Totaler)
Arlington, Texas
I was actually born in Miller County, Arkansas but grew up Texarkana (Ark/Tex)
A Marine participant in Give Me Tomorrow.
It is Personal record for me.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charles Lewis on November 8, 2010
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With his most recent book, "Give Me Tomorrow", Patrick K. O'Donnell has made a critical and important contribution to the Korean War's published record. While there have been numerous ground-breaking books on Korea during the past 55 years or so, very few of them have touched on the personal experiences of the American fighting-man quite like O'Donnell's work. It is fair to describe this volume as a sort of "Band of Brothers" for Korean War history. In many ways it is, as it introduces a new generation of Americans to a company of Marines who fought and survived under conditions that many would find impossible. We can only hope that other authors will follow Mr. O'Donnell's lead and bring us more stories like this. This is certainly his finest book yet!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nelson on October 12, 2013
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I am sorry, but I believe the men of George company deserve better. Theirs is a truly heroic story, and one is delighted that the spotlight of history has shone on them. However, one wishes that they had a better proponent for their story.

I have any number of issues, but chief among them are the following:

1) Right at the start of the book, Mr. O'Donnell makes the unpardonable error of making himself central to the narrative.
2) His representation of Don Carlos Faith seemed extremely churlish. Col. Faith was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions, but reading this book you would have never known it.
3) The backdrop of events and the historic detail associated with those events were off - particularly in the case of Taskforce Drysdale.
4) The devil is in the detail and the accuracy of the fact checking around those details really wasn't great - George Company's comrades in arms, for instance, were Royal Marines; not hard to get right, but Mr. O'Donnell persistently gets it wrong.
5) There were a number of peculiar footnotes, which were repetitious in nature, especially when compared to the text itself - why weren't these properly edited? This sloppiness smacks of filler when none is required in a set of stories so gripping in nature.
6) The "where are they now section" seemed sadly lacking - these are heroic men, and to know more about them and their lives would have been an honour.

In short, in my opinion, Mr. O'Donnell has taken the lazy man's approach to this book - he has simply let his heroic subjects do all the work through the brush strokes of their words alone. What he has failed to do is provide them, as was his reponsibilty as the named author, with the accurate, unobtrusive and reflective canvas on which their deeds deserve to have been painted.
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