"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."George Herring, Alumni Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Kentucky and author of America's Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975
Publishers Weekly, 4/21/2014
"This informative account serves as a testament to those who 'heeded the call of their duly constituted leaders' and 'went to Vietnam with the best of intentions,' earning 'a place of honor in American history.'"
"An acclaimed journalist recounts the hell that was the siege of Khe Sanh...[A] story about a long-abandoned fire base where too many died, which makes it a story worth remembering."
"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
"Last Stand at Khe Sanh is an enthralling tale of American courage and heroism. Gregg Jones brings to life one of the greatest battles in modern American military history, telling the story in such vivid detail and with such powerful writing that you'll find yourself wondering as you read how you would have responded to the horrific conditions faced by these soldiers. Stories of military valor from Vietnam are often overlooked, but this is a book you will always remember."Jonathan Eig, bestselling author of Luckiest Man and Opening Day
"Last Stand at Khe Sanh is a powerful and moving reminder of incomparable courage and extreme heroism in the Vietnam War."Alex Kershaw, author of the bestselling The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter
Jones recounts the battle with the naked honesty of the combatants who told him their stories a commanding history, so detailed it reads in places like a novel his cool, matter-of-fact approach makes the horror of the battlefield searing.”
Dallas Morning News, 5/18/14
[Jones] skillfully draws the reader close to individual Maries at the Khe Sanh [An] engrossing book Jones, however, takes readers an important step further after Khe Sanh is saved and abandoned In a moving epilogue, readers meet up again with several defenders and learn how their battle experiences shaped their lives moving forward.”
San Francisco Books & Travel, July 2014
Gregg Jones in Last Stand at Khe Sanh has thoroughly researched the 77-day siege, and his descriptions of the day-to-day trauma for 6,000 grunts on the ground at Khe Sanh stands in stark contrast to his portraits of the headquarters folks in Saigon, Da Nang and Washington The vivid contrast is superbly drawn.”