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For seventy-seven days in 1968, amid fears that America faced its own disastrous Dien Bien Phu, six thousand US Marines held off thirty thousand North Vietnamese Army regulars at the remote mountain stronghold called Khe Sanh. It was the biggest battle of the Vietnam War, with sharp ground engagements, devastating artillery duels, and massive US air strikes. After several weeks of heroic defense, the besieged Americans struck back in a series of bold assaults, and the North Vietnamese withdrew with heavy losses.
Last Stand at Khe Sanh is the vivid, fast-paced account of the dramatic confrontation as experienced by the men who were there: Marine riflemen and grenadiers, artillery and air observers, platoon leaders and company commanders, Navy corpsmen and helicopter pilots, and a plucky band of US Army Special Forces. Based on extensive archival research and more than one hundred interviews with participants, Last Stand at Khe Sanh captures the courage and camaraderie of the defenders and delivers the fullest account yet of this epic battle.
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By Ronald F. Romancik on 04-26-14
Where does Last Stand at Khe Sanh rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I would rank this book among the best Vietnam stories I have read
Which scene was your favorite?
All of them
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Khe Sanh a living hell
Any additional comments?
I was a Special Forces Medic and was at Khe Sanh when the siege begain on 1/21/68. I was only there for two weeks before going back to Phu Bi. It was living hell for the two weeks I was there . This book filled in all the rest of the story that I was ,for a short time part of . I new some of the people mentioned in the book. It was well written and was hard to stop listing too. The narrator was excellent. God bless all the Marines who fought of so hard at Khe Sanh for there buddies and for freedom. WHO RAHHH!
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By ioane_77 on 08-02-14
If you could sum up Last Stand at Khe Sanh in three words, what would they be?
Sobering, awe-inspiring, and humbling...
What did you like best about this story?
The truth. It's refreshing to read accounts that are largely straightforward accounts of the situations and the people who experienced them.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
The topic is too much to sit and listen to in one sitting. It's obviously not a novel... One can take only so much heart-wrenching details and accounts in "one sitting".
Any additional comments?
The topic and reality of what this book covers is sobering. My respect for both our country and her military defenders increased substantially, thanks to this superb and honest book. It shows our country's imperfections (especially those of her leaders), yet clearly shows as well the deep, abiding foundation of patriotism and service in a great many of her citizens.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful