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Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen, Anna Quindlen

The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat

The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat - Bob Drury, Tom Clavin Whenever something's titled "the last stand of" you know it doesn't end well for whoever's name is unfortunate enough to come after the "of".

Bob Drury and Tom Clavin's The Last Stand of Fox Company spotlights a horrendous engagement during the Korean War, the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. Extreme freezing temperatures, the introduction of Chinese forces fighting on the North Korean's side, and the enemy's overwhelming numbers created one of the most adverse battle conditions in military history. Some even liken it to the Battle of Thermopylae (what the kids now call "300" due to the popular movie).

Though this is about one battle between essentially two armies, this book feels like it includes a cast of thousands. There are so many stories to be told and many end in sadness. Regardless, they are all intertwined nicely. A soldier's tale maybe be told in one, quick gulp if that's all the reader would be interested in. The tale of others may stretch through out the book, such as that of Colonel William E. Barber, then a captain and veteran of WWII. Loose strings like that are handled deftly and all is tied up satisfactorily in the end.