Give Me Tomorrow: The Korean War's Greatest Untold Story - the Epic Stand of the Marines of George CompanyHardback
- Publisher: Da Capo Press Inc
- Format: Hardback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 158mm x 230mm x 28mm | 454g
- Publication date: 18 November 2010
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge, MA
- ISBN 10: 0306818019
- ISBN 13: 9780306818011
- Illustrations note: 14 pages b/w photos
- Sales rank: 354,579
"What would you want if you could have any wish?" asked the photojournalist of the haggard, bloodied 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.
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Patrick K. O'Donnell is a military historian and the author of six previous books: Beyond Valor, bestseller and winner of the prestigious William E. Colby Award for Outstanding Military History; Into the Rising Sun; Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs; The Brenner Assignment, which received international praise; They Dared Return; and the highly acclaimed We Were One, about a Marine platoon in the Battle of Fallujah. He has provided historical consultation for DreamWorks's award-winning miniseries Band of Brothers, and for documentaries produced by the BBC, the History Channel, and Fox News. He is an expert on WWII espionage, special operations, and counterinsurgency on the modern battlefield. O'Donnell is also the founder of the Drop Zone, an award-winning online oral history Web site.
Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers and Blood and Thunder "Patrick O'Donnell has a rare talent for isolating and burrowing into the great military stories of recent history. With Give Me Tomorrow, he applies his well-seasoned skills to a brutal, Thermopylae-like battle from the Korean War-a battle that tested the upper limits of heroism and the outer limits of human endurance." John Mosier, author of The Myth of the Great War and The Blitzkrieg Myth"A meticulously crafted narrative that not only follows the heroic struggles of one Marine unit, but gives the reader a sense of what for most Americans is, sadly enough, a forgotten war. Absolutely flawless: If you only read one book about the Korean War, Give Me Tomorrow should be that book." John C. McManus, author of Alamo in the Ardennes"Pat O'Donnell is, quite simply, one of the best combat historians of our time. In Give Me Tomorrow, he turns his attention to the Korean War and brings the story of the George Company Marines to life in a way that will keep you turning pages. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wishes to understand something of the realities of combat." Colonel Preston McLaughlin, USMC (Ret.), former chief of staff, Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan"Patrick O'Donnell has done it again! With finesse, he has created an impressive book that captures the experiences of the George Company 3/1 Marines and Sailors in their pivotal battles in the Chosin Reservoir campaign. He he has captured a mosaic of individual experiences that paint a realistic picture of the hard fighting and extreme conditions these heroic men endured. Marines and Sailors fight for their shipmates on their flanks, and this outnumbered Marine company played a crucial role in the success of the breakout. This volume should be in the professional library of every warrior and student of the Korean War." Col. Dick Camp (Ret), former Deputy Director of the Marine Corps' History Division and now The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation's VP for Museum Operations at the National Museum of the Marine Corps."Patrick O'Donnell's Give Me Tomorrow is more than an infantryman's war story. It is about gut-level combat-up-close and personal, with rifle and bayonet-that separates the men from the boys. It is the personal account of a Marine rifle company-the tip of the spear-in the first few months of the "Forgotten War." O'Donnell's storytelling is superb. By using the Leathernecks' own words and personal accounts, he brings the story to life. Each page resonates with authenticity... O'Donnell follows George Company, Third Battalion, First Marines from the amphibious landing at Inchon to the "Frozen Chosen," where it fights desperately to stay alive in 60+ degree below zero weather against overwhelming Chinese Communist "volunteers." I like this book...it stirs the blood of an old infantryman." Kirkus, 10/1/10 "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." Booklist, 11/15/10 "First Sergeant Rocco Zullo...isn't the only marine portrayed with great skill here...Place this book beside We Were One in the certainty of attracting the same audience." Asbury Park Press, 10/31/10 "Offers an up-close and often bloody account of battles from Inchon to Chosin Reservoir." New York Post, 11/7/10 "O'Donnell gives the brave Marines of George Company long overdue recognition." Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 11/10/10"A detailed book...A gripping read." Kingman Daily Miner, 11/5/10 "As the story unfolds it is as audacious as any movie, but the remarkable part of this saga is that it is true. Reading is gruesome at times, but so is war. The smells, bullets, explosions, and premonitions are forever etched in the mind of the reader. Each story is poignantly told, sometimes with humor, and other times with compassion which will bring tears to your eyes...This book has not only brought to life those who gave theirs in the defense of freedom, it captures the essence of how the Marine Corps is a brotherhood of men who will sacrifice their safety and lives for each other...[A] memorial to those who have valiantly served." Internet Review of Books, 11/11/10 "O'Donnell's effort deserves to be read by every person who loves America and the democratic ideals that drive our great engine of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness-and who understands that the preservation of those ideas can require that men and women sacrifice their lives. Give Me Tomorrow is a brief history, a microcosmic examination, of individual sacrifices necessary to preserve progressive ideals in a world where the power of totalitarianism can too easily hold sway...O'Donnell has written a remarkable book, one that deserves a wide audience in an age where young men still are asked to put on a uniform and die because humankind has yet to learn to resolve its differences without violence." InfoDad.com, 11/24/10 "O'Donnell has nothing but admiration and sympathy for the Marines who fought at Chosin. A new memorial to the men who fell there is now on display at the National Museum of the Marine Corps near Quantico, Virginia, but Give Me Tomorrow is a memorial as well...It is impossible not to respect the men of George Company...And it is impossible not to admire the painstaking research and very extensive interviews from which O'Donnell built Give Me Tomorrow." Bookviews.com, 11/28/10"Based on more than a hundred interviews and primary source materials, this book tells the story of mostly teenage boys who found themselves on the front lines of a war." Bradenton Times, 12/1/10"[P]rovides a little seen insight into the devastation of a war that has been nearly forgotten." Westlake.Patch.Com, 1/3/11 "The tale of one group of men struggling against the odds to defeat the enemy and protect each other." Military Heritage, February 2011"A testament to the bravery and fortitude of the American fighting man." Book Bargains and Previews "[An] unforgettable story of bravery and courage. This is an amazing piece of history that has been virtually untold for the past several decades...O'Donnell's research is impeccable...This is one of the best war stories I've ever read." Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, 2/6/11"O'Donnell's ability to document George Company's formation, training and tactical movements is indicative of an experienced journalistic 'embed.'" Reference & Research Book News, February 2011"Tells the untold story of 'Bloody George.'...The text memorializes the men, their friendships, their bravery, and the legacy of this group of America's little- known heroes." Relaxed Fit, 2/15/11"O'Donnell brings us into a frozen killing ground of the Korean War...This is an excellent, well documented work that belongs on the bookshelves of serious military historians...Give Me Tomorrow should be required reading in military academies and the halls of Congress. 50+ Lifestyles, February 2011 "It's difficult to find books about the Korean War, so this one is welcome...A compelling read...Worth adding to your military history library." Midwest Book Review, March 2011 "A detailed survey...Offers a personal approach to battle experience...[A] 'must' for any military history collection." Naval History, June 2011"Readers will appreciate [O'Donnell's] skill in developing this grunt's-eye view of combat...For readers wanting to get a sense of what it was like to be an infantryman in the 1st Marine Division during the opening months of the Korean War, the stories of the men of George Company more than fill that niche." "A moving and exciting story of courage, determination and the ethos of the Marine Corps." Collected Miscellany, 6/20/11 "O'Donnell combines excellent research with wonderful writing...[and] captures the spirit of the men of George Company." Charleston News Alternative, 6/23/11 "An heroic and sometimes blood-curdling story told by the individual soldiers...[O'Donnell] writes like someone who's been there." Marine Corps Gazette, August 2011 "The subjective nature of Give Me Tomorrow's primary source material is also its most exceptional strength...A fitting tribute to these Marines and an excellent addition to your bookshelf." Portland Book Review, 10/1/11"Brings to life the camaraderie shared between these men, and the gritty realities of combat that cemented their bond... The war in Korea is often called the Forgotten War. In honoring the boys who became men under the most harrowing conditions, the author chips away at that epithet and ensures that the valor of the men of George Company is preserved for the next generations." Burlington Hawk Eye 12/6/11 "Great for the history-lover on your list." Politics and Patriotism (blog), 3/21/12"A heartfelt compilation of first hand recollections of the Korean war, as told by the veteran members of George Company...O'Donnell brings together the firsthand accounts of men who fought a war that nobody wants to remember for reasons that nobody can quite put their finger on. This isn't just a history book. It's a testimony...Give Me Tomorrow does more than tell you what happened to a rifle company that went through Hell. It tells you who they were and how they prevailed." The Graybeards, November/December 2012 "Anyone who wants to know what it was like to be a U.S. Marine with George Co., 3rd Bn., 1st Regt., First Marine Division in the Korean War can find out vicariously by reading Give Me Tomorrow...Readers will pick up the book and be unable to put it down."