Wednesday, November 17, 2010

GIVE ME TOMORROW Receives Starred Review from KIRKUS

They call it "the Forgotten War."  Korea.  For most Americans the Korean War was nothing more than the setting for the movie and TV show, M*A*S*H, but the troops who fought there, the Korean War was as brutal and horrific as any war fought.  And in GIVE ME TOMORROW, acclaimed combat historian Patrick K. O'Donnell portrays one of the most dramatic and moving stories of that war, the story the US Marine unit, George Company.  Or, as it came to be known, Bloody George.

“What would you want if you could have any wish?” asked the photojournalist of the haggard, bloodied US Marine before him. The marine gaped at his interviewer. The photographer snapped his picture, which became the iconic Korean War image featured on this book’s jacket. “Give me tomorrow,” he said at last.
After nearly four months of continuous and agonizing combat on the battlefields of Korea, such a simple request seemed impossible. For many men of George Company, or “Bloody George” as they were known—one of the Forgotten War’s most decorated yet unrecognized companies—it was a wish that would not come true.

This is the untold story of “Bloody George,” a marine company formed quickly to answer its nation’s call to duty in 1950. This small band of men—a colorful cast of characters, including a Native American fighting to earn his honor as a warrior, a Southern boy from Tennessee at odds with a Northern blue-blood reporter-turned-Marine, and a pair of twins who exemplified to the group the true meaning of brotherhood—were mostly green troops who had been rushed through training to fill America’s urgent need on the Korean front. They would find themselves at the tip of the spear in some of the Korean War’s bloodiest battles.

After storming ashore at Inchon and fighting house-to-house in Seoul, George Company, one of America’s last units in reserve, found itself on the frozen tundra of the Chosin Reservoir facing elements of an entire division of Chinese troops. They didn’t realize it then, but they were soon to become crucial to the battle—modern-day Spartans called upon to hold off ten times their number. Give Me Tomorrow is their unforgettable story of bravery and courage.

Thoroughly researched and vividly told, Give Me Tomorrow is fitting testament to the heroic deeds of George Company. They will never again be forgotten.

And KIRKUS REVIEWS, the toughest of all the trade review publications, agrees, giving it a starred review and saying the following:

“Drawing on interviews with the surviving members of George Company, O’Donnell graphically details the rigors of battle in the brutal Korean winter…While he does not underplay the horrors of the war, and does justice to the lighter moments that men remember years later, the author shines when he captures such catch-in-the-throat moments as when the Fifth and Seventh Marines, coming into base after a harried withdrawal under intense Chinese pressure, marched in singing the Marine Hymn…George Company’s performance at Chosin Reservoir practically defines heroism. O’Donnell brings it to vivid life.”

Published by Da Capo Books, the book is also available as an audio title from Blackstone Audio.  Give Me Tomorrow: The Korean War's Greatest Untold Story - The Epic Stand of the Marines of George Company


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