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The Frozen Hours: A Novel of the Korean War (edició 2017)

de Jeff Shaara

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"June, 1950: the North Korean army, a formidable force backed by Soviet arms and training, invades South Korea, with the intent of uniting the country under Communist rule. In response, the United States mobilizes a force to defend the overmatched South Korean troops. But the US is no better equipped than their allies. The American and United nations troops are fighting for their lives against the most brutal weather conditions imaginable, and an enemy that outnumbers them more than six to one. This struggle, and how the Americans respond, form the core of this novel. The Frozen Hours tells the story of "Frozen Chosin" from multiple points of view: Oliver P. Smith, the commanding general of the American 1st Marine Division, who famously redefined defeat as "advancing in a different direction"; Marine Private Pete Riley, a World War II veteran who now faces the greatest fight of his life; and the Chinese commander Sung Shi-Lun, charged with destroying the Americans he has so completely surrounded, ever aware that above him, Chairman Mao Tse-Tung watches his every move"--… (més)
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Títol:The Frozen Hours: A Novel of the Korean War
Autors:Jeff Shaara
Informació:Ballantine Books, Kindle Edition, 561 pages
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Etiquetes:historical-fiction

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The Frozen Hours: A Novel of the Korean War de Jeff Shaara

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A good supplement to David Halberstam's The Coldest Winter, but more personal. ( )
  jklavanian | Apr 3, 2020 |
great writing ( )
  cfulton20 | Dec 5, 2018 |
great writing ( )
  cfulton20 | Dec 5, 2018 |
Many years ago, I read Jeff Shaara’s Killer Angels, a dramatized account of the Battle of Gettysburg as seen through the eyes of the combatants. I thought it was magnificent. Shaara’s son Michael followed in his father’s footsteps, writing several similar “historical fiction” books focusing on military campaigns.

These books are all based upon historical events and feature actual historical figures, though the stories are fleshed out with dialog provided by the author. This work follows a Marine battalion (?) from the landing at Inchon through the disastrous Chosin Reservoir campaign in North Korea. The chapters are written through the eyes of three participant in the fighting, Marine commanding General O. P. Smith, Marine private Pete Riley and the Chinese commanding General Sung Shi-Lun, whose troops surrounded the Marine detachment before ultimately allowing it to escape.

The historical detail is excellent, focusing on the extremely difficult conditions faced by the troops from both sides. The Korean highlands experienced one of the most bitter winters in recorded history, with temperatures that dipped well below zero, resulting in numerous cases of frostbite and death from exposure.

I believe the author took some liberties in his attempt to lionize General Smith, at the expense of some of his superiors. Much has been written concerning the personality of Douglas MacArthur, and there is substantial historical underpinning for his treatment here, however it is hard to believe that General Ned Almond, who stood between Smith and MacArthur, was as incompetent and as big a martinet as painted by Shaara. Also, I found much of the dialog to be contrived, using every cliché and hackneyed phrase imaginable from the era.

This is the fourth Jeff Shaara work I’ve read and I’ve found them all to be good historical treatments, though a notch below that of his father. ( )
  santhony | Sep 6, 2018 |
A truly excellent novel - based in fact - and following real characters not fictional creations. The book is historically accurate, portraying the winter campaign around the Chosin Reservoir in all it's brutality, confusion, frustration, and bravery. The author makes the point of emphasizing the "other" combatant - the brutal cold of the Korean winter. For the rest of my life I will always think of a Tootsie Roll in an entirely different light ( )
  labdaddy4 | Sep 5, 2017 |
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"June, 1950: the North Korean army, a formidable force backed by Soviet arms and training, invades South Korea, with the intent of uniting the country under Communist rule. In response, the United States mobilizes a force to defend the overmatched South Korean troops. But the US is no better equipped than their allies. The American and United nations troops are fighting for their lives against the most brutal weather conditions imaginable, and an enemy that outnumbers them more than six to one. This struggle, and how the Americans respond, form the core of this novel. The Frozen Hours tells the story of "Frozen Chosin" from multiple points of view: Oliver P. Smith, the commanding general of the American 1st Marine Division, who famously redefined defeat as "advancing in a different direction"; Marine Private Pete Riley, a World War II veteran who now faces the greatest fight of his life; and the Chinese commander Sung Shi-Lun, charged with destroying the Americans he has so completely surrounded, ever aware that above him, Chairman Mao Tse-Tung watches his every move"--

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