Marines of Autumn: A Novel of the Korean War / Edition 1
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Marines of Autumn: A Novel of the Korean War / Edition 1

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by James Brady
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312280815

ISBN-13: 9780312280819

Pub. Date: 05/15/2001

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

War has been the inspiration of such great novels as The Red Badge of Courage and A Farewell to Arms, and daring feats of courage and tragic mistakes have been the foundation for such classic works. Now, for the first time ever, the Korean War has a novel that captures that courage and sacrifice.

When Captain Thomas Verity, USMC, is called back to

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War has been the inspiration of such great novels as The Red Badge of Courage and A Farewell to Arms, and daring feats of courage and tragic mistakes have been the foundation for such classic works. Now, for the first time ever, the Korean War has a novel that captures that courage and sacrifice.

When Captain Thomas Verity, USMC, is called back to action, he must leave his Georgetown home, career, and young daughter and rush to Korea to monitor Chinese radio transmissions. At first acting in an advisory role, he is abruptly thrust into MacArthur's last daring and disastrous foray-the Chosin Reservoir campaign-and then its desperate retreat.

Time magazine at the time recounted the retreat this way: "The running fight of the Marines...was a battle unparalleled in U.S. military history. It had some aspects of Bataan, some of Anzio, some of Dunkirk, some of Valley Forge, and some of 'the retreat of the 10,000' as described in Xenophon's Anabasis."

The Marines of Autumn is a stunning, shattering novel of war illuminated only by courage, determination, and Marine Corps discipline. And by love: of soldier for soldier, of men and their women, and of a small girl in Georgetown, whose father promised she would dance with him on the bridges of Paris. A child Captain Tom Verity fears he may never see again.

In The Marines of Autumn, James Brady captures our imagination and shocks us into a new understanding of war.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312280819
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
05/15/2001
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
415,450
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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Marines of Autumn: A Novel of the Korean War 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a very exciting book that sweeps you up and tosses you right next to the marines. This book provides great insight into a war that seems to be forgotten war. The book shows the true nature of war from almost every angle. From the grunts in the trenches fighting in the bitter cold to the officers in the warm tents with all the luxuries of home. You see the marine's hardest and finest hours In the book The Marines of Autumn by James Brady, a Marine captain is thrown back in to action and sent into Korea to monitor Chinese radio traffic and ends up in a fight for the lives of him and his men. The story begins as the Allied forces are pushing the North Koreans back to the Chosin Reservoir. Communist China sends masses of troops to attack in early autumn and fought the military back over 100 miles to the coast during harsh winter. When Captain Verity arrives in Korea he is given a radio and the assistance of Gunnery Sergeant Tate with the radio they pick up a driver Corporal Izzo. The three head out and drive all over the countryside and deciphering Chinese radio traffic. When winter begins the men are sent up to the front and get stuck fighting the Chinese, protecting hills as the Chinese attacked day and night. Verity and his men return to the town where a base of operation is set up only to find that the marines are heading out. They fallback going from town to town while the Chinese stick to their heels. In the depths of the winter the marines make a long trek down to the coast with many of the soldiers freezing to death. Overall, I thought that the book is one of the best I have read the ending is slightly upsetting but is most often the truth about war. I was surprised about how the senior officers acted vastly incompetent in their decisions about the evacuation. One thing that was confusing is that the story will go from the main story to flash backs and little stories of Verity's daughter. But it all fits together in the end.
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Interesting mix of interaction, introspection, & pathos.
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paw1105 More than 1 year ago
An excellent study in Korean War History. Well written and easy to understand. It was hard not to read it all in one sitting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author has written, yet again, about the people who are willing to put their lives on the line for our nation. The author takes us back to the days following the his Warning of War and develops a character who you watch develop as a Marine and as an individual. His character development takes a different tack from that taken by William Butterfield in his The Corps series and focuses on one person and the events and people he deals with in completing the tasks at hand. What is described is not always pretty; but, war and its effect on people never is. It changes people and Brady shows how its changes them, and also how they struggle to retain their inate sense of right and wrong.
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Tamara Westbrooks More than 1 year ago
Nobody is very interested in the Korean War, or wants us to be. This book tore open the first horriffic winter at Chosin,and the resultant retreat that folllowed. Excellent novel.
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