Last Stand at Khe Sanh
Gregg Jones

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Narrated By: William Hughes

Duration: 11 hours and 55 minutes

What to expect

The vivid, fast-paced account of the siege of Khe Sanh told through the eyes of the men who lived it.

For seventy-seven days in 1968, amid fears that America faced its own disastrous Dien Bien Phu, six thousand US Marines held off thirty thousand North Vietnamese Army regulars at the remote mountain stronghold called Khe Sanh. It was the biggest battle of the Vietnam War, with sharp ground engagements, devastating artillery duels, and massive US air strikes. After several weeks of heroic defense, the besieged Americans struck back in a series of bold assaults, and the North Vietnamese withdrew with heavy losses.

Last Stand at Khe Sanh is the vivid, fast-paced account of the dramatic confrontation as experienced by the men who were there: Marine riflemen and grenadiers, artillery and air observers, platoon leaders and company commanders, Navy corpsmen and helicopter pilots, and a plucky band of US Army Special Forces. Based on extensive archival research and more than one hundred interviews with participants, Last Stand at Khe Sanh captures the courage and camaraderie of the defenders and delivers the fullest account yet of this epic battle.

Genre

Military history: post-WW2 conflicts, Asian history, General and world history

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“An acclaimed journalist recounts the hell that was the siege of Khe Sanh…A story worth remembering.”

Kirkus Reviews

Last Stand at Khe Sanh brilliantly captures the pathos of the battle and the élan of the men defending one of Vietnam’s most recognizable combat bases. Gregg 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: The Boys of Pointe du Hoc

“A powerful and moving reminder of incomparable courage and extreme heroism in the Vietnam War.”

Alex Kershaw, author of The Bedford Boys

“Gregg Jones captures with compelling detail and riveting prose the human drama of the US Marines’ stand at Khe Sanh, one of the bloodiest, and still most controversial, of Vietnam War battles.”