Last Stand at Khe Sanh: The U.S. Marines' Finest Hour in Vietnam [NOOK Book]

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In the tradition of Black Hawk Down and Band of Brothers, the riveting story of two Marine regiments who were surrounded five-to-one by North Vietnamese troops and a heroic 12-week battle to defend the Khe Sanh complex, the last stronghold along a 100-mile defensive line—the last chance to stop the NVA from overwhelming South Vietnam
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Last Stand at Khe Sanh: The U.S. Marines' Finest Hour in Vietnam

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Overview

In the tradition of Black Hawk Down and Band of Brothers, the riveting story of two Marine regiments who were surrounded five-to-one by North Vietnamese troops and a heroic 12-week battle to defend the Khe Sanh complex, the last stronghold along a 100-mile defensive line—the last chance to stop the NVA from overwhelming South Vietnam
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/21/2014
Journalist Jones (Honor in the Dust) examines one of the most iconic and controversial engagements of the Vietnam War, the 77-day (February–April 1968) siege of the 6,000-man U.S. Marine base at Khe Sanh by some 20,000 North Vietnamese Army troops. This is not the first book to look at Khe Sanh, as a number of memoirs and military histories have chronicled the siege's brutal on-the ground-action and bigger picture strategic issues, and Jones gives cursory attention to the larger picture—who won, who lost, and why. "Definitive answers" to questions such as the NVA's true objectives at Khe Sanh, he says, "will likely remain elusive." Instead, Jones concentrates on sharing the personal stories of the American Marines in the trenches, leaning heavily on interviews he conducted with veterans and making them the core of a readable narrative that also includes facts and figures from secondary sources and official records. This informative account serves as a testament to those who "heeded the call of their duly constituted leaders" and "went to Vietnam with the best of intentions," earning "a place of honor in American history." (Apr.)
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Praise for Last Stand at Khe Sanh

"A powerful and moving reminder of incomparable courage and extreme heroism."—Alex Kershaw, author of The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter

“The story about a long-abandoned fire base where too many died, which makes it a story worth remembering.”Kirkus Reviews

"The long siege at Khe Sanh was one of the true horrors of the Vietnam War, and Gregg Jones gives it to us in all of its bloody, often hopeless, and heroic detail."—S.C. Gwynne, author of Empire of the Summer Moon and Rebel Yell

“Jones fuses the panoramic with the visceral boots-on-the-ground view, creating an unparalleled and highly readable narrative of Khe Sanh.”—Patrick K. O’Donnell, bestselling author of Dog Company

“Brings to life one of the greatest battles in modern American military history.… Vivid detail and powerful writing.”—Jonathan Eig, bestselling author of Luckiest Man

"[An] engrossing book"Dallas Morning News

"Jones spins his tale so deftly and effectively that he draws you immediately into the battle.... A classic!"Leatherneck

Winner of the Marine Corps Heritage Center's General Wallace M. Greene, Jr. Award

Vietnam, April 2015
“A book panoramic in scope yet heart-wrenchingly personal… Jones, drawing extensively on interviews conducted with veterans of the battle, poignantly re-creates the miserable, subterranean hell in which the Marines fought and died…. Last Stand at Khe Sahn is a tribute to those who served—and suffered—in the siege.”

Military Review, February 2015
“[The author] wanted to see the battle through the eyes of those young Americans who fought at Khe Sahn. The reader will quickly discover that it is the achievement of the latter goal that this book excels. Jones has done an incredible job gathering the firsthand accounts from those who served and weaving them into a seamless narrative that flows across both time and space.”

Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-31
An acclaimed journalist recounts the hell that was the siege of Khe Sanh. In this history of one of the worst follies of Vietnam, Jones (Honor in the Dust: Theodore Roosevelt, War in the Philippines, and the Rise and Fall of America's Imperial Dream, 2012) relies on a mix of well-reported historical detail for his combat narrative but rarely finds the depth of personal remembrance readers embrace in other works of Vietnam literature. Old soldiers remember that the siege was an absolute blood bath, an event whispered alongside names like Okinawa and Dien Bien Phu. Turning his focus to just four months at the beginning of 1968 allows the author to capture the worst of it. However, there is a larger context here. The question remains whether Defense Minister Vo Nguyen Giap was setting up the war's killing blow or distracting Gen. William Westmoreland from the onslaught of the Tet Offensive. Jones focuses on the brave Marines and other soldiers who maintained their defenses under impossible circumstances. Unfortunately, the book becomes in some ways a too-long list of faceless, if not nameless, casualties of war, cut down badly and far too young. To be fair, the author attempts to give personalities to all the soldiers, although some of the more colorful rise to the surface—e.g., fire support officer Harry Baig or chopper pilot David "Balls to the Wall" Althoff, who sometimes used up three war birds in a day. In other places, occasionally grim humor unlocks the story: the war-maddened soldiers doing their chicken dance to taunt the enemy or the surgeons who took out an ad in the New England Journal of Medicine reading, "Wanted, General Practitioner to assume a diversified medical and surgical practice in a small, quiet, mountain setting." An imperfectly told story about a long-abandoned fire base where too many died, which makes it a story worth remembering.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306821400
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 4/22/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 146,488
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Gregg Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed Honor in the Dust. He has been a newspaper foreign correspondent and investigative reporter for nearly thirty years, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Gerald Loeb Awards. He has reported from twenty-eight countries, writing about everything from coups and revolutions to Indonesian shadow puppetry and Thai cinema. His reporting on military affairs has included coverage of the war in Afghanistan, civil wars in Sri Lanka and Cambodia, and insurgencies in Burma, Indonesia, India, and the Philippines. He has been a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Dallas Morning News. He has been interviewed many times by CNN television and BBC radio.
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  • Posted April 16, 2014

    This work will for sure go down as the definitive account of the

    This work will for sure go down as the definitive account of the struggle between good and evil. It is written from the ground up, chronicled by the young men who suffered and endured. Men who became bonded for life by their deprivations and their losses which they carry in their hearts to this day. Bravery and courage beyond explanation and yet the author takes you right into the breach alongside these brave young men. Gregg Jones will leave you trembling with fear as the NVA pour across the trenches and you will share a sense of pride in these men you can't explain when the sun comes up and they collect their dead and wounded Marines. You will feel the exhilaration after months of frustration when you go along with these brave young Warriors on their "Payback Patrol" avenging the loss of so many of their fellow Marines. Gregg Jones will leave you feeling like the Marines who fought there: PROUD!


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  • Posted April 13, 2014

    For those of us there, the Khe Sanh siege in the first four mont

    For those of us there, the Khe Sanh siege in the first four months of 1968 was a life-altering experience. Gregg Jones has masterfully written an account of the time when most of the world -- and in particular the United States -- was mesmerized by television reports and the printed word emanating from the "besieged combat base." Mr. Jones captures it all -- the fears, the heroics, the tactics, the errors and the successes -- of close combat with a ferocious and determined foe 46 years ago. While no reader can ever be transported physically to a battlefield, this author's unique skills can get you as close as possible to a place where one of the oldest axioms of war came into play -- the role of fortune. Often at Khe Sanh, it was not skill or talent that kept one alive; it was the gods of fate that ruled the days and the nights. Much like Rick Atkinson's Liberation Trilogy on the fighting in Europe in World War Two, Last Stand at Khe Sanh focuses less on the higher-ups and the decision makers and instead brings the reader into the world of men on the ground and in the air during the largest and longest battle of the Vietnam War. The author takes you back to a place where "dig deeper" was the operative phrase for months and where the shouted word "incoming" took years off one's life or ended it instantly. A remarkable book.

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  • Posted April 17, 2014

    Last Stand at Khe Sanh, The Marines Finest Hour In Vietnam.  By

    Last Stand at Khe Sanh, The Marines Finest Hour In Vietnam.  By Gregg Jones.  Over the years I have read quite a few books and articles on Khe Sanh, but never one like one.  Gregg Jones takes us through  battles on the surrounding hills and then down into the red mud of the base camp.  Through extensive interviews and research he follows the passion, sweat and tears of the men who lived and died.  He draws the reader into the heroic actions of these men, mostly in their late teens or early twenties.  By caring enough to look into the lives of these individuals ¿M¿r. Jones weaves a narrative of interviews and history that take you along for the ride, so much so you feel you are right there with them.  Gregg Jones once wrote he hopes his book will contribute in some small way in the keeping alive the memory of the brave service rendered in the defense of Khe Sanh.  He has accomplished his goal and more.  History buffs, students of war, family, friends and those who are interested in learning, you will not be disappointed...

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2014

    Last Stand at Khe Sanh: The U. S. Marines' Finest Hour in Vietn

    Last Stand at Khe Sanh: The U. S. Marines' Finest Hour in Vietnam by Gregg Jones is an extraordinary book, it ranks at the top of the list of what has been written on the subject. Last Stand at Khe Sanh tells the story of the epic three (3) month battle that defined the U. S. involvement in the Vietnam War with the kind of gut-wrenching detail and clarity which makes someone who was an eyewitness to those historic events such as I marvel—I'm amazed at how Mr. Jones was able to so fully grasp the experience. By combining the official reports with the memoirs of the decisionmakers @ all levels, then adding the personal recollections of the 'boots on the ground' participants—be they senior or junior, officers or enlisted, Infantrymen, Artillerymen, Aviators, Logisticians, or other support personnel—Gregg Jones has 'cut through the fog of war' and accurately told the story despite the efforts of a few who have exaggerated their role. Last Stand at Khe Sanh: The U. S. Marines' Finest Hour in Vietnam by Gregg Jones adds immeasurably to the understanding of what the American fighting man faced as he 'stood in the breach' against a formidable enemy, an enemy our senior-most civilian and military leadership took for granted and vastly underestimated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Last Stand at Khe Sanh is a most honorable salute to the sacrifi

    Last Stand at Khe Sanh is a most honorable salute to the sacrifice, heroism and courage of our boys from Pawnee, Scranton, Yonkers, Wilmington and thousands of other small towns that produce our nation’s finest. There is a reason why they are called “The Few and The Proud”. As a photo-journalist it has been my good fortune to be with Marines in Beirut, Anbar and Jalalabad. The professionalism and esprit de corps of the Devil Dogs is an amazing thing to behold. Politics and policy aside, their stories must be researched, told and passed on. I don’t know if the idea of “American Exceptionalism” crossed Gregg’s mind as he intimately interviewed the men who survived such a harrowing ordeal, but this reader came away with the thought that they were handed an ugly, dirty, seemingly impossible assignment, not only fulfilling it against all odds, but doing so with bravery and valor. I thank Gregg not only for the deeply-researched story of the 77-day siege, but all the historical tidbits like the backstory of Dien Bien Phu, Muscle Shoals, Super Gaggle, Johnson, McNamara and Westmoreland that enriched a story we should never forget. Semper Fi to all Marines and especially those who survived, thank you for informing us and reminding us of your special duty. -- Mike Theiler

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  • Posted May 7, 2014

    "SIMPLY INCREDIBLE" CPL GGR, Delta CO., 1/9 Marines

    "SIMPLY INCREDIBLE" CPL GGR, Delta CO., 1/9 Marines - 46 years? Yes, 46 years ago I was one of the wounded marines leaving the Khe Sanh combat base. Approximately a year or so ago I received a telephone call from a Mr. Gregg Jones. He said that he was writing a book about the marines during the battle for Khe Sanh. Mr. Jones, the author of "Last Stand At Khe Sanh" and I talked for hours about my account of the battle. Mr. Jones talked with great respect and concern and truly understood when having trouble talking about some events. I talked with him several more times since the interview and he has never altered from his personal feelings for the men that fought that battle. I have only read a few books about Vietnam since 1968. This is the greatest and most personal book I have read. Mr. Jones has managed to enter the hearts and minds of these individuals that fought the battle for Khe Sanh and placed it into words that all who read it can't help being touched by the braveness and courage of the young 19-20 year old men (boys) who fought this battle and beat the odds. After all of these years of people not believing in the Vietnam War and the people that fought there, I believe Mr. Jones has written a book that will touch your own heart in one way or another. I believe that Mr. Jones truly cares about what he has written in this book. I believe that he has written about these individuals with truthfulness, honesty and great sincerity. This is a magnificent book for all to read. If you don't get this book, you want know what you have missed, which is a true part of our history. One last thing, I feel that if you purchase and read this book you will be honoring all that fought, died, and were wounded during this 77 day battle. Yes, they beat all "ODDS" at the "Last Stand At Khe Sanh". Mr. Jones, I wish to give you my own personal "THANK YOU" for writing this book with great care, honesty and heart felt passion for all that were there.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2014

    The Battle of Hill 64 is missing lots of information that does n

    The Battle of Hill 64 is missing lots of information that does not allow the reader to learn what really happen. The Plt was split in half when the NVA penetrated the permeter setting up two sections, one on the south side and another on the north side. They each fought for six hours, this writer only shows one side of that battle. Parts of other section are deliberate untruths. More of his imagination than anything else. I would not waste my money if you were buying it for Hill 64 material.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2014

    The war in Vietnam

    Well written. I recommend.

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