For Country and Corps: The Life of General Oliver P. Smith

Overview


Oliver P. Smith fought at Peleliu and Okinawa and then commanded the 1st Marine Division in Korea during the assault at Inchon, the recapture of Seoul, and the breakout from the Chosin Reservoir. Called one of the twentieth century's great Marine leaders, Smith was known as an outstanding combat commander and a man of great intellect and moral courage. This biography, written by the granddaughter he helped raise, illuminates the general's remarkable life. It draws on interviews, oral histories and a thorough ...
See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (9) from $16.88   
  • New (4) from $20.00   
  • Used (5) from $16.88   
For Country and Corps: The Life of General Oliver P. Smith

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$23.49
BN.com price
(Save 41%)$39.95 List Price

Overview


Oliver P. Smith fought at Peleliu and Okinawa and then commanded the 1st Marine Division in Korea during the assault at Inchon, the recapture of Seoul, and the breakout from the Chosin Reservoir. Called one of the twentieth century's great Marine leaders, Smith was known as an outstanding combat commander and a man of great intellect and moral courage. This biography, written by the granddaughter he helped raise, illuminates the general's remarkable life. It draws on interviews, oral histories and a thorough examination of letters held by the family and not previously available to researchers. Gail Shisler's investigation of Smith's relationship with his Army superiors in Korea and with his Marine Corps peers and superiors takes exception to previously published descriptions and adds new insights into the Corps' postwar battle for survival.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Oliver P. Smith (1893–1977) looked more like a high school chemistry teacher than a stereotypical Marine officer, but he was one of the Marine Corps's finest combat leaders of the 20th century. In this first full-length biography, his granddaughter combines interviews and oral histories with archival and family papers in a well-rounded portrait. A contemporary observed that Smith “was good at anything.” His WWII career ranged from headquarters service in Washington to combat duty in assistant division command and a stint as chief of staff of the 10th Army on Okinawa. But Smith's achievements culminated as commander of the 1st Marine Division in Korea. In November 1950, a massive Chinese attack isolated the Marines around Chosin Reservoir. Smith directed an epic breakout that left the attacking Chinese troops crippled. Shisler tells the story well, emphasizing Smith's skill at getting the best out of his exhausted men. “Retreat, hell,” he was famously quoted as saying, “we are just attacking in a different direction.” Shisler creditably tells the story of a general who served country and corps with distinction. 25 b&w photos. (Oct. 1)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591148265
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Pages: 323
  • Sales rank: 950,945
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Gail B. Shisler was born during World War II, a conflict in which her father lost his life. She lived with General and Mrs. Smith for much of her youth. She now makes her home in Fairfax, VA.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
  • Posted November 1, 2010

    Different perspective on Chosin

    I've read a great number of books on the Marines in Korea. While many accounts of the Korean War emphasize the battalion and regimental commanders, For Country and God emphasizes the important role that the division commander played in the success of the Chosin breakout. For Country and Corps also covers the political shenanigans that went on behind closed doors, and that ultimately cost the lives of many American servicemen in Korea, and the political maneuvering that shoved O.P. Smith out the door.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2010

    Extremely well researched and written

    The best book yet written about O.P. Smith. Shisler did a fabulous job with extensive research. Even those without a military background can read and understand this book.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)